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Game 7 preview: Maple Leafs at Bruins

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  May 13, 2013 01:59 PM

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Good afternoon from TD Garden, where the Bruins will make their third attempt to close out the Maple Leafs and advance to the second round. The Bruins lost the last two games by 2-1 scores.

The Bruins touched down in Boston this morning at approximately 10:30 a.m. They had to remain in Toronto overnight after Game 6 because of a mechanical issue with their plane. The Leafs traveled to Boston immediately after the game.

It is unknown whether Andrew Ference will be available tonight. The defenseman didn’t play Sunday night because of an undisclosed injury, and he is day-to-day, according to coach Claude Julien.

It is also unknown whether the Bruins will change their lineup. They are getting nothing from the No. 2 line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and Tyler Seguin. For now, we’ll assume the lineup will remain the same. But Julien should be quick to change the formation if the Bruins don’t generate any offensive pressure quickly.

Puck drop: 7 p.m.

TV/radio: NESN (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Naoko Funayama), 98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers).

Records: Leafs 3-3, Bruins 3-3.

Projected Maple Leafs lineup:

James van Riemsdyk-Nazem Kadri-Phil Kessel
Jay McClement-Mikhail Grabovski-Nikolai Kulemin
Joffrey Lupul-Joe Colborne-Matt Frattin
Leo Komarov-Clarke MacArthur-Colton Orr

Carl Gunnarsson-Dion Phaneuf
Jake Gardiner-Cody Franson
John-Michael Liles-Ryan O’Byrne

James Reimer
Ben Scrivens

Healthy scratches: Ryan Hamilton, Frazer McLaren, Jesse Blacker

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Rich Peverley-Chris Kelly-Jaromir Jagr
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Adam McQuaid
Wade Redden-Dougie Hamilton

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Healthy scratches: Aaron Johnson, Matt Bartkowski, Kaspars Daugavins, Carl Soderberg, Jay Pandolfo

Story lines: Toronto coach Randy Carlyle declined to disclose whether Tyler Bozak will be in tonight’s lineup. Bozak missed Game 6 because of an upper-body injury. Former Bruin Joe Colborne made his NHL playoff debut in Bozak’s spot. Colborne did not look out of place … Even without Bozak, the Leafs were able to create offensively. Nazem Kadri, centering James van Riemsdyk and Phil Kessel, submitted one of his best performances of the series. Kadri assisted on Dion Phaneuf’s game-opening goal. Kadri won an offensive-zone faceoff against Patrice Bergeron prior to Kessel’s winner … Five of the Leafs have appeared in a Game 7: Kessel, van Riemsdyk, Phaneuf, Joffrey Lupul, and Ryan O’Byrne. Twenty of the Bruins have played in at least one Game 7 … Brad Watson and Dan O’Halloran will be the referees. Shane Heyer and Brad Kovachik will be the linesmen.

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