Bruins, Maple Leafs meet in battle of playoff contenders

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Tune in to Bruins-Maple Leafs on 98.5 The Sports Hub - the flagship station of the Boston Bruins. But three of those games are against the top three seeds in the Metropolitan Division. Managing to get a point in an overtime loss against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday night was a good start. That gave the impression the young Leafs may just have been paying attention after all. Bergeron is also another player the Leafs will have to keep an eye on, but Marchand and Pastrnak have done most of the damage for the Bruins this season.

The Boston Bruins have been looking over their shoulders at the Toronto Maple Leafs as the teams jockey for playoff spots and seedings.

"This essentially is a must-win for us if we want to place anywhere other than the wild-card spot".

"No question, you're always competing for that extra".

Injured on February 21 against Winnipeg, Carrick should offer some stability to a Leafs defence that head coach Mike Babcock has been shuffling around warily in recent weeks.

Carrick's knowledge of playoff strategy may have run short but his heart is in the right place. What's left for the Leafs are games against Atlantic Division teams that Toronto has had success against this season.

"It's the darker side, the things that you've got to play through". Both teams like to skate, have some skill, have good goaltenders, are well coached.

Losing 7-2 to Florida may turn out to be the wake-up call the Leafs needed, although it must be remembered they are still in the midst of their rebuild rather than a finished product. "But the way the two teams are matched up now, I think it's very different". When you saw them play [Saturday] night, they're above the puck all the time, tight in the [defensive] zone, make good plays.

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"Playing with a guy like Morgan will help do that, so no excuse".

Win here tonight and all of a sudden that gap is one point, with that game in hand, with 11 games left. That is normal as the playoffs approach.

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Toronto has five games against the NHL's top four offenses, including two games against the Columbus Blue Jackets. It's the same for the other team. "I thought we actually played pretty solid". On March 15, the Bruins tweeted out footage of Marchand walking down the hall post-game and repeatedly asking, "Where's the pizza at?"

The Black-and-Gold have won 12 of 16 games since Bruce Cassidy took over as the interim head coach, and play eight of their final 11 regular season contests at TD Garden.

Crosby pulled even with McDavid in the scoring race after putting up six goals and two assists in four games last week. Marchand has found that flawless balance of aggression and scoring that has put the Bruins back in the playoff race.

"Yeah [we'll] look up, look down, sideways - it don't matter", Kadri said of analyzing the standings and pursuing teams ahead of them. "Monday is a great way to do that". "We're trying to catch teams above us and we're aware of teams that are right on our heels so we've got to separate ourselves and try to catch teams above us".

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