Bruins are for the taking — rest is up to Maple Leafs

Leafs' Mikhail Grabovski battles with Bruins' Johnny Boychuk Saturday, February 2, 2013, at the...

Leafs' Mikhail Grabovski battles with Bruins' Johnny Boychuk Saturday, February 2, 2013, at the ACC. (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:47 PM ET

These are not your father’s Boston Bruins. These are not even the Stanley Cup Bruins of two years ago.

Yes, they won the Cup. Yes, it was mostly this roster, with Claude Julien coaching, minus the crazy Conn Smythe winner in goal, Tim Thomas.

But watch this team play: There’s something wrong. They do not scare people. There isn’t that dangerous take no prisoners attitude. This hasn't been a unit that owns the boards, the front of the net, and just about everywhere else on the ice.

This is a Bruins team that has lost its way. Boston has lost that swagger. You could hear that in general manager Peter Chiarelli’s voice when talking about the series. The fans in Boston are concerned. The general manager is concerned.

The time is right for the Maple Leafs to take advantage and the time is now. That isn’t to say it’s going to happen. It’s only to say it can happen.


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