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TORONTO - There won't be an NHL playoff bet between the mayors of Boston and Toronto.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford had contacted the mayor of Boston, but in light of last month's marathon bombing, the request was turned down.
The first game of the Eastern Conference quarter-final goes Wednesday night in Boston.
Ford is encouraging Toronto residents to wear blue in honour of the Leafs as they take on the Bruins in their first playoff game in nearly a decade.
And he predicts the Maple Leafs will win the first round matchup in six games.
Ford says he accepts Boston Mayor Thomas Menino's decision not to bet on the series.
"What happened down there is a lot more important than a hockey game," Ford said.