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from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
Tyler Bozak says the Boston Bruins are cheating.
He is, too. But the Bruins are cheating better. And that’s a big reason why the Bruins beat the Maple Leafs 5-2 on Monday to take a 2-games-to-1 lead in their best-of-7 Stanley Cup Eastern Conference quarter-final.
“They’re the best team in the league at them (faceoffs),” said Bozak. “They’ve got the best guy in the league. (Patrice) Bergeron. It’s going to be hard to beat guys like that.
“Thought maybe they were cheating a little bit. So I tried to cheat. Your timing can be off by half a second. You’re going to have an off night. You’re not going to get away with mistakes in the circle with off-timing with the guys they have.
“I cheat, too. We all cheat. They were just cheating better.”
Bozak was tossed from the circle a number of times. The fans got on the linesmen continually. The parade out of the circle didn’t stop.
But goal waved off after it was reviewed, kicking motion.
added 9:16pm, via the Situation Room Blog at NHL.com,
At 18:44 of the second period in the Hurricanes/Maple Leafs game, video review determined that Toronto forward Tyler Bozak directed the puck into the net with his right skate. According to rule 49.2 "A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who uses a distinct kicking motion to propel the puck into the net." No goal Toronto.
From Mike Brophy at Sportsnet.ca:
The points are starting to come.
Fourteen points is a decent total for a guy who prides himself on playing a solid two-way game. But the number that excited Tyler Bozak the most is four. Not four, as in the number of goals he has, but four, as in plus-4.
Last season Bozak was the Toronto Maple Leafs most unreliable defensive performer finishing a very chilly minus-29. Never mind the fact he started the year as the team’s No. 1 centre and wasn’t able to play at that level quite yet, or that his points-per-game average dipped from .73 in his first year in the league, to .40 last season.
Quite simply, there’s no way Bozak was going to command ice time commensurate with his skill and ability if he continued to be a defensive liability.
Click here for more on Bozak.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have agreed to terms with highly-touted free agent forward Tyler Bozak from the University of Denver Pioneers, sources tell Sportsnet.
A strong two-way centre, Bozak has been generating league-wide interest since his freshman year with as many as 25 NHL teams trying to get his name on a contract.
continued and a highlight reel of Bozak can be watched below…