GAME 2: BRUINS (1-0) vs MAPLE LEAFS (0-1)
9:52 p.m. - Third period Snapshots: FINAL TOR 4, BOS 2
Leafs Tie Series: The Toronto Maple Leafs won Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals series against the Bruins, 4-2. Nathan Horton got the B's on the board first in the opening period, but Joffrey Lupul scored two in the first to put Toronto up, 2-1. Phil Kessel scored just :53 into the third to put the Leafs up by two, before Johnny Boychuk cut the lead to 3-2. James van Riemsdyk then put the game away at 16:53. The series will shift Toronto tied at one game apiece.
Thornton Drops the Mitts: With just .5 seconds remaining in the game, Shawn Thornton and Mark Fraser dropped the gloves and engaged one another, exchanging blows for about two and a half minutes. Both players landed punches, with Thornton landing some heavier ones toward the end of the fight. The two tough pugilists both remained on their feet to conclude the fight before the referees intevened and escorted the two off the ice.
Toronto Goes Back up Two: James van Riemsdyk scored his second goal of the series at 16:53. Mikhail Grabovski broke into the zone and cut towards the left wing. He then sent a pass back across the slot to van Riemsyk awaiting in front of the net. van Riemsdyk was knocked to the ice, but was still able to bat it past Rask to put Toronto up 4-2, and spell the Bruins furious attempt at a comeback.
Boychuk Keeps B's In It: Johnny Boychuk had seven goals in 46 career playoff games entering this series with the Maple Leafs, but he already has two in two games this postseason. Boychuk received a feed from Zdeno Chara and blasted a slapshot from the point past James Reimer, a goal very reminiscent of his tally from Game 1. The goal went under review to ensure there was no high-sticking, and it was upheld, ensuring the Bruins’ second goal of the night.
Chara to the Box: At 6:21 into the third period, Zdeno Chara was called for interference putting the Bruins on the penalty kill. The Bruins had a shorthanded opportunity with Daniel Paille leading an odd-man two-on-one rush with Gregory Campbell flanking in from the right. Paille looked to pass to Campbell about ten feet out from the net, but the Leafs' lone defender laid on the ice to ward off the pass that would have likely created a scoring chance for the Bruins. The B's were able to kill off the remaining time on the penalty to Chara to get back to even-strength with just over ten minutes to go in the game, still trailing 3-1. The Bruins are now 5-for-7 on the PK in this series.
Kessel Extends Leafs’ Lead: Just 56 seconds into the third period, ex-Bruin Phil Kessel received an outlet pass from Nazem Kadri, flew by Boston’s defensemen, and netted his 10th career playoff goal. Kessel came in from Tuukka Rask’s glove side and tucked a snapshot between the goaltender’s legs. The Maple Leafs now hold a two-goal advantage over the B’s, which bodes well for a team that finished the regular season with a 20-2-1 mark when leading after the second period. The Bruins, meanwhile, finished the season with a 3-7-2 record when trailing after the second.
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9:02 p.m. - Second period Snapshots: TOR 2, BOS 1
Rask Sprawling: With 6:54 to go in the period, the Leafs nearly made it a 3-1 advantage with a free-for-all out in front of Tuukka Rask. Bodies were falling, Rask was sprawling, and shot attempt after shot attempt were sent at the the B' netminder. Ryan Hamilton fired three shots, with one getting blocked down in front. Nazem Kadri and Phil Kessel each got shots off, as well. When the chaos ended, the Leafs had not scored, and the B's deficit remained 2-1.
Lupul Strikes Again: Joffrey Lupul scored his second goal of the night at 11:56 of the second period, burying a backhander into an open net. Lupul drove to the left post while Matt Frattin went hard to the net on the opposite side. Frattin battled hard against Dennis Seidenberg and was able to muscle a pass through the top of the crease. Lupul then deposited it past a lunging Rask to put Toronto up, 2-1.
Kulemin Catches Metal: Nikolai Kulemin came within inches of putting the Leafs in front midway through the period. The Toronto winger carried the puck into the offensive zone going toe-to-toe with Dennis Seidenberg. Kulemin then pulled off a beautiful deke, tucking the puck under Seidenberg’s stick, which gave him a path to the net. He lifted a backhander over Tuukka Rask’s glove-side and rattled the crossbar. The puck floated through the crease before a Bruins defenseman cleared it out, keeping the scored locked up at 1-1.
Peverley Called for Delay of Game: The Bruins penalty kill hit the ice for the third time tonight when Rich Peverley was called for delay of game at the 7:23 mark. Peverley was trying to clear the puck out of Boston’s defensive zone, but he lifted the puck a little bit too high while trying to avoid a big hit along the boards. Toronto struggled to get anything established in their zone during its man-advantage, however, and the Bruins PK unit killed of its second of three attempts tonight.
Chara to the Box, Leafs Score: At 3:20 into the second period, Zdeno Chara was called for tripping and was sent to the sin bin for two minutes. With just three seconds remaining on the Bruins' penalty kill Joffrey Lupul was able to put a rebound attempt past Tuukka Rask to knot the game at 1-1 for his first playoff goal. Getting credited with the assists on the play were Jake Gardiner and Carl Gunnarsson who both earn their first postseason assist/point this year.
Horton Hammers it Home: The Bruins had multiple scoring chances to open up the second period, but it was Nathan Horton who finally got one to cross the goal line less than two minutes in. David Krejci bounced a pass off the boards from the Bruins’ own end to Horton, who was already midstride and had a full head of steam into the offensive zone. Horton dumped a pass off to Milan Lucic right in front of the blue line, and just like he did during his Game 1 goal, kept driving to the net. Lucic fired a slapshot that deflected off of James Reimer, off of Horton’s skate, and into the net. This marks Horton’s second goal of the playoffs, while both Lucic and Krejci notched their third assists.
8:02 p.m. - First period Snapshots: BOS 0, TOR 0
Back-to-Back Penalties: At 18:48 of the first period, Brad Marchand and Dion Phaneuf got into after the whistle. The two pushed and shoved, with Phaneuf getting called for roughing. It was the B's first power play opportunity, but it only lasted nine seconds as Marchand was called for a trip at the beginning of the PP, yielding a four-on-four situation for the final 1:03 of the period. Neither team was able to score, and the two sides will skate four-on-four for the first 49 seconds of the second period, before Toronto goes a few seconds of PP time.
Seguin Buzzing: Tyler Seguin had a golden chance to put the Bruins up 1-0 with 1:32 to go in the second, after streaking past the Toronto D-men. He fired a shot on goal, but Leafs' goalie James Reimer was there to make the stop. Seguin leads all players with four shots on net. He also leads the Bruins with two hits.
Rask Strong: Tuukka Rask shutdown the Leafs in the first period, stopping all 12 shots that he saw. He made a number of strong saves, including a huge save with the end of his left pad on the Leafs' Tyler Bozak with just over nine minutes left. The biggest save of the period came with 5:52 remaining, when Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul broke in on a two-on-one, with Lupul trying to squeeze a pass through traffic to Kessel busting to the right post. The pass was a bit off, but Kessel managed to get just enough on it to put it towards the goal. Rask was ready though, sliding across the crease, on his stomach to keep it scoreless.
Campbell's Chance: At the 13:24 mark of the first period, Gregory Campbell nearly netted the first goal of the evening. Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner, carrying the puck deep in Toronto’s zone, tried to bounce a pass off the boards and clear the zone but Campbell read it the whole way and intercepted the pass right in between the faceoff circles. He whipped a slapshot to James Reimer’s glove-side, but the Leafs’ net minder made a clutch save to keep the game scoreless. Good all-around hockey by both Campbell and Reimer on the play.
Toronto's Adjustments: The Bruins knew they would see a different Toronto Maple Leafs team tonight, and that's exactly what they saw right off the hop. It appears Toronto made adjustments to their forecheck, and we've seen their defensemen also pinching to assist. The result has been many chances in close for the Leafs; not necessarily Grade A scoring chances out front, but chances nonetheless.
6:30 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs TORSTARTING GOALTENDERS
: Rask (1-0, 1.00 GAA, .950 Save %) vs. Reimer (0-1, 4.00 GAA, .900 Save %). Rask has an 8-6 record with a 2.50 GAA and .914 Save % in 14 career postseason games. Reimer has a 0-1 record with a 4.00 GAA and .900 Save % in one career postseason game.
BRUINS FAN BANNER CAPTAINS: The Bruins Fan Banner has been passed around the Loge section of TD Garden before playoff games since the 2009 postseason. In 2011, Honorary Captains were introduced and have traditionally featured prominent Bruins alumni. This year, the Fan Banner Captains will feature a ‘Boston Strong’ theme with individuals chosen from in and around the Boston area. Tonight's Fan Banner Captain is Jeff Bauman, who was instrumental in helping authorities identify the Boston Marathon suspects. Bauman issued the following statement in regards to the support he’s received since the event at the marathon: “I want to thank everyone for their amazing support for me and all those injured and their families. I’m making great progress and I thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. Please continue to respect our space at this time. I want to thank the Bruins players and organization for the generosity and support for all those impacted. Like all those in Black and Gold I can’t wait to see them on another quest for the cup. Go Bruins!”
Here’s a recap of the Game One Captains:
TOR, Game 1: Todd Brown (Boston Police Bomb Technician), Sean Tierney (Cambridge Police Bomb Technician) Eric Gahagan (Mass. State Police Bomb Technician) and Ariane Thibodeau (Transit Police Bomb Technician).
BOSTON NHL ALUMNI PRO-AM: Last weekend, the NHL Alumni Association and Boston Bruins Foundation held the first annual Boston NHL Alumni Pro-Am benefitting Boston Children's Hospital. The event allowed hockey enthusiasts to team up with former NHL greats in an effort to raise money for pediatric concussion research. A check for the amount of $300,000, raised at the event, will be presented by Jason Zent (NHL Alumni U.S. Representative), Executive Committee Members Kim Jacobs, Rob and Corey Griffin, Joe Zinc, and Charlie Jacobs (Boston Bruins Principal), as well as Bob Sweeney (Executive Director of the Boston Bruins Foundation) to Mark Proctor (MD of Boston Children's Hospital), who is accepting on behalf of Boston Children’s Hospital.
BRUINS VS LEAFS POSTSEASON LIFETIME: The Bruins and Maple Leafs are playing their 14th series lifetime against each other in the NHL playoffs, with Toronto holding an 8-5 series advantage in the previous 13 series. The last time Boston and Toronto met in the Stanley Cup Playoffs was in 1974, when the Bruins swept the Leafs in four games. The Bruins and Leafs have played 63 postseason games, with both teams holding a 31-31-1 record and Boston having a 157-151 scoring edge.
FERENCE SUSPENDED: Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference has been suspended for one game for an illegal check to the head of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski during Game One of the teams’ Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series in Boston on May 1 and as a result, will not play in tonight’s game.
REDDEN RIFLES ONE THROUGH: Wade Redden's goal in the first period of Game One against the Toronto Maple Leafs was the first Bruins goal of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and Redden's first postseason goal since May 28, 2007 when he scored for Ottawa in a 3-2 loss against the Anaheim Ducks. Redden has now appeared in 102 career postseason games and has accumulated 13 goals and 36 assists for 49 points.
Projected lines based on warmup rushes:
HAMILTON/PEVERLEY IN: After sitting out Game One as a healthy scratches, both Dougie Hamilton (1st NHL postseason appearance) and Rich Peverley will get the nod from Head Coach Claude Julien in tonight's game.
MILESTONES APPROACHING: Jaromir Jagr is currently one goal shy of tying Jean Beliveau for 10th place on the all-time playoff goals list with 79 and is one point short of tying Brett Hull for sixth place on the all-time playoff points list at 190…Dougie Hamilton, Carl Soderberg, Aaron Johnson and Anton Khudobin are the only four players on the Bruins roster to have not played in an NHL playoff game…Wade Redden comes into tonight’s game one point shy of his 50th career NHL playoff point.
MARCHAND’S RAFFLE TO BENEFIT THE RICHARD FAMILY: Brad Marchand raffled off his own TD Garden suite to the team’s first home playoff game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 1, with all proceeds benefitting the Richard family of Dorchester, whose son Martin passed away follow the tragedy at the Boston Marathon. The raffle ended on March 29 and generated $207,000.
TORONTO NOTEBOOK: In Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinal in Boston on May 1, 10 Maple Leafs made their Stanley Cup Playoff debut (Tyler Bozak, Mikhail Grabovski, Carl Gunnarsson, Nazem Kadri, Leo Komarov, Nikolai Kulemin, Mike Kostka, Clarke MacArthur, Frazer McLaren, and James Reimer). The Leafs have five other players who have yet to appear in an NHL postseason game (Joe Colborne, Jake Gardiner, Matt Frattin, Ryan Hamilton, and Ben Scrivens)…On May 3, the Leafs recalled goaltender Drew MacIntyre on an emergency basis…The Maple Leafs with the most playoff experience are forwards Joffrey Lupul (40 games) and James van Riemsdyk (40 games), followed by defenseman John-Michael Lilles (37 games).
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 1-for-5 (20.0%, T-7th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 2-for-3 (66.7%, T-12th NHL)… Leafs power play: 1-for-3 (33.3%, T-3rd NHL), Leafs penalty kill: 4-for-5 (80.0%, T-8th NHL).