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The Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins are two of the oldest surviving franchises from the NHL’s first decade, yet somehow they’ve only met in the playoffs 16 times in the past 106 seasons. While the overall playoff results have the teams tied 8-8 in series wins, all of these wins are in our grandparents’ past, as the Maple Leafs have not defeated the Bruins in a playoff since the 1950s offseries. Expansion hurts us all. That and passing on Bobby Orr.

1932-33: Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Boston Bruins in five games – 3-2

The first time these two franchises faced off, the Maple Leafs took the five-game semifinal series all the way to the wire, winning in game five. The season’s series was heavily in Boston’s favor, with the Maple Leafs going 1-4-1 against the Bruins. The most notable game is game five, which went into triple overtime and is the second-longest game in NHL history.

After defeating the Bruins in the semifinals, the Maple Leafs would lose three games to one against the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup Final.

I’m going to take a moment and think about why the Maple Leafs and Bruins were the only series in the 1933 postseason to play a best of five series against a total goals series, like every other series aside from the Stanley Cup Finals . NHL, what were you doing?

1934-1935: Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Boston Bruins in four games – 3-1

They met again two years later and the Bruins again won the season series 3-2-1. However, this time in the playoffs, the Maple Leafs defeated the Bruins in four games. However, the end result was the same, with a loss in the Stanley Cup Final, this time against the Montreal Maroons. This would be the last Stanley Cup victory for the Maroons.

This series included three shutouts (2 Toronto, 1 Boston) and a double-team win by Boston in the first game.

1935–36: Toronto Maple Leafs over Boston Bruins, 8–6 total goals run

The Maple Leafs had the winning record against the Bruins this time, going 3-1-2 against Boston. To get into the playoffs, the Maple Leafs had to play a two-game goal series against the Bruins. The Maple Leafs won this series 8-6, scoring eight goals against the Bruins at Boston Garden in game two.

The Maple Leafs would defeat the New York Americans 2-1 in the semifinals and lose 3-1 in the Stanley Cup Final to the Detroit Red Wings.

The Maple Leafs 8 goal game featured a hat trick from Charlie Conacher, with the second goal being the game winner.

1937-1938: Toronto Maple Leafs over Boston Bruins 3-0 in best of five

The Leafs returned to a losing record against the Bruins going 1-5-2 during the regular season. It wouldn’t matter, however, as the Leafs defeated the Bruins in three games in the first round, but would lose 3-1 to the Chicago Black Hawks in the finals.

The sweep included one double-overtime shutout and a 3-2 overtime victory at the Boston Garden.

1938-1939: Boston Bruins over Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 in the Stanley Cup Final

The Bruins would ultimately beat the Maple Leafs when it mattered most. The Maple Leafs defeated the New York Americans (2-0) and the Detroit Red Wings (2-1) en route to the finals, but could not beat Boston this time as the Bruins would win their second Stanley Cup in five games. .

The Maple Leafs’ only win of the series came in overtime, after the Bruins recovered from an early 2-0 deficit.

1940-41: Boston Bruins over Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3

Two straight playoff wins for the Bruins as they defeated the Leafs in a tough seven-game series in the semifinals. The Bruins would defeat the Detroit Red Wings in the finals for Stanley Cup #3.

Game seven was a close match, with the score tied 1-1 midway through the first period before Mel Hill scored the winning goal for the Bruins with five minutes remaining.

1947-48: Toronto Maple Leafs over Boston Bruins 4-1

The Maple Leafs would have to wait eight years for their revenge, and they would make quick work of the Bruins in the semifinals before dispatching the Red Wings in a four-game sweep for their seventh Stanley Cup.

Game five was a big 5-1 victory for the Leafs in Boston, with Bill Barilko, Howie Meeker, Ted Kennedy, Garth Beosch and Nick Metz scoring for Toronto.

1948-49: Toronto Maple Leafs over Boston Bruins 4-1

A perfect repeat of the 1948 playoffs, the Leafs defeated the Bruins in five games and then defeated the Red Wings in the Cup Final.

Game three was the big one again, with the Bruins winning 5-4 in overtime at Maple Leaf Gardens. Woody Dumart scored the overtime goal with just under four minutes remaining, allowing the players to get to bed at a decent time for their day’s work.

1950-51: Toronto Maple Leafs over Boston Bruins 4-1

Another five game series victory for the Leafs in the semi-finals, after which they would defeat the Montreal Canadiens for the Cup in another five game series.

The series winner was a big 6-0 win, with Joe Klukay scoring three points (2G, 1A).

1958-59: Toronto Maple Leafs over Boston Bruins 4-3

After nearly a decade apart, they found a way to play again. In the semifinals we have another Bruins loss, this time the series went all the way to seven games, with the Leafs coming out on top. Unfortunately, the Maple Leafs would fall to the Montreal Canadiens in five games in the Stanley Cup Final.

This series featured two overtime games and would be won in a 3-2 win for Toronto by a goal with less than 3 minutes left by Gary Ehman.

1968-1969: Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 4-0

Ten years after their last meeting, the Maple Leafs lost their playoff mojo against the Bruins and were defeated in the quarterfinals. Including two big blows of 10-0 and 7-0.

The goaltenders exposed to these outbursts were Johnny Bower and Bruce Gamble; But other than that they did fine in their careers.

1971-72: Boston Bruins over Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1

The first overall Bruins finished the season with 39 points (119) ahead of the Maple Leafs (80). What followed was four easy wins – and one OT loss – over the Maple Leafs en route to winning their fifth Stanley Cup over the New York Rangers.

The only winning goal for Toronto came in overtime and was scored by Jim Harrison.

1973-1974: Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 4-0

The Bruins again finished first overall in the NHL and used their power to eliminate the Maple Leafs again in the first round. The Bruins would not get a sixth Stanley Cup, however, as they would fall to the Philadelphia Flyers in six games.

The Leafs made it a game in game seven, losing 4-3 in overtime after Inge Hammarstrom tied the game with 1:47 left in the third period.

2013: Boston Bruins over Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3

We all know this series because the last 15 minutes are ingrained in our minds. This is where the expression ‘It was 4-1’ was born. It should have been the highlight for the Brian Burke-built Maple Leafs, even though Burke himself was relieved of the General Manager position just days before the season started. However, there was one miraculous Bruins comeback (which Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs didn’t see; he left the game thinking the Bruins were out), and we were left stunned with the image of James Reimer lying face down was in his fold. Most Leafs fans have made peace with the loss and would like everyone to keep quiet about it.

2018: Boston Bruins over Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3

After a five-season hiatus, the Leafs and Bruins met again for the fifteenth time in the history of the two franchises. The Bruins would win games one (5-1) and two (7-3) easily, and the Maple Leafs would lose center Nazem Kadri to a three-game suspension for a hit on Tommy Wingels. The Maple Leafs would make up some ground in game three (4-2) and win games five (4-3) and six (3-1) to overcome a 3-1 series deficit after dropping game four (3 -1). on home ice. In Game seven, the Maple Leafs took a 4–3 lead in the third period but then gave the game away to the Bruins who scored four goals in the third period and won the game 7–4.

2019: Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3

The back-to-back playoff series against the Bruins had everyone hoping for a redemption story, but two things repeated themselves. The Bruins won and Nazem Kadri was suspended. The Maple Leafs came out strong with a 4-1 victory at the Toronto Dominion Garden, but lost by the same score in the second game. In fact, both teams would trade wins every game, with the Leafs earning close victories in games three (3-2) and five (2-1) and the Bruins winning games four (6-4) and six (4-2). ) with bigger scores and a two-goal margin, thanks to empty net goals. Everyone hoped the pattern would repeat in game seven, but the Bruins would jump out to a two-goal lead and lead 3-1 in the third period, during which Boston would pot two empty net goals to tie the series at 5- 1 to win. to win.


Sixteen play-off series. Eight straight wins. Eight straight losses.

Toronto’s top players have grown since that last series. Boston’s best players have aged, retired and been replaced since that last series.

The Maple Leafs depth has been almost completely overhauled since then.

Will this be the end of the Bruins’ playoff winning streak?


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