Bruins vs Maple Leafs: Ending Playoff Misery in First-Round Series

The Boston Bruins, with a record-breaking regular season behind them, and the Toronto Maple Leafs, seeking to overcome a history of playoff disappointments, face off in a highly anticipated first-round Stanley Cup Playoffs series at Boston’s TD Garden.

Saturday night at Boston’s TD Garden is more than just a game for the Bruins and the Maple Leafs. It’s a battle against their own playoff demons. For the Bruins, the pressure is on. They’ve been the NHL’s top team over the last two seasons but have stumbled when it mattered most. Last year, they set records with 65 wins and 135 points, only to fall in the first round to the Panthers. Ouch.

This season, they’ve kept up the pace even without their star centers, Bergeron and Krejci, who hung up their skates. They racked up 109 points, securing the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. Impressive, right?

Now, the Maple Leafs. Their playoff woes are legendary. We won’t twist the knife by mentioning 1967, the last time they lifted the Stanley Cup. Let’s just say it’s been a while. Since 2016, with the arrival of Matthews, Marner, and Nylander, and later Tavares, they’ve had star power but not much playoff success.

Despite being a regular-season powerhouse (102 points this season), playoff victories have been rare. They’ve only made it past the first round once in recent years. And yes, the Bruins have been a thorn in their side, beating them twice in heartbreaking Game 7s.

Both teams are desperate for more than just a first-round win. It’s about pride, redemption, and maybe, just maybe, starting a run towards the Stanley Cup. Can Marchand, Pastrnak, and McAvoy carry the Bruins forward? Or will Matthews and his crew finally break through for Toronto?

It’s anyone’s guess. But one thing’s for sureā€”it’s going to be a blast watching it all unfold.

Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson is a Senior Writer for HockeyMonitor. With a background in Sports Media, Alex joined the team in 2022. He focuses on providing the latest hockey news, game scores, and fresh NHL trade rumors.

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