Maple Leafs vs. Bruins: 5 Keys for Leafs to Advance to the 2nd Round

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Maple Leafs vs. Bruins: 5 Keys for Leafs to Advance to the 2nd Round
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Take a deep breath, Leafs Nation. Your boys have made the playoffs. Unfortunately though, the Toronto Maple Leafs drew the short straw and have the Boston Bruins as dance partners in their first-round series—their first playoff series in over nine years.

The Bruins have owned the Leafs the past few seasons, especially after the Bruins acquired Tuukka Rask and the pick used to select Tyler Seguin in the Phil Kessel deal.

The fact is, the Maple Leafs were not built initially to beat the Bruins under former head coach Ron Wilson. Wilson liked a wide-open style of game, and his special teams really took a licking because of it.

Now under coach Randy Carlyle, the Leafs special teams, especially their penalty killing, has taken a giant step forward.

Now, while its not the first-round matchup Leafs Nation wanted, it's still a series that I believe can be won by the Leafs, but it looks like it could be a seven-game series.

Here are five keys to the Leafs advancing to the second round.

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