TORONTO — The Air Canada Centre crowd didn’t have as much energy as was expected Monday night, and neither did the Maple Leafs as the B’s beat Toronto, 5-2, in Game 3 to take a 2-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

According to multiple reports, there will be no hearing with the league for Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf regarding his high hit on Bruins forward Daniel Paille in the third period of Saturday’s Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series between the B’s and Maple Leafs was lopsided because the Bruins were playing some of the better hockey they’d played in a long time and the Leafs were thoroughly terrible.



The Maple Leafs pulled even with the Bruins Saturday night, coming away with a 4-2 win at TD Garden and sending the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals back to Toronto with the series tied, 1-1.

Dougie Hamilton and Rich Peverley are both in Boston’s lineup for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Maple Leafs Saturday night at TD Garden. Hamilton beat out Aaron Johnson to play in place of the suspended Andrew Ference, while Peverley is in over Kaspars Daugavins.

WILMINGTON — After staying off the ice on Thursday, the Bruins held practice at Ristuccia Arena with a tweak to their lineup. Rich Peverley, who was a healthy scratch in Boston’s Game 1 win over the Maple Leafs Wednesday, skated on the third line with Chris Kelly and Jaromir Jagr. That bumped Kaspars Daugavins out, as he appears to be headed for the press box in Saturday’s Game 2.

The NHL announced Thursday that Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference has been given a one-game suspension for his hit to the head of Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski during a first-period Leafs power play in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

With both players coming from different directions to get a puck in the corner, Ference hit Grabovski high, causing him to fall to the ice on a play that received no penalty.

ESPN NHL analyst Barry Melrose talked with Dennis & Callahan on Thursday to analyze the Bruins’ Game 1 victory over the Maple Leafs. Game 2 is Saturday in Boston, before the series shifts to Toronto on Monday.

TSN’s Darren Dreger reported following the Bruins’ Game 1 win over the Maple Leafs that the league has reviewed Andrew Ference‘s elbow to the head of Toronto forward Mikhail Grabovski.

Ference elbow on Grabovski in the 1st was reviewed. Supplemental discipline possible, but seems unlikely.

— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) May 2, 2013

So everyone knew that “can’t just flip a switch” thing was a load of crap, right?