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05/07/2013

A day with the Toronto Maple Leafs from morning to bitter end.

Rene Johnston, Rick Madonik, Lucas Oleniuk, Steve Russell & Tara Walton

 

Five Toronto Star photographers follow the Toronto Maple Leafs through the morning skate and falling to the Boston Bruins 5-2.

 

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TARA WALTON - Toronto Maple Leafs Jay McClement tightens his skates during Monday's afternoon practice.

 

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TARA WALTON - Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf skates during Monday's afternoon practice.

 

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LUCAS OLENIUK - Kyle Hay photographed at home Pickering after returning home from hospital in Boston.  Hay was sucker punched in the jaw following the Toronto Maple Leafs game two win. He received a concussion and needed staples to repair a large gash in the back of his head. Hay was in Boston to watch the game and celebrate his birthday. READ Kyle's story.

 

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RICK MADONIK - Warren Baxter of Oakville, is decked out in all his Cup gear in Maple Leaf Square. Fans congregated in Maple Leaf Square prior to the start of Game Three.

 

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STEVE RUSSELL - Ryan Szarga, 8, plays air hockey outside gate 1 prior to the game.

 

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RICK MADONIK - Stephen Stockley wears his Leaf Nation colours on his head, glasses and moustache and goatee.

 

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STEVE RUSSELL - Jessica Balsom from Fort McMurray, Alberta, waits to enter the arena.

 

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RICK MADONIK - Two women sport their Leaf sweaters with autographs as fans congregate in Maple Leaf Square.

 

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RENE JOHNSTON -  Tickets for the hottest event in town game 3, Leafs vs Bruins.

 

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LUCAS OLENIUK - The 25 winners of the Star's photo contest and 25 of their guests filled the Toronto Star gondola for game 3. 

 

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RENE JOHNSTON - Classy move, Phil Kessel tosses pucks to the fans during warmup.

 

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RENE JOHNSTON - Nazem Kadri leaves warmup.

 

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LUCAS OLENIUK - The Toronto Maple Leafs take to the ice for the pregame festivities.

 

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STEVE RUSSELL - Don Cherry waits to go on the air before the game.

 

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LUCAS OLENIUK - A packed house at the ACC passed a Maple Leaf flag around the rink.

 

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RICK MADONIK - Boston's Tyler Seguin and Toronto's Joffrey Lupul collide.

 

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RENE JOHNSTON - Carl Gunnarsson gives Milan Lucic some glove leather.

 

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STEVE RUSSELL - Zdeno Chara gives Colton Orr a little leather in scrum .

 

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RICK MADONIK - Leafs' Captain Dion Phaneuf unloads on Rich Peverley.

 

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RICK MADONIK - Toronto Maple Leafs Jake Gardiner immobilizes Boston's Chris Kelly.

 

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RENE JOHNSTON - Officials keep Boston's Brad Marchand and Toronto's Phil Kessel apart.

 

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RICK MADONIK - Boston's Johnny Boychuk gets tangled up with Toronto's James van Riemsdyk.

 

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STEVE RUSSELL - Water pours out of Tuukka Rask's mask during a break in play.

 

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RENE JOHNSTON - Boston Bruins Nathan Horton almost gets a skate to the face by Mark Fraser of the Maple Leafs.

 

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STEVE RUSSELL - Toronto Maple Leafs' Jake Gardiner blasts the puck past Chris Kelly and Tuukka Rask.

 

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LUCAS OLENIUK - Fans outside of the ACC react to Toronto's first goal.

 

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STEVE RUSSELL - Rich Peverley scores on James Reimer.

 

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LUCAS OLENIUK - Fans outside of the ACC react to Boston's third goal.

 

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STEVE RUSSELL - James van Riemsdyk and Zdeno Chara battle for position.

 

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RENE JOHNSTON - Bruins go up 4-1 after James Reimer let this one past from shot by Daniel Paille.

 

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RENE JOHNSTON - Toronto Maple Leafs  James van Riemsdyk smashes  Nathan Horton.

 

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RICK MADONIK - Boston's Nathan Horton roofs the puck over Leaf goalie James Remier.

 

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STEVE RUSSELL - Zdeno Chara puts a hit on James van Riemsdyk.

 

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LUCAS OLENIUK - Fans outside the arena watch the game slip away.

 

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RENE JOHNSTON - Maple Leaf coach Randy Carlyle wipes his brow after the open net goal.

 

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STEVE RUSSELL - Fans react to Toronto's 5-2 loss.

 

PHOTOS from,

 

Game 1, Leafs 1 - Boston 4

Game 2, Leafs 4 - Boston 2

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