Game 3: BRUINS (1-1) vs MAPLE LEAFS (1-1)
9:42 p.m. Second Period Snapshots: FINAL BOS 5, TOR 2
Bruins Take Game 3: The Bruins took back the series lead 2-1, after topping the Leafs by a score of 5-2 in Toronto at the Air Canada Centre. The Black & Gold offense was clicking on all cylinders, yielding goals from Adam McQuaid, Rich Peverley, Nathan Horton, Daniel Paille and David Krejci (emtpy netter). Krejci (1-2=3) and Milan Lucic (0-3=3) both had three point nights. Horton also had a multi-point night, notching one goal and one assist. Lucic, Krejci and Horton have now combined for 17 points through the first three games, including an eight point effort in tonight's game.
Krejci Pots Empty Netter: Trailing by two with fewer than two minutes to go in regulation, Toronto's Head Coach, Randy Carlyle, yanked James Reimer from the net for the extra attacker. It only took the Bruins seconds to capitalize on Toronto’s empty net and seal a Game 3 victory. Milan Lucic forced a turnover in the offensive zone and swung a pass over to Nathan Horton, who chipped the puck to a streaking David Krejci down center ice. Krejci cruised into the offensive zone and delivered the empty netter to guarentee the B's Game 3 victory.
Rask Survives Scare: In the waning seconds of the four-on-four, Maple Leafs winger Matt Frattin showcased his stick skills and dangled his way from the blueline deep into the Bruins’ zone. Frattin put a shot on net that forced Tuukka Rask to fall down and lose track of the puck. In the ensuing scramble in front of the net, one Leafs player deflected the puck into the air, giving them a golden opportunity to punch it in and cut the deficit to one. However, the Bruins managed to keep it out in front of the net and eventually cleared the puck out and escaped their biggest scare of the third period. Rask ended the evening saving a career-high 46-of-48 shots en route to his second postseason victory in a stellar effort.
Marchand & Kessel Go to the Box: At the midway mark of the third period, the referees sent Brad Marchand and Phil Kessel to sin bin after the pair got in a tussle after the whistle. For the fourth time tonight, the Leafs and Bruins will play some four-on-four hockey, while Marchand and Kessel continued to exchange words from their respective penalty boxes.
Leafs Strike Early: The Bruins entered the third period on the penalty kill, and the Leafs wasted no time capitalizing. Zdeno Chara had a clearing attempt blocked, which kept the puck in the Bruins’ own end and allowed the Maple Leafs to start peppering Tuukka Rask with shot after shot. Rask made a spectacular, sprawling save to deny James van Riemsdyk, but none of Boston penalty killers could get control of the rebound. Phil Kessel swooped in and deposited the loose rebound into the net for his second goal in as many games, to cut the deficit to two and inject energy back into the crowd with more than 19 minutes to play.
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8:52 p.m. Second Period Snapshots: BOS 4, TOR 1
Seidenberg Draws Penalty: With 1:56 remaining in the period, Leafs forward Nazem Kadri was called for boarding when he checked Dennis Seidenberg into the boards behind Boston’s net. This put the Bruins’ power play on the ice for the third time tonight, but it didn’t last for too long. With 37 seconds remaining on the man advantage, Milan Lucic was called for hooking, setting up four-on-four action for the third time tonight. The Bruins will now have to fend off another Leafs power play at the beginning of the third period.
Paille's Shorty: Daniel Paille extended the Bruins lead 4-1, after picking off a Phil Kessel pass at the edge of the Toronto zone as he attempted a breakout. Paille took the stolen biscuit and accelerated full throttle with just Reimer to beat, then deking to his backhand to it past the Leaf's goaltender for his second career shorthanded playoff goal and first goal of the 2013 playoffs. Paille now has two points in this series with an assist and a goal. It came just 2:02 after Nathan Horton's response goal (see below).
Leafs Score, Horton Answers: Just 1:11 after Jake Gardiner got Toronto on the board to make it 2-1, Horton responded with a goal of his own. Milan Lucic made a nifty play to gain possession of the puck entering the offensive zone. He drove to the net and dished a quick, cross-ice pass from the goal line to Nathan Horton, who literally buried the puck in the back of the net. Horton’s shot got lodged in between the back of the crossbar and the goal camera, leaving every player on the ice except Horton, Lucic and David Krejci unaware the Bruins had just scored. The Lucic-Krejci-Horton line now has now combined for 14 points in three games with four goals and 10 assists. Lucic has five assists, Krejci a goal and five assists, and Horton has tallied three goals.
Bruins Back on the Power Play: David Krejci and Tyler Bozak were called for penalties 41 seconds apart, setting up 1:19 of four-on-four action before the midpoint of the second. Once Krejci exited the box, the Bruins went on the power play for the second time tonight, though only for an abbreviated time. Boston’s power play looked more crisp and cohesive than it did the first time around. Dennis Seidenberg, Brad Marchand, and Wade Redden all had good looks on net. The Maple Leafs killed the penalty, dropping the Bruins’ PP to 0-for-2 tonight.
Kelly Line Comes Through: The Peverley-Kelly-Jagr line’s slow start was a point of contention following Game 2, but they are responding to any criticism tonight. At the 5:57 mark, the Leafs had possession of the puck behind their own net, but Jagr forced a turnover thanks to a relentless effort on the forecheck. Jagr fed Rich Peverley, who tucked the puck into a tight spot in the top right corner of the net to put the B’s ahead 2-0. This marks Jagr and Peverley’s first points of the playoffs. Jagr's assist on the goal marks his 190th point which ties him with Brett Hull for sixth on the all-time playoff points list.
Rask Denies Lupul: The Maple Leafs got their best scoring opportunity of the night immediately following the end of the Bruins’ power play. Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul—who have combined to score three of Toronto’s five goals this series—broke out on a 2-on-1. Kessel carried it deep into the zone before dishing it off to Lupul, who had a tremendous scoring chance and plenty of open net. Lupul tried to rip a snapshot off of Kessel’s feed, but Tuukka Rask made an explosive effort to recover and slide over to protect the left side of the net, keeping the Maple Leafs off the board.
B's go on the PP: At 2:17 into the middle frame, Ryan O'Byrne was called for interference on Chris Kelly putting the Bruins on the power play for the first time tonight. Coming into tonight the Bruins were one-for-six on the power play against a Maple Leafs penalty kill unit that was six-for-seven. Despite spending a majority of the of the power play in the Leafs' zone and registering two shots, the B's were unable to sustain enough pressure to find their second power play goal of the series.
7:55 p.m. First Period Snapshots: BOS 1, TOR 0
Jagr to the Box: At the 17:44 mark, Jaromir Jagr was called for the first penalty of the night when he tripped up Leafs centerman Tyler Bozak in pursuit of the puck. The Bruins penalty kill seamlessly killed off the penalty without allowing a shot and Brad Marchand nearly create a chance off a steal. Boston’s PK unit is now 6-for-8 in the series while Toronto’s PP unit is now 2-for-8. Right out of the box late in the period, Jagr generated a chance that saw Gregory Campbell make a drive in the dying seconds.
Thornton Dangles: Shawn Thornton has made a living in the NHL as an intimidating, bruising enforcer, but the forward has some skill, too. The winger picked up the pick along the boards in Toronto’s zone and pulled off a deke that allowed him to slip behind Toronto’s defense and get a clear shot at the net. Thornton’s patience with the puck paid off as James Reimer went down, leaving plenty of open space but Thornton wasn't able elevate the puck enough over Reimer’s left pad, and the Leafs escaped the scoring opportunity unscathed.
McQuaid Breaks Deadlock: At the 13:24 mark of the first period, Adam McQuaid netted the first goal of the game and his first career playoff goal in 35 postseason appearances. McQuaid blasted a slapshot from the point into the top left corner of the net past Reimer—in similar fashion as Johnny Boychuk in Games 1 and 2. Milan Lucic and David Krejci both recorded assists on the goal, making them the only Bruins players to register a point in all three games of the series. Lucic (0-4=4) and Krejci (1-4=5) now have a combined nine points this in their last three games.
Seguin's Chance: Tyler Seguin had the Bruins’ best scoring chance of the night just inside the 11-minute mark of the first frame. James Reimer couldn’t control a shot from Brad Marchand, yielding a rebound that left the puck floating right in front of Toronto’s net, which Patrice Bergeron managed to knock it back to Seguin, who had a clear path to the net. However, Seguin's attempt to roof a backhander over Reimer’s blocker was unsuccessful, as the Leafs’ goaltender cancelled out Seguin to make his best save of the game so far.
Kelly Line Buzzing: The Bruins' Peverley-Kelly-Jagr line was quiet in Games 1 and 2 (though Daugavins was in for Peverley in Game 1), but it made its presence felt in their first two shifts of the night in Toronto. First, Jaromir Jagr picked up a rebound at the red line next to Toronto’s net and just narrowly missed burying a goal over a sprawled-out James Reimer from the tough angle. That line then generated another chance on its next rush into the offensive zone thanks to some crafty passing, but Rich Peverley couldn’t quite muscle a feed from Chris Kelly past Reimer. On its second shift, Jagr nearly redirected a pass from Dennis Seidenberg into the net, but Reimer positioned himself perfectly to make the save.
6:30 pm. Pregame Snapshots: BOS @ TOR
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (1-1, 2.54 GAA, .904 Save %) vs. Reimer (1-1, 3.00 GAA, .926 Save %). Rask is 8-7-0 with a 2.60 GAA and .911 Save % in 15 career postseason games. Reimer is 1-1 with a 3.00 GAA and .926 Save % in two career postseason games.
BRUINS VS MAPLE LEAFS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Maple Leafs are squaring off in the playoffs for the 14th time, with Toronto holding an 8-5 series advantage in the previous 13 matchups. The last time Boston and Toronto met in the Stanley Cup Playoffs was in 1974, when the B’s swept the Leafs in four games. The Bruins and Maple Leafs have played 64 postseason games, with Toronto holding a 32-31-1 record and Boston holding a 159-155 scoring advantage. In those 64 postseason games, the Bruins are 17-17 in Boston and 14-15-1 in Toronto.
STREAKING: Johnny Boychuk and Nathan Horton will look to extend their goal-scoring streaks after netting goals in Games 1 and 2. Boychuk accompanies the members of the Lucic-Krejci-Horton line as the only Bruins skaters to record points in both games. That line has combined for nine points so far (three goals, six assists).
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... Wade Redden enters tonight’s game one point shy of his 50th career NHL playoff point... Carl Soderberg, Aaron Johnson, and Anton Khudobin are the only three players on the Bruins roster who have not played in an NHL playoff game.
BRUINS GAME 3 HISTORY: The Bruins enter tonight’s game with a 17-16 record in game 3's of best-of-7 series in which they are tied 1-1 and they are 21-12 lifetime in best-of-seven series in which they have been even at 1-1.
MAPLE LEAFS NOTEBOOK: In Game 2 of this Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series, three Maple Leafs players made their Stanley Cup Playoff debuts (Matt Frattin, Ryan Hamilton, Jake Gardiner)…Joffrey Lupul recorded his third career two-goal postseason game in Game 2, having also done so with the Anaheim Ducks in 2006 and the Philadelphia Flyers in 2008…Phil Kessel scored his first goal in Boston since being traded to Toronto in 2009 during Game 2…The Maple Leafs assigned goaltender Drew MacIntyre to the Toronto Marlies (AHL) on May 5 after recalling him on an emergency basis on May 3.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 1-for-6 (16.7%, T-7th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 5-for-7 (71.4%, T-13th NHL)… Maple Leafs power play: 2-for-7 (28.6%, T-3rd NHL), Maple Leafs penalty kill: 5-for-6 (83.3%, T-9th NHL).