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BOSTON — On May 13 Ryan
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from three goals down in the third period and winning Game 7 of their playoff
series with the Toronto Maple Leafs in overtime.

Down by one, the Bruins pulled Tuukka Rask and scored twice, Patrice Bergeron
tying it with 51 seconds left in regulation and then winning it in OT.

That was five years ago and the Original Six rivals meet in the playoffs
again for the first time since, playing Game 1 of their Eastern Conference
series at TD Garden on Thursday night.

While Rask, Bergeron, Zdeno Chara and Brad Marchand are still leading
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and are each playing for a different coach.

“As a Leaf fan, it was tough,” Toronto’s Mitch Marner, 16 when his team lost
to the Bruins in 2013, said.

“It was hard to deal with,” said Nazem Kadri, who made it 4-1 with 5:39 left
in the third of that fateful game and is one of five Leafs still with the

“Nothing’s changed in terms of Boston being a resilient group. They’ve got
some veteran guys over there that have some serious experience.

“It’s going to take all we’ve got Derek
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The Maple Leafs finished third in the Atlantic Division, their 49-26-7 record
leaving them seven points behind the second-place Bruins, who missed the chance
to win the division and the top seed in the Eastern Conference with a loss to
the Florida Panthers on Sunday night.

The injury-plagued Bruins went 1-3-1 over the last five games.

“We won 50 games, and I think the body of work speaks that this team deserves
to be where we are, and we focus on Thursday night,” said Bruins general manager
Don Sweeney.

Toronto won three of the four games between the teams during the regular
season, one of them in overtime.

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.928 save percentage lifetime in the playoffs, was in goal for the seven-game
2013 win. He is 16-7-2 with a 2.14 GAA and .925 save percentage in the regular
season against the Leafs and also went 4-3 against them in those playoffs.

Amid theories he was overused, Maple Leafs netminder Fredrick Andersen
struggled with an .884 save percentage in March but then won twice in April. He
has also owned the Bruins throughout his career with Anaheim and Toronto, going
10-1-0 with a 2.09 GAA and .935 save percentage against Boston.

He won 38 games and pitched five shutouts (Rask had three) during the regular
season and is 19-13 with a 2.41 GAA and .915 save percentage lifetime in the
playoffs. Andersen lost twice in Game 7s that would have sent the Ducks to the

“If you lose a game or let in a goal … you’ve got to have a short memory and
be able to get back on track and just do what you try every time there’s a puck
in your end,” Andersen said Monday. “Just try to make a save. You can’t dwell on
anything. Just make the next one.

“We’ve been growing as a team through the year. It’s going to be

The Bruins appear to be healthier than they have been in a month — so healthy
that rookie Ryan Donato, signed late and an offensive factor for the team down
the stretch, is slated to be a healthy scratch for Game 1.

Both Rick Nash Cheap
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upper-body injury, and Sean Kimageuraly were back at practice Monday, coach Bruce
Cassidy saying, “They looked good. It bodes well for them.”

Boston center Riley Nash (ear) will miss the opener.

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