Bruins Fall, 2-1: The Bruins put forth a valiant effort in the third period to try and tie the game, but the Leafs were able to hold on and take a 2-1 victory in Boston. The Leafs now trail the B's 3-2, as the series shifts to Toronto for Game 6 on Sunday night with puck drop scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET
Bozak to the Box: With the Bruins sustaining some pressure in the Toronto zone, the Leafs Tyler Bozak shot the puck out of play and was whistled for a delay of game penalty at 16:12 into the third period, giving the Bruins their second PP opportunity of the night. The Bruins had control of the puck in the Leafs end for most of the penalty, but were unable to bury one past James Reimer.
Chara Gets B's on the Board: The Bruins finally got one past James Reimer at 11:12 of the third to cut the Leafs lead to 2-1. Zdeno Chara potted his first goal of the playoffs when he fired a wrister over the right shoulder of Reimer. Chara had taken a slapper just seconds before, with the rebound popping up to the right point where Dennis Seidenberg was there to keep it in. Seidenberg got the puck to David Krejci who spotted Chara creeping in from the point. Krejci then slipped a pass through traffic to Chara. Krejci was credited with an assist on the play for his 11th point of the postseason.
Maple Leafs Blocking Shots: Trailing by two goals, the Bruins intensified their offensive attack. The B’s made a visible effort to take more shots, but they had difficulty getting those shots on net. On one possession alone, Toronto blocked four of six shots. Only Jaromir Jagr was able to get one on James Reimer.
MacArthur Put Leafs Up Two: Just 1:58 into the third, Clarke MacArthur put the Maple Leafs on top 2-0 with his second goal of the series. MacArthur picked up the puck after Nathan Horton couldn't get to a pass just outside the Bruins blue line. The Leafs winger beat Johnny Boychuk and then went in on Tuukka Rask all along, deked and stuck it into the back of the net. The goal was unassisted.
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8:47 p.m. - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 0, TOR 1
Chara, O'Byrne Tussle: Tensions between the Bruins and Leafs hit a tipping point at the 1:13 mark of the period. After James Reimer froze the puck and stopped play, John-Michael Liles and Ryan O’Byrne got tangled up with Zdeno Chara. Chara took Liles to the ice before O’Byrne got into the mix and tussled the Bruins’ captain down to the ice. Some shots were exchanged and Chara even lost his lid. When the dust settled Chara and Ryan O'Byrne were each given two minute penalties for roughing. When the third period begins there will be 47 seconds left on the matching minors.
Bozak Scores Shorthanded: The Bruins power play hit the ice for the first time tonight when James van Riemsdyk was called for interference at the 10:03 mark. Boston wasted no time putting pressure on James Reimer as they maintained possession of the puck and moved it crisply. Things quickly took a turn for the worst when Andrew Ference couldn’t tame a bouncing puck at the blue line. Leafs forward Tyler Bozak scooped it up, went coast-to-coast, and buried the game’s first goal in past Tuukka Rask, to give Toronto a 1-0 lead.
Leafs Outshooting B’s: The Maple Leafs were outshooting the Bruins by a tally of 29-25 after two. This might actually be a good sign of things to come for the B’s, however. In the first four games of the series, the team that won the shot battle went 1-3. Only in Game 1—when the Bruins outshot the Leafs 20-40—did the team that had the edge in the shots department also have the edge on the scoreboard at the end of the game.
7:52 p.m. - First Period Snapshots: BOS 0, TOR 0
Rask On His Game: Tuukka Rask was dynamite in the Bruins' overtime victory in Game 4 and he continued his stellar play in the first period of Game 5. Rask was lights out during the opening 20, stopping all 19 Toronto shots that came his way. The B's netminder had to make a number of tricky saves, including one on the Leafs Jay McClement with just over five minutes to go in the period. McClement cut to the middle and headed towards the net, while trying to toss a shot at the net. The puck hit off of Dennis Seidenberg's skate and Rask was able to keep it out with his glove. Rask was also on his toes a few moments later when Mikhail Grabovski attempted a trick shot by flipping the puck over the back of the net. Grabovski held and held behind Rask before tossing it over the net, skating around to the crease and swatting it out of midair. Rask was there though, and gloved it to keep the Leafs off the board.
Bruins Dominant on Draws: The Bruins, the best faceoff team in the league during the regular season, won 12 of 15 draws in the first period, good for an 80 percent success rate. Chris Kelly won five of seven and Patrice Bergeron took four out of five faceoffs. David Krejci won the only draw he took, while Rich Peverley won both that he attempted. The Leafs Tyler Bozak was 0 for 6 during the first period.
Kelly to the Box: At 1:46 into the first period, Chris Kelly was called for tripping, sending the Bruins on the penalty kill for the first time tonight. The Bruins were able to kill off their first penalty of the night, due in large to Tuukka Rask who made a phenomenal save on Nazem Kadri who let one fly from the slot just a few feet from the net. The Bruins improve to 13-for-17 on the PK, while Toronto drops to four-for-seventeen.
6:30 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. TOR
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (3-1, 2.39 GAA, .932 Save %) vs. Reimer (1-3, 3.33 GAA, .914 Save %). Rask is 10-7-0 with a 2.55 GAA and .917 Save % in 17 career postseason games. Reimer is 1-3 with a 3.33 GAA and .914 Save % in four career postseason games.
TONIGHT’S FAN BANNER CAPTAIN: 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 Carlos Arredondo, who demonstrated true heroism, coming to the aid of Jeff Bauman moments after the events at the Boston Marathon.
WEEK AHEAD: The Boston Bruins Week Ahead for 5/11 – 5/17 will be released on Saturday, May 11.
GAME SIX SCENARIO: The NHL announced today, May 10 that if Bruins/Leafs Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series continues on to a Game 6, the start time of the game on Sunday, May 12 will be at 7:30 p.m. ET in Toronto.
BARTKOWSKI RECALLED: Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced yesterday, May 9, that the club has recalled defenseman Matt Bartkowski from the Providence Bruins (AHL). Bartkowski skated in 56 games with the Providence Bruins during the 2013 regular season, registering three goals and 21 assists for 24 points with 56 penalty minutes. The 24-year-old has appeared in all five of Providence’s Calder Cup Playoff games, notching five assists. Bartkowski skated in 11 games with Boston during the regular season, tallying two assists while averaging 13:29 time on ice. Bartkowski has yet to appear in an NHL postseason game.
BRUINS VS MAPLE LEAFS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Maple Leafs are squaring off in a playoff series 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 66 postseason games, with Boston holding a 33-32-1 record and a 168-160 scoring advantage. In those 66 postseason games, the Bruins are 17-17 in Boston and 16-15-1 in Toronto.
STREAKING: Nathan Horton and David Krejci are the only Bruins to record a point in each game of the series. Krejci leads all NHL skaters in postseason points with 10, having netted five goals and distributed five assists. Horton is tied for fourth with six points, including three goals and three 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. Jagr is also five points short of trying Paul Coffey for 5th place on the all-time playoff points list (196). Wade Redden enters tonight’s game one point shy of his 50th career NHL playoff point.
BRUINS GAME 5 HISTORY: The Bruins enter tonight’s game with a 9-8 record in Game 5’s of best-of-seven playoff series in which they have led 3-1. Overall, the B’s are 15-2 lifetime in best-of-seven series after holding a 3-1 lead. The Maple Leafs are 1-13 all-time in best-of-seven playoff series in which they have trailed 3-1.
MAPLE LEAFS NOTEBOOK: Defenseman Mark Fraser suffered a forehead injury in Game 4 and will not play in tonight’s Game 5…The Maple Leafs recalled defenseman Jesse Blackler from the Toronto Marlies on May 9…Defenseman Jake Gardiner and forward Phil Kessel both look to extend their three-game point streaks tonight. Gardiner has recorded one goal and three assists, while Kessel has accrued two goals and one assist since Game 2.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 3-for-14 (21.4%, 7th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 12-for-16 (75.0%, T-12th NHL)… Maple Leafs power play: 4-for-16 (25.0%, T-4th NHL), Maple Leafs penalty kill: 11-for-14 (78.6%, 10th NHL).