10 compelling storylines from the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs

Published: Thursday, May 9 2013 2:09 p.m. MDT

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As one of the NHL's most-storied franchises, and the most wealthy one, the Maple Leafs relished their return to the playoffs for the first time since 2004.

Led by former Bruin Phil Kessel and captain Dion Phaneuf, the Leafs qualified as the fifth-seed and drew the heavily favored Boston Bruins. Boston was the worst-possible opponent for Toronto, and the Maple Leafs are down 3-1 after David Krejci's overtime winner in Game 4 at Air Canada Centre.

Toronto is simply overmatched in every category. Boston has the better goaltender in Tuukka Rask, and their blue line has loads of playoff experience, led by Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg. Boston's Tyler Seguin is one of the best young forwards in the league, and Patrice Bergeron is a nightmare for any opposing center to go against. The Bruins have only lost a couple of players from their 2011 Stanley Cup championship roster. Oh, and having the NHL's active scoring leader in Jaromir Jagr doesn't hurt either.

Playing the Bruins was a rude awakening for the inexperienced Leafs, but this will help them moving forward under coach Randy Carlyle.
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