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Tuesday, May 7, 2013
'Toronto Stronger' sign 'insensitive'

By Joe McDonald

TORONTO -- Prior to Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals between the Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs Monday night at Air Canada Centre, a fan wearing a Maple Leafs sweater was holding a sign that read: "Toronto Stronger."

It quickly made its way onto social media and many Boston fans and residents were not happy with it on Twitter. After the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, the rallying cry in Boston became "Boston Strong" and all the Bruins players still wear the T-shirts with that logo before and after every game. That sign seemed a dig at that.

"Playoffs bring a lot of passion to the fans and rightfully so, and those things are things that happen. There was an incident in Boston that unfortunately happened to a Leaf fan, and last night's sign, to me, had nothing to do with hockey. 'Boston Strong' is about something that struck our city, not our team and maybe it's a little sensitive for the Boston people. Those kind of things happen in the playoffs and the best and sometimes the worst comes out of the passion of our game. That's all I can say about that situation. It's maybe a little sensitive for the City of Boston more than it is for our hockey club."

The incident in Boston to which Julien was referring was that a Leafs fan, according to reports, suffered a concussion after being beat up by Bruins fans after Game 2 at TD Garden.