Maple Leafs expecting the Bruins to be extra snarly for rematch

Maple Leafs' Frazer McLaren scores on Boston Bruins goalie Anton Khudobin as the puck trickles...

Maple Leafs' Frazer McLaren scores on Boston Bruins goalie Anton Khudobin as the puck trickles between his legson Saturday. (REUTERS/Fred Thornhill)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:48 PM ET

TORONTO - The Maple Leafs would be wise to read up on the Battle of Bunker Hill before going back to Boston.

The fighting spirit that American Colonists put up against the invading British in 1775 — with the huge monument visible from the TD Garden home of the Bruins — will be evident on Monday. With a day off between the home-and-home series after Toronto took Round 1 at the ACC on Saturday night, the Leafs know they have poked the bear.

Boston saw its eight-game streak against Toronto end, was beaten at its own checking and shot-block game and had the ignominy of having the game-winning goal achieved on a fancy move by fourth liner Frazer McLaren.

With first place in the division and in the Eastern Conference now in doubt, the Bruins might also be looking at the Leafs just four points back if the latter duplicates a regulation win.

It’s for all of those reasons that the Leafs are expecting what defenceman Mark Fraser calls “a completely different beast” come Monday night.


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