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Nazem Kadri fired the first shot across the bows in the Maple Leafs-Bruins' opening round series prior to Game 1 Wednesday night.

"We've got to give them respect. We're not approaching this as underdogs," he said. "This is a very, very winnable series for us." Kadri also said the Leafs finished not that far behind the Bruins in the Eastern Conference standings. The 22-year-old center enjoyed a superb regular season with 18 goals and 44 points in 48 games. The Leafs will likely start him on the third line though to provide the team with more depth, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him back with Joffrey Lupul during the contest.