John Tavares

Maple Leafs captain John Tavares out for upcoming games vs. Bruins

Maple Leafs captain John Tavares out for upcoming games vs. Bruins

The Bruins have a big week ahead of them with three games against Tampa and Toronto starting with tonight’s tilt against the Lightning at TD Garden, but things just got a little bit easier for them.

The Maple Leafs announced that John Tavares will be out for the next two weeks after suffering a broken finger in Wednesday night’s loss to the Washington Capitals. That means the Leafs captain will be out for both Saturday night’s home tilt against the Bruins and the Tuesday night finale to the home-and-home series at TD Garden.

Tavares has three goals and seven points in eight games thus far this season, but it’s still a massive loss for Toronto even if he isn’t off to the hottest start among Leafs forwards. Unfortunately, it may not be too much of an advantage for the Bruins with top-6 center David Krejci also banged up with an upper body injury and out for at least Thursday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Krejci’s availability for both games against the Maple Leafs is also in question after being forced out of Monday afternoon’s win over the Ducks, and being forced to sit out a divisional game against Tampa Bay tonight.

Tavares had just one goal and two points along with a minus-2 in four games against the Bruins last season, and traditionally it’s been Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner that have done most of the damage offensively vs. the B’s in recent seasons.

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John Tavares 'still bitter' about Maple Leafs' loss to Bruins in playoffs

John Tavares 'still bitter' about Maple Leafs' loss to Bruins in playoffs

Unlike a few of his Maple Leafs teammates, John Tavares hasn't gotten used to coming up just short vs. the Bruins in the playoffs.

Tavares' first season in Toronto came to an end in April after the Leafs fell to the B's in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference First Round. The star center admitted to Mike Zeisberger of NHL.com on Friday he still hasn't recovered from blowing the series lead vs. Boston.

"I'm still bitter," Tavares told Zeisberger. "We were up 3-2 in that series. We thought we were in the driver's seat and we just didn't find a way to put the nail in the coffin … to really finish them off. It's something we have to learn from."

Tavares' frustration is understandable. The Maple Leafs acquired the 28-year-old last summer to help them get over the hump, only to finish their season with the same result: a first-round exist courtesy of the Bruins.

Fortunately for Tavares, the six years remaining on his $77 million contract give him plenty of time to get his revenge.

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Maple Leafs' Tavares thought 'quite a bit' about joining Bruins in free agency

Maple Leafs' Tavares thought 'quite a bit' about joining Bruins in free agency

John Tavares was the biggest free agent on the market during the 2018 NHL offseason. The Boston Bruins were in the mix for him, but he ultimately ended up signing a seven-year, $77 million deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

With the Bruins and Maple Leafs set to meet in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Tavares was recently asked about his consideration of the Bruins and apparently, he did strongly consider signing with them, according to NHL.com's Mike Zeisberger.

"They were a great team to meet with and definitely a team I thought about for quite a bit," Tavares said the other day. "They're a very impressive group."

Of course, Tavares ultimately chose the Maple Leafs as his preferred destination and for the second-straight season, the Maple Leafs will have to get through the Bruins to continue on their quest for the Stanley Cup. And the irony of that is not lost on him, per Zeisberger.

"Funny how things work out like that, isn't it?" he said with a laugh. "Now I get to go against them in the first round and for many years ahead.

"That's a team with a solid structure and organization. I know how hard it will be to face them."

So far this season, the Bruins have fared well against the Maple Leafs even without having Tavares on their side. They hold a 3-1 record against the Leafs and have outscored them 16-10 in the four-game season series.

And in last year's playoff series, the Bruins were able to knock off the Maple Leafs in seven games. They'll look to make it two consecutive years when the series gets underway on Thursday night.

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