Bruins prepare for return of Maple Leafs

WILMINGTON — The Bruins practiced this morning in Wilmington — using the same line combinations as in Thursday’s game against the Panthers — and much of the talk was about the Maple Leafs coming to town.

Toronto, as you might remember, was dismissed from the playoffs last season in stunning fashion by the Bruins, who scored three goals in the final 11 minutes of Game 7 plus another in overtime to come back from a 4-1 deficit and move on to the Eastern Conference finals.

“At the end of the day, we won [the Cup] just as much as they did,” Chris Kelly said. “The only team that won was the Blackhawks so obviously it was a great job by us to come back, but it’s in the past. That’s last year. They’re ahead of us in the standings now. This game is our focus.”


At the moment, Toronto is 1 point ahead of the Bruins, in third place.

In other news, Florida’s Jesse Winchester will have a phone hearing this afternoon with the league after his elbow caught Kelly in the chin early in Thursday’s game. Kelly went down, came up slowly, and skated off the ice, heading into the dressing room.

But Kelly was back quickly, and seemed to show no aftereffects of the hit.

“I haven’t seen the replay,” Kelly said this morning. “I saw that he is getting getting a hearing. The league will make the proper decisions. I don’t want to comment on it either way. I’ll let them handle it.”

Patrice Bergeron’s right eye was red and swollen this morning after he took a puck to the face Thursday. He said that while he experienced blurriness for 10-15 minutes after the incident, that has gone away. He does have a small blind spot left from the swelling.

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