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07:20 AM ET 05.14 | Since a late-season benching, Milan Lucic has rediscovered the game that, at its best, takes on a little of Cam Neely, and he was at it again Monday night for the Bruins. [Lucic] pushed them and willed them to a victory of the Maple Leafs. It was that consuming, leaving the Leafs without an answer or an ability to hold on to a three-goal lead. ... And he had a little help from the game officials, who basically put their whistles away for most of the night. "I thought (Lucic's) hit on Carl Gunnarsson was borderline over- aggressiveness, Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said. "But the referees didn't see it that way. and you move on." If that penalty is called, maybe the game changes. Maybe.

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May 14, 2013  07:35 AM ET

Enough about the refs. This was one of the most amazing finishes I've ever seen in sports. It reminded me a lot of Matt Ryan at BC coming back from sure defeat against Va Tech, except better since it was in the playoffs. What a great game!

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May 14, 2013  07:48 AM ET

The officials have been pretty inconsistent this year. A lot of knee jerk reactions whenever someone gets hurt.

May 14, 2013  07:48 AM ET
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Randy Carlisle, aka; the worst defenseman to ever win a Norris Trophy spent half his presser moaning about the officiating. How quaint.**** up Randy Boy, you took your foot off the gas after the 4th goal and the prevent defense worked as it usually does. It prevented you from winning. Whiny dewshe.

Well said Rex.

May 14, 2013  07:57 AM ET

yeah, it was the ref's fault, please

May 14, 2013  08:00 AM ET
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**** up Randy Boy, you took your foot off the gas after the 4th goal and the prevent defense worked as it usually does. It prevented you from winning. Whiny dewshe.

That was apparent in those final 2 minutes... and the OT goal. Reimer was on an island with no support.

May 14, 2013  08:03 AM ET

Is Danny on suicide watch this morning?!

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May 14, 2013  08:06 AM ET
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Is Danny on suicide watch this morning?!

He and Argos will need to be monitored closely.

May 14, 2013  08:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Is Danny on suicide watch this morning?!

Danny, and all of Toronto.

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May 14, 2013  08:10 AM ET
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It's whatever. It took the B's 410 minutes of regulation time hockey to figure out the Leafs and they poured it on. Any team that can do that deserves it.

Toronto played them really well. Can't deny that.

May 14, 2013  08:10 AM ET
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...But it was fun, and it's something to build on.

Indeed - the future is far brighter than at this point last year. The kids learned OJT in the best possible way.

As I told Bruins & Bishop last night - it's been a pleasure to experience this round with you guys. Nothing to be ashamed of there.

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May 14, 2013  08:20 AM ET
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I agree. Gut feeling always said they weren't quite there yet - the D is shaky at best and they really need a guy to keep the PP motivated and coordinated. But couldn't they have just gotten blown out game 7? Did it really have to be the most painful possible method they could think of?

A few more rounds and Kessel was on his way to making a case for the Conn Smythe... :)

May 14, 2013  08:21 AM ET

Wow. That was exhausting. Both teams left it all out there. BOS had Krecij-Lucic-Horton and TOR did not have an answer. (hint for the offseason Nonis). Both teams gave it there all, its a shame one had to get knocked out in the first round.

Last night showed again why I have been saying that the winner of this series will go to the Finals. When BOS ramps it up, they are unbeatable. Not by PGH, not by OTT and not by NYR. No chance.

Of all the first round draws my Leafs could have had, this was the worst. BOS had all the advantages. But out of adversity comes strength, and TOR will build on this for the future. Kessel has finally shaken his demons, and I predict you will see a Hart and Selke contender from him in the future. He was getting a lot of love from the B's during the handshakes. Gardiner will be the offensive D-man every team needs. They need to keep adding, but finally, thank you (insert your deity here) they are FINALLY on the right track.

Lots of work to be done in the offseason, but for now, all I will say is

WELL DONE LEAFS !

May 14, 2013  08:22 AM ET
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I agree. Gut feeling always said they weren't quite there yet - the D is shaky at best and they really need a guy to keep the PP motivated and coordinated. But couldn't they have just gotten blown out game 7? Did it really have to be the most painful possible method they could think of?

I think it was the biggest 3rd period deficit a team has overcome to win a Game 7.

 
May 14, 2013  08:22 AM ET
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Did it really have to be the most painful possible method they could think of?

I feel your pain. Isles had a one goal lead with 6 minutes to go. That's where the inexperience shows. Guys that haven't been there before get rattled and the calmer teams prevail.

There's always next year.....

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