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Expect electricity in the Air Canada Centre as the Toronto Maple Leafs enjoy their first playoff action at home in nearly a decade. Meanwhile, The Providence Bruins have refused to be eliminated. Let's all hope this determination is contagious.

Jim Rogash

<p><b> Party like it's 2004! The Toronto Maple Leafs host the Boston Bruins tonight at the Air Canada Centre in game three: </b></p>

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<li> The series is even, and the hometown crowd has not seen playoff action in almost a decade. [<a href="http://nesn.com/2013/05/bruins-maple-leafs-live-bs-enter-hostile-territory-in-game-3-in-toronto-with-series-even/">NESN</a>]</li>

<li> Here's where we left off... [<a href="http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=422406">TSN</a>]</li>

<li> Defensive meltdowns were prominent in the loss. [<a href="http://www.bruinsdaily.com/2013/05/05/defensive-meltdowns-cost-bruins-in-game-2/">BruinsDaily</a>]</li>

<li> From Sunday's practice... the defensive pairings will be retweaked, and we all hope Jaromir Jagr can shake that tenacious flu and perhaps spark the third line. [<a href="http://www.patriotledger.com/blogs/blogofice/x715753567/Bruins-bound-for-Toronto-Games-3-and-4">PatriotLedger</a>]</li>

<li> Here are some suggestions for juggling it up a bit tonight, and why Andrew Ference was sorely missed. [<a href=http://causewaycrowd.com/2013/05/05/bruins-vs-leafs-with-game-3-on-the-horizon-what-can-the-bruins-do-differently/">Causeway Crowd</a>]</li>

<li> The Bruins will need to regain momentum, and remember that consistency Claude Julien had been seeking recently? Need that, too. [<a href="http://www.torontosun.com/2013/05/05/bruins-need-a-streak">TorontoSun</a>]</li>

<li> Speaking of consistency, the Bs have begun to show a drop-off on away game success. [<a href="http://bostonherald.com/sports/bruins_nhl/boston_bruins/2013/05/bruins_must_be_better_on_road">BostonHerald</a>]</li>

<li> The Bs expect a bees nest, although Milan Lucic is ready to "embrace the challenge." [<a href="http://espn.go.com/boston/nhl/story/_/id/9245612/2013-nhl-playoffs-air-canada-centre-rocking-boston-bruins-toronto-maple-leafs-game-3">ESPN</a>]</li>

<li> Wade Redden has good reason to be delighted to join the Bruins and be in the playoffs. [<a href="http://www.telegram.com/article/20130505/NEWS/105059935">Telegram&Gazette</a>]</li>

<li> Toronto's postgame exuberance was understandable, but check back after game three. [<a href="http://www.theprovince.com/sports/hockey/calgary-flames/Johnson+Leafs+Nation+should+stop+planning/8341092/story.html">TheProvince</a>]</li>

<li> For fun, Bruins fans describe their favorite Bruins players in (just about) one word. Oh, and they STILL thank Phil Kessel. [<a href="http://www.boston.com/sports/hockey/bruins/extras/bruins_blog/2013/05/fans_describe_b.html">BostonGlobe</a>]</li>

<li> Is Tyler Seguin going to get the Kessel treatment in Toronto? [<a href="http://bostonherald.com/sports/bruins_nhl/boston_bruins/2013/05/buckley_tyler_seguin_is_bruins_version_of_phil_kessel?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A%20bostonherald/sports/hockey%20%28Bruins%20%26%20NHL%20-%20Bruins%20%26%20NHL%20-%20BostonHerald.com%29">BostonHerald</a>]</li>

<li> A team-by-team recap of the weekend action, for our amusement. [<a href="http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/learned-why-letting-them-play-nonsense-nhl-134326733.html">PuckDaddy</a>]</li>

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<p><b> Have you been watching the coverage on the Providence Bruins? They've battled back from being two games down in their best of five series: </b></p>

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<li> Carter Camper 's hat trick capped the 5-4 win at Hershey. Niklas Svedberg made 28 saves. [<a href="http://www.providencejournal.com/sports/bruins/content/20130505-camper-s-hat-trick-gives-p-bruins-dramatic-win-in-game-four.ece">Providence Journal</a>]</li>

<li> Here's your chance to get up to speed on the PBruins Calder Cup progress. [<a href="http://www.stanleycupofchowder.com/2013/4/28/4278052/ursine-battle-of-destiny-providence-bruins-Hershey-bears-ahl-Calder-cup">StanleyCupOfChowder</a>]</li>

<li> And check this prospects report for some cheery news. [<a href="http://hockeyjournal.com/blog/kirks/2013_Boston_Bruins_end_of_season_prospects_roundup-_10-1">NewEnglandHockeyJournal</a>]</li>

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<p><b> **** This is just sickening, and it is wrong on every level. Great way to treat guests at a game. If you were at the game and saw anything, or have video or pics that might help the authorities identify the perps, please report it. **** </b></p>

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<li> Leafs fan allegedly assaulted after Game 2 at TD Garden. [<a href="http://theleafsnation.com/2013/5/6/j">TheLeafsNation</a>]</li>

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