Frederik Andersen, who allowed 23 goals in the series, including six in Game 7 will unquestionably need to be better.
"Last year is last year". "But we played some wonderful hockey, we deserved to be in the playoffs".
And when this year's postseason kicks off in Boston on Thursday night, it'll be a familiar foe in town for the first-round series. The Bruins won the season series 3-1, too. On Thursday night, Gardiner and the Leafs will have a chance at redemption when they open their first-round playoff rematch in Boston.
The Boston Bruins have a successful history against their first-round playoff opponent - but they're hardly dwelling on it.
While the Leafs, who battled back from a 3-1 series deficit just to force Game 7 previous year, might have an edge in depth up front, the Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak triumvirate could sink them on their own.
"Definitely", he said. "I've been with this team a long time, a lot of these guys". The Maple Leafs however only average 6:11 penalty minutes per game, which is the lowest amount in the entire league. The Leafs also lost three of the four between these teams during the regular season, which includes losing both games here in Beantown.
"Maybe win one", he noted.
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Toronto Maple Leafs teammates Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner are gearing up for another epic first-round series with the Boston Bruins this week. "Honestly, I'm just in shock right now". "It's going to be on the ice, amongst two teams".
"There's going to be moments in the game where they have momentum so it's, just don't do anything silly, just be patient and play". But general manager Don Sweeney doesn't anticipate familiarity being a factor in the result of this year's best-of-seven series. When you are the coach, take it on yourself, when you are the player, take it on yourself. Meanwhile, Nazem Kadri will be way ahead of his contributions from last season if he simply doesn't get suspended for three games after Game 1.
The Leafs haven't given their travelling show much to be cheer about since their Western Canadian trip, but this 815th meeting (regular season and playoffs) will carry some extra emotion.
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"I think the only people really talking about it are the media and that's obviously what you're paid to do". You pull your starter, throw a guy in there, the rest of the guys are looking at you like, "What the hell are you doing? Just try to move on".
Montreal became the last team eliminated from playoff contention on Friday when the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the New York Rangers 3-2 in a shootout. "They really can put the puck in the net".
"As you go on further in your career, you get more mature and more confident in the way you process things, I've found a way to park it better and use it in the right way", Andersen said.
If you've watched this team all season, that shouldn't come as a surprise.