Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/08/13 at 10:14 AM ET
By Eli Epstein, TiqIQ
Through three games, the Bruins have shown flashes of brilliance, proving themselves to be astonishingly brutal in protecting their own net from oncoming traffic--be it both pucks and bodies--and vicious in their ability to turn the slightest Maple Leaf error into a turnover and a Boston goal.
For Boston, playmaking center David Krejci is squelching any speculation that he’s a only a sporadic talent. Through three games he’s setting up Bruins left and right, registering seven points in the process. If there was one player the Bruins needed goal-scoring from aside from mercurial Milan Lucic, it was probably Nathan Horton, who has tallied three so far. On the back end, the Bruins defensive corps has been bruising and highly effective in throwing rubber on net. Zdeno Chara and Johnny Boychuk have both registered 13 hits through three games.
In Toronto, the brainstorm continues on how to ignite Phil Kessel with 6’9 Zdeno Chara dogging him all game long. So far this series, Kessel has two goals, but young phenom Nazem Kadri has only logged one assist. The larger point of emphasis in Toronto will need to be defense and turnover prevention. The high-powered Toronto forwards have been too error-prone in their own end and in the neutral zone. Gaffes in front of the net have made life a living hell for the Maple Leafs’ defensive corps. Joffrey Lupul, Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin are all -4 or worse this series. They’ll need to start pulling their weight defensively if the Leafs are to survive.
Game 4 takes place tonight at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. This tilt is expensive. According to TiqIQ, the average seat for Toronto Maple Leafs tickets at Air Canada will cost $544.78. Even the “Get-In” price is $250.
Because the Leafs won game two last week, their series with Boston is guaranteed to go at least five games. Game 5 will be played Friday night in Boston. The average price for a seat at TD Banknorth Garden is hovering at around $265.32, according to TiqIQ, with some available for as low as $133.
Should the series need six games, game 6 takes place at Air Canada Sunday night. Ticket prices will be even higher than they were there for game 4. Try $734.47, with a $300 “get-in.”
Then, if game 7 is needed, the series will head back to Boston the next night. For that dramatic game, tickets will ring it at around $343.70, according to TiqIQ. Nosebleeds are available for $162, however.
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