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Bruins, Leafs make Game 5 tweaks

After an overtime thriller in Game 4, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins made some changes for Game 5. (No Dion Phaneuf trade yet, though, sorry.)

Frazer McLaren’s injury opens the door for offensive defenseman John-Michael Liles’ return to Toronto’s lineup.

Meanwhile, the Bruins swapped defensemen with Matt Bartkowski replacing Wade Redden in the lineup. The Bruins announced that Redden is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury.

Boston points out that this is Bartkowski’s playoff debut.

The Bruins host the Leafs in what could be a series-ending Game 5 on Friday. It’s about to start up on NHL Network at 7 p.m. ET.

Redden out for Bruins tonight

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Bruins defenseman Wade Redden is “day-to-day” with an undisclosed injury and will miss tonight’s game versus Toronto at TD Garden.

Per CSN New England, either Matt Bartkowski or Dougie Hamilton will replace the 35-year-old veteran. (Bartkowski seems to be the favorite.)

Boston coach Claude Julien wouldn’t say what’s wrong with Redden, who has one goal and one assist in four playoff games while averaging 15:23 of time on ice.

The Bruins lead their series with the Maple Leafs, 3-1, and can move on to the second round with a victory tonight.

Now the Leafs and Bruins are arguing about faceoffs

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A predominant theme has emerged in the early part of the Stanley Cup playoffs:

Faceoffs.

More specifically, cheating on faceoffs.

The topic has already arisen in the Vancouver-San Jose and Chicago-Minnesota series and is now making waves in Toronto-Boston — the Bruins have dominated throughout the series, but Game 3 was their most dominant effort yet.

Boston won 60 percent of its draws and 71 percent in the defensive zone, results that Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle questioned.

“Specifically when you’re at home, you think that you would be afforded some of the staples of the opposition having to be down first and stop,” Carlyle told TSN, regarding the number of times his centers were waved out.

“In our review, there was some things that were going on out there that we don’t agree with.”

Boston head coach Claude Julien’s response?

“It’s going to be interesting to see whether the referees and the linesmen just do their job and not worry about who’s crying wolf.”

Faceoffs have been a major source of controversy not just this playoff, but during the regular season as well.

At the start of 2013, the NHL implemented a new rule preventing faceoff participants from batting the puck with their hand in an attempt to win the draw.

Any player caught doing so would be given a two-minute delay of game minor.

In the postseason, a new issue has arisen — players getting tossed out.

Toronto’s Tyler Bozak was booted from a number of draws during Game 3 (when he asked why, Bozak was told he wasn’t coming to a complete stop before the puck was dropped) and Minnesota captain Mikko Koivu got a “stern talking-to from linesmen a handful of times,” during Sunday’s win over Chicago.

“It seemed like just from watching, when Bozie was coming down [with his stick], they were starting to come up and he was trying to counteract that and he was getting tossed,” Toronto’s Jay McClement explained. “It’s tough when you’re getting tossed all the time.

“It’s tough to cheat the way you normally do and time it because then you just get tossed more and more.”

‘Just another game’ for the party-spoiling Bruins

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The Toronto Maple Leafs’ first home playoff game since 2004 – there have been two lockouts since then – didn’t quite go as planned.

The visiting Boston Bruins silenced the crowd at the Air Canada Centre and outside in Maple Leafs Square with a 5-2 victory to take Game 3 of the series.

The Bruins should be used to spoiling big playoff parties in Canadian cities. In 2011, the Bruins won the Stanley Cup in a Game 7 victory over the Canucks in Vancouver.

And the 2013 Bruins seemed rather indifferent to the emotions of all those Toronto hockey fans.

“I understand it’s their first playoff game in a while, but it’s just another game, just another building,” Bruins’ forward David Krejci told the National Post. “Obviously it was loud, but it’s just another game.”

Those who had hoped to attend the first playoff game in Toronto since 2004 had to dig deep into their wallets, too.

Cheap tickets were going for as low as $205 at Stubhub. More expensive tickets were nearing the $1,000-mark.

A lot of money, but no victory for the Leafs, who now trail in the series 2-1.

“We did a lot of good things,” Leafs’ head coach Randy Carlyle told the Toronto Star. “But the mistakes we made aren’t going to allow us to win many hockey games.”

Video: Bruins’ Thornton fights Leafs’ Fraser

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Game 2 of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarter-final between the Maple Leafs and the Bruins went to Toronto.

The series is now tied 1-1 as it shifts back to Toronto for Games 3 and 4. But the battle lines have been drawn, as evidence by a fight between Bruins’ tough guy Shawn Thornton and Mark Fraser of the Maple Leafs with one second remaining in the third period of Toronto’s 4-2 win.

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