May 1, 2013
Maple Leafs creamed by Bruins in Game 1
By ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski is floored by Bruins defenceman Johnny Boychuk during Game 1 of their NHL Eastern Conference quarterfinal at TD Garden in Boston, May 1, 2013. (BRIAN SNYDER/Reuters)

BOSTON - Perhaps Randy Carlyle could really sense what was coming, as desperate as he was to avoid what might have seemed obvious against a team familiar with a recent Stanley Cup run.

Nine years out of the playoffs and with no fewer than nine of his Maple Leafs about to break their NHL post-season maiden, the coach implored his team not “to be in awe” of the seasoned opposition Wednesday night at the TD Garden.

Well there was plenty of shock, awe and, in Carlyle’s words post-game — “self destruction” in the long-awaited return to hockey’s treasured time.

Yes, it was an underwhelming debut to the Stanley Cup tournament for the Leafs who were beaten soundly in so many areas that they were no match for a veteran Bruins team which cruised to a frightfully easy 4-1 win.



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