May 10, 2013
'Everything is on the line': Leafs coach Randy Carlyle to team
By ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

Toronto Maple Leafs' Mark Fraser against Boston Bruins' Milan Lucic in the second period. The Toronto Maple Leafs host the Boston Bruins in the third game of their NHL Eastern Quarterfinal Playoff series at the Air Canada Centre on May 6, 2013. MICHAEL PEAKE/QMI AGENCY

BOSTON - Milan Lucic learned his lesson the hard way three years ago.

Any lead in a series isn't a safe one.

That's the message hammered home to the Bruins as they attempt to close out the Leafs in tonight's Game 5 here at TD Garden.

After Wednesday's 4-3 overtime thriller, the Bruins aren't about to get comfy with the 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarter-final.

"All we have to do is go back to 2010 against Philly," said Lucic, a big part of the lethal David Krejci line that has been destroying the Leafs so far in this series. "Everything was going well and we kind of took it for granted.

"We don't want to make that same mistake here."


The mistake three years ago saw the Flyers storm back and win the final four in that series to eliminate the Bruins a year before their Stanley Cup run. The Leafs will no doubt get some fuel from that as well.

That and the fact that the team has both been solid on the road and able to bounce back from losses all through the abbreviated regular season.

"Put it all out there, everything is on the line," Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said of the instructions he offered his team. "We've been a pretty resilient team all year."

Obviously a key for the Leafs will be to get off to a quick start, especially in what promises to be a fired up building and facing a team anxious to get the series over with in a hurry.

The other priority, of course, is to shut down red-hot David Krejci, who has five goals and five assists so far in the series, including that dramatic overtime game winner in Game 4 at the Air Canada Centre.

The entertainment value has been high throughout and with possible elimination on the line, you would expect that to continue tonight.

"It's probably been a great series to watch," Leafs winger Joffrey Lupul said. "A ton of shots, a ton of hits.

"They've just found ways to win games, whether it be with big saves like it was in the last game and they've avoided some of the critical mistakes that we've made.

The Bruins will be without veteran defenceman Wade Redden who is sidelined with an undisclosed injury. Either Matt Bartkowski or Dougie Hamilton will take his place tonight.

The Leafs, meanwhile, will have to replace defenceman Mark Fraser, who took a puck to the face in Game 4 and is still recovering. The likely candidate would be John-Michael Liles.

"We talked about trying to be a little bit more desperate," Lupul said. "We did a lot of things well last game so we're not coming in here and changing a lot of things.

"But everyone can be a little bit better. We've got to keep being aggressive and be careful with the puck."

Adding fuel to the Bruins motivation is the recognition that once the Leafs shed their jitters in Game 1, they have battled the Bruins hard the rest of the way.

"After that first game, they've pretty much taken over the series," forward Brad Marchand said. "They've really played a lot better than we have and I don't think the score really reflects what the games has been like.

"These games have been very tough to play in. There's been so much emotion and intensity. We don't want to take this game lightly."

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