GAME 4: BRUINS (2-1) vs MAPLE LEAFS (1-2)
10:42 p.m. OT Snapshots: FINAL BOS 4, TOR 3
Krejci Wins It: After an immensely intense overtime period that saw the Leafs and Bruins combine for 20 shots, David Krejci netted the game-winner and secured his second career postseason hat trick in the process. The play began when Nathan Horton chipped a pass off the boards into the neutral zone, where Krejci picked it up. Krejci and Milan Lucic quickly broke out on a 2-on-1, pinning Toronto’s lone defenseman back into James Reimer’s crease. Krejci exerted great patience, carried the puck within a stick’s-length of the net and tucked a goal in under Reimer’s pad.
Rask Comes up Huge: Both the Bruins and Maple Leafs have seen excellent scoring opportunities through the first few minutes of overtime, but none better than Matt Frattin’s post-rattling wrist shot. Frattin whipped a wrist shot at Tuukka Rask’s stick-side and snuck it past Boston’s goaltender only to meet the right post. Minutes later, Joffrey Lupul nearly blasted a shot from one knee past Rask. The Bruins goaltender came up huge again, though, robbing the Leafs’ goal-scorer with a beautiful glove save.
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9:49 p.m. Third Period Snapshots: TOR 3, BOS 3
Reimer Makes Heroic Save: With little more than one minute remaining in regulation, James Reimer went to play the puck behind his own net, unaware that Milan Lucic was flying down the ice in pursuit. The two collided, sending the puck floating out in front of the net and forcing Reimer to sprawl out on his stomach as he tried to recover. David Krejci had a chance but couldn’t lift it over Reimer. Boston and Toronto are now headed to the first overtime period of the series.
Bruins Take Late Penalty: At the 13:27 mark of the third period, Zdeno Chara was sent to the box for high-sticking penalty when he caught Mikhail Grabovski in the head along the boards. Although the B's anchor of their penalty kill was in the box, the Bruins PK unit didn’t miss a beat en route to its fourth successful kill of the night. The Maple Leafs managed only two shots on the power play, which is now 4-for-16 in the series.
Leafs Kill Double-Minor: The Maple Leafs found themselves in a difficult spot when Nazem Kadri was sent to the penalty box for a double minor considering the Bruins’ power play unit already had two goals on the night. However, despite scoring chances to Dennis Seidenberg and Wade Redden, Toronto’s penalty kill blocked several shots and James Reimer stood tall, preventing Boston from taking a third-period lead.
Bruins escape 5-on-3: Late second-period penalties to David Krejci and Gregory Campbell forced the Bruins to fend off a 5-on-3 at the beginning of the third. The B’s needed only a few seconds to get a fourth man back, and they then caught a big break when Nazem Kadri caught Chris Kelly in the face with his stick and drew blood, which resulted in a four-minute double minor.
8:52 p.m. Second Period Snapshots: TOR 3, BOS 3
Bruins go on the PK: Not long after netting his second goal of the night, David Krejci was sent to the penalty box at the 18:12 mark for roughing on James van Riemsdyk. The two exchanged some words after the whistle, and Krejci was sent off after he knocked van Riemsdyk to the ground. Soon thereafter at the 19:19 mark, Gregory Campbell was called for slashing when he shattered van Riemsdyk’s stick, putting the Bruins at a two-man disadvantage for the first time this series. The B’s managed to escape the second period without yielding a goal, but they’ll begin the third on the wrong end of a 5-on-3.
MacAurhur Ties it Up: Just 44 seconds after David Krejci gave the Bruins the lead, Clarke MacArthur tied the game back up at 3-3. Matt Frattin served as the catalyst on the goal, firing a snapshots from just in front of the blueline yielding that deflected off Rask into the seam. MacArthur took full advantage of the loose puck and charge in and was able to flip it past the B's netminder for his first career NHL playoff goal.
Krejci Strikes Twice: At the 12:59 mark of the second period, the Bruins knotted the score up at 2-2. Brad Marchand hopped off the bench, received a feed from Zdeno Chara, and dangled his way deep into the offensive zone where he launched a wrist shot at James Reimer. Marchand’s shot deflected into the net off of David Krejci, who streaked straight from the neutral zone to Toronto’s net. Roughly four minutes later, the Bruins went on to the power play and Krejci worked his magic again, whipping a snapshot past Reimer from the left faceoff circle. Krejci now has a point in each game of the series, totaling four goals, five assists and nine points. Zdeno Chara recorded assists on both of Krejci’s goals, and he now has three on the night. Tonight marks the third time in Chara's postseason career he has had a three-point game and the first time he has had three assists in a playoff game.
Bruins go Shorthanded: The Bruins penalty kill unit hit the ice for the first time tonight at the 11:03 mark. Gregory Campbell was called for hooking on James van Riemsdyk in Boston’s defensive zone. Toronto’s power play entered Game 4 with a 33.3% conversion rate, which is the second-best figure in the NHL. The B’s showed great poist against the Leafs’ power play and escaped without surrendering a single shot. Boston’s penalty kill is now 9-for-13 for the series.
Bruins Trim Deficit: In the first period, it took the Maple Leafs only 2:35 to get on the scoreboard. It took the Bruins just 35 seconds to get their first tally of the night at the beginning of the second period. The B’s started the second with 1:10 remaining on a power play from Leo Komarov’s charging penalty. Once again, the Bruins PP unit was crisp and efficient with its puck movement. The goal came thanks to a Zdeno Chara blast from the point that James Reimer couldn’t control, allowing Patrice Bergeron to bury his first goal of the postseason and bring the Bruins within one. Jaromir Jagr and Zdeno Chara are credited with assists on the play. Jagr's assist gives him sole possession of 6th place on the all-time playoff points list with 191 points, passing Brett Hull (190). Fun Fact on Bergeron's goal: Bergeron's goal was the fifth goal this series that has been scored within the first two minutes of the period, with Toronto netting three and Boston two.
7:46 p.m. First Period Snapshots: TOR 2, BOS 0
Komarov to the Box: With 49.6 seconds remaining in the first period, Leo Komarov was called for charging on Daniel Paille, as he left his skates in his hit on the B's winger. The B's were unable to sustain much pressure in the final 49.6 seconds of the period on the power play, but will have an opportunity to begin the second frame with an additional 1:10 on the man-advantage.
Franson Extends Leafs’ Lead: With just 1:28 remaining in the first period, the Maple Leafs picked up their second goal of the period, extending their lead to 2-0. Cody Franson whipped a wrist shot on net from the point that snuck over the shoulder of Tuukka Rask. It appeared as though Zdeno Chara had positioned himself directly in front of Rask as the shot left Franson’s stick, leaving the goaltender helpless. This marks Franson’s second career playoff goal, and Joffrey Lupul—who recorded an assist on the goal—now has two multi-point games in this series.
Phaneuf Goes to the Box: The Bruins were the beneficiary of the game’s first penalty with 7:17 remaining in the first period. Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf was sent to the sin bin for tripping after he took Tyler Seguin’s leg out from under him just outside the neutral zone. The B’s power play established firm control of the puck and its execution was on point, but James Reimer stood tall in the Maple Leafs’ net for the two-minute penalty. Boston’s best chance of the man-advantage came with just seconds remaining, when David Krejci received a rebound and rattled the post as he tried to punch it past a diving Reimer. Nathan Horton also had an opportunity as he dove in and tried to poke the puck in off of Krejci’s shot, but a Leafs defensemen cleared the puck just a split second before Horton could get to it. The Bruins power play is now 1-for-10 for the series, while the Leafs penalty kill improves to 9-for-10.
Rask Robs Kessel: At the 12:40 mark, Phil Kessel intercepted a puck in Toronto’s own zone and went coast-to-coast, using his speed to seamlessly navigate through Boston’s defensemen. He executed a give-and-go with Joffrey Lupul and received a golden scoring opportunity but couldn’t gain control of the puck. However, he did manage to draw Tuukka Rask out of position, which allowed him to whip a shot in from an odd angle on the goal-line that would’ve went in were it not for a heads-up kick save by Rask, who then fell on top and covered up the puck.
Leafs Strike Early: It only took 2:35 for the Maple Leafs to get on the scoreboard thanks to a nifty play by Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul. Lupul handed the puck off to Kessel deep in the Bruins’ zone. Kessel then wrapped around the Bruins net and delivered a perfect pass to Lupul, who drove it past Tuukka Rask from just a few feet away. This is Lupul’s third goal of the series and 17th career playoff goal. Kessel, meanwhile, tallied his first assist of the postseason.
6:30 p.m. Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs TOR
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (2-1, 2.36 GAA, .929 Save %) vs. Reimer (1-2, 3.34 GAA, .915 Save %). Rask is 9-7-0 with a 2.56 GAA and .915 Save % in 16 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 Bruins and Maple Leafs have played 65 postseason games, with each holding a 32-32-1 record and Boston holding a 164-157 scoring advantage. The Bruins are 17-17 lifetime against the Maple Leafs in Boston and are 15-15-1 lifetime in Toronto in the playoffs.
GAME FOUR HISTORY: The Bruins enter tonight’s game with a 12-15 record in Game 4’s of best-of-seven series in which they have led 2-1 and they are 19-8 lifetime in best-of-seven series in which they have led 2-1. They have a 15-2 record when leading a best-of-seven series 3-1 and a 16-14 mark in best-of-seven series when they have been tied at 2-2 following game 4.
KREJCI LINE STREAKING: The line composed of Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Nathan Horton has been on fire for the Bruins through the first three games of this series, accumulating 17 points between the three of them. Krejci enters tonight’s game tied for second in playoff points with seven after notching two goals and five assists through the first three games of this series. Lucic is currently tied for first in playoff assists with six helpers. Horton has contributed three goals in three straight games for the B’s, as well an assist in Game 3.
JAGR TIES HULL: Jaromir Jagr's assist on Rich Peverley’s goal in Game 3 marked his 190th playoff point, trying him with Brett Hull for sixth on the all-time playoff points list. Jagr has now skated in 183 playoffs games and has registered 78-112=190 totals during that time with a +32 rating.
MILESTONES APPROACHING: Jaromir Jagr is currently one goal shy of tying Jean Beliveau for 10th place on the all-time playoffs goals list… 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.
MAPLE LEAFS NOTEBOOK: James van Riemsdyk has led the charge for the Leafs in this series with a team-high three points (1-2=3) coming into tonight…Phil Kessell (2-0=2), Jake Gardiner (1-1=2), Joffrey Lupul (2-0=2) and Cody Franson (02=2) have notched two points apiece thus far through three games this series...The Leafs have an all-time record of 10-19 when trailing 2-1 after tree games in a best of seven series… From Elias Sports Bureau: Joffrey Lupul has scored 16 goals in 42 playoff games in his NHL career but 10 of those goals have come in only four games: a four-goal and a two-goal game for the Ducks in 2006, a two-goal game for the Flyers in 2008, and two goals for the Maple Leafs in Boston on May 4.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 1-for-9 (11.1%, T-11th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 8-for-12 (66.7%, T-13th NHL)… Maple Leafs power play: 4-for-12 (33.3%, 2nd NHL), Maple Leafs penalty kill: 8-for-9 (88.9%, T-5th NHL).