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Leafs Try To Even Up The Series Tonight

Sunday, 12.05.2013 / 8:44 AM / News



BRUINS at MAPLE LEAFS

(Boston leads best-of-7 series 3-2)

TV: CBC, RDS, NESN

Big Story: Can the Boston Bruins take advantage of their second chance to close the series? Or will goaltender James Reimer be able to summon another big effort to help the Toronto Maple Leafs keep their season alive?

Team Scope:

Bruins: Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin were Boston's leading scorers in the regular season, but they've been absent through the first five games against Toronto.

Marchand, who had team-bests of 18 goals and 36 points, has two assists through five games. Seguin, second on the team with 16 goals, has no points.

"You want to contribute every night, but that's not how it works," Marchand said after Game 5. "Even if you're not scoring, you have to do other things well. I've got to do something to turn that around and get on the scoreboard."

Coach Claude Julien said he's talked to those players but wouldn't divulge what was said. He did say the team needs the pair to start producing offensively.

"I haven't denied the fact that [Marchand] and that line haven't been as good," Julien said. "Certainly [there are] things that we deal with internally and dealt with those guys internally. Certainly, I'm not going to elaborate on them, specifically, publicly; that's not my style. I'm seeing the same thing you guys are. That's the case, a lot of those things aren't happening right now. Those things have to happen. We're doing some work with those guys to help them find those parts of their game and you hope that that's going to be the case [Sunday]."

Maple Leafs: Toronto needs its best players to step up their play in order to win, but it also needs strong play from unlikely sources, and Clarke MacArthur would fall into that category.

MacArthur played Game 1 but was a healthy scratch in Games 2 and 3. He returned and scored a goal in Game 4 then scored the winner in Game 5.

"I just wanted to stay ready in practice," MacArthur said Saturday. "You never know when you're going to get the chance to play again. It was nice to get back in and help the team."

Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said he just didn't see enough from MacArthur in the 12:48 he played in Game 1. But the coach was far happier with what he saw in Game 4, which is why MacArthur stayed in the lineup for Game 5.

"As you make decisions on playing personnel you do an evaluation, and we felt after the first game somebody else would be able to step in and give us a better game than what Clarke did," Carlyle said. "That's basically it. You make those decisions, and at this time of the year they are critical ones. Sometimes they work for you and sometimes they work against you. For him, he didn't feel good about it and you don't expect a player to accept it. You'd be really disappointed if he wasn't upset with us or himself. He has responded coming back into the lineup and he found a way to get a goal in each game. He has to continue to play and be hard on the puck."

Who's hot: Bruins captain Zdeno Chara is tied for the League lead among defensemen with five assists and six points. … Reimer stopped 43 of 44 shots to backstop a season-saving 2-1 win in Game 5.

Injury report: Bruins defenseman Wade Redden (undisclosed) is questionable but did skate at the team's optional practice Saturday. … Maple Leafs defensemen Michael Kostka (finger) and Mark Fraser (head) are out.

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