National Hockey League head coach gives interesting take on Bruins vs. Leafs playoff series

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You might as well burn the tape. That would open the door at the Bell Centre for Igor Ozhiganov, Martin Marincin and Justin Holl to get in on defence with Morgan Rielly, Jake Gardiner and Calle Rosen.

The Leafs, who finished third in the Atlantic, have lost playoff series against Boston in two of their last three post-season appearances, including a seven-game exit in the first round of the 2018 playoffs.

The Maple Leafs were leading 5-4 when Poehling completed his hat trick with 2:31 left on the clock. I've got a pretty good sense of how the internet works at this point. Babcock said. "Those little hardships are the best things for you, they'll allow you to grow and make you grow". I think we're an exciting team to watch. "As a player, you're just worrying about game tape of maybe the game you just played and if there's anything you can learn from it or not and then you move forward and look at what you might see in the next game".

"We would like [Gardiner] to be here". He's the second-longest serving current Leaf after centre Nazem Kadri.

A disc injury serious enough to keep him out of action for six weeks and warrant debate over surgery will also be top of mind. Guys like Chris Wager, Noel Acciari and David Backes are going to be players the B's are going to really depend on to finish each and every check, to create energy and to create offensive chances with their hard fore-checking. "So you know I'm sure it's going to be a very exciting series and you know regardless of what happens in the first four games I'm sure the tides are going to swing one way or another".

"It's real simple for me".

"I think Jake Gardiner is a really good player", Babcock said on Tuesday.

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That's fine by Gardiner, who is expected to start "Slay the Bruins Take 3" to the left of his likely 2019-20 incumbent, Travis Dermott. That's how you can tell it doesn't bother him what everyone is saying outside.

Matthews was targeted by Bergeron and hulking defenceman Zdeno Chara at almost every turn at this juncture 12 months ago, especially when the Bruins had the last change.

"I was telling my wife, 'He's starting to like me a bit more.' He's smiling". "He's been a blessing".

"Yeah, definitely", Gardiner said.

Positively or negatively, it's hard to imagine a scenario where Gardiner's performance this April won't impact his value league-wide. "We're going to be better for it next year". But this is a team that has weathered adversity all year and has only gotten better as the season progressed. We need to take advantage of our opportunities and make sure we're prepared for each game. That's very important this time of year.

Zach Hyman, Jake Gardiner, Trevor Moore, William Nylander and Kasperi Kapanen scored for the Maple Leafs (46-28-8), who will face the Boston Bruins in the first round of the playoffs. The Bruins scored four unanswered, and the walls caved in. "You learn how to play without the puck so you can have it more".

Babcock's too old to be playing these silly games, isn't he? "So then they ran with that for a while". So for us to use one or the other, I don't think, is a big deal in our locker room.