BOSTON BRUINS (52-18-6) VS. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (37-32-8)
10:24 p.m. - Third Period Snapshots: FINAL BOS 3, TOR 4
BRUINS FALL IN OT: Nazem Kadri provided the game-winning goal scooping up a rebound on the doorstep, flipping it past Chad Johnson to give the Maple Leafs. The Bruins are back in action on Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers in Boston. Game time set for 1:00 p.m. ET.
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NEXT GAME: The Bruins are back in action on Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers in Boston. Game time set for 1:00 p.m. ET.
10:03 p.m. - Third Period Snapshots: BOS 3, TOR 3
BERGY TIES IT: Patrice Bergeron provided the equalizer at 12:51 into the third period off of a wrister set up by linemate Brad Marchand and blueliner Kevan miller. The tally marks Bergeron's 28th goal of the season, while Marchand and Miller earns 25th and fifth assist of the season, respectively. Marchand now has a multiple point game.
BRUINS GO ON THE FIRST POWER PLAY: The Bruins were awarded their first power play of the game when Paul Ranger was called for interference when he pushed Patrice Bergeron into Toronto netminder Jonathan Bernier, which ended up injuring Bernier. Entering the game in Bernier's spot between the pipes was James Reimer. The B's were able to get three shots on the Reimer, but none were able to best the goaltender as the B's seek the goal to knot the game up in the final half of the third period.
LUCIC CASHES IN: Milan Lucic brought the Black & Gold within one when he beat Maple Leafs' goaltender Jonathan Bernier on a one-timer from the top of the left face-off circle for his 22 goal of the year. The tally was set up beautifully by linemate David Krejci who cycled around the Toronto net patiently, waiting for a passing seam to find an open teammate, which he eventually found, threading the pass to Lucic.
9:13 p.m. - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 1, TOR 3
LUCIC DROPS THE GLOVES: At 11:13 into the middle frame, Milan Lucic dropped the mitts with Toronto's David Clarkson for Lucic's seventh fight of the season. The bout didn't last very long, with most of the action happening before the gloves were dropped as the two exchanged a series of shoves before punches were thrown. Ultimately the two fell to the ice with Lucic on top, yielding the linesman to step in and escort the two fighters to their respective penalty boxes to serve their five-minute majors.
LEAFS SCORE EARLY: James van Riemsdyk struck swiftly and extended the lead for the Leafs just 52 seconds into the second frame, beating Johnson for his 30th goal of the season. Earning the assist on the goal was Phil Kessel, giving Kessel two assists on the evening.
8:16 p.m. - First Period Snapshots: BOS 1, TOR 2
LEAFS SCORE WITH 12 SECONDS LEFT: With 12 seconds to go in the first frame, former Bruin Phil Kessel sent in a wrister toward the crease where bodies were jockeying for position. The puck deflected off Toronto's Tyler Bozak passed Johnson, giving Bozak his 18th goal of the season and Kessel his 41st assist.
LUCIC TO THE BOX: At the 11:12 mark the Bruins went on the PK for the first time in the matchup when Milan Lucic was whistled for roughing on Toronto's Troy Brodie. The Bruins first shorthanded situation of the evening saw a strong showing from the Black & Gold PK units with both Bergeron and Paille earning themselves offensive chances created by strong and responsible defensive play. Ultimately the B's only surrendered two shots during the two-minute minor that Chad Johnson was able to turn aside, silencing the Toronto PP.
LEAFS SCORE, MARCHAND ANSWERS: Maple Leafs took at 1-0 lead at the 14:00 mark when Paul Ranger notched his fifth goal of the year, chipping in a backhand in the slot. 56 seconds later, Brad Marchand, who had just come off the bench, intercepted an errant Toronto pass caused by a strong forechck by Bergeron, before unleashing a wrister that beat goaltender Jonathan Bernier to tie the game at a goal apiece. The unassisted goal marks Marchand's 23rd of the season.
7:00 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. TOR
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Johnson (17-3-1, 2.04 GAA, .926 Save %) vs. Bernier (26-19-7, 2.69 GAA, .923 Save %). Johnson is 1-0-0 with a 2.00 GAA and has a .938 save % in one career games against Toronto. Bernier is 1-2-0 with a 4.77 GAA and ..872 save % in 3 career games against Boston.
BRUINS VS MAPLE LEAFS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Maple Leafs will meet for the 653rd time in their franchise histories this evening. The B’s have a 289-257-87-8 record in those matchups and but have been slightly outscored by Toronto, 1,936-1,1930. The Black & Gold are 109-161-51-5 in their 356 lifetime meetings against the Maple Leafs in Toronto, with the Maple Leafs holding a scoring advantage of 1,072-860 in those contests. The Bruins are 5-2-0 in their last seven games vs. the Maple Leafs overall and are 7-2-2 in their last 11 in Toronto.
SODERBERG OUT: Carl Soderberg will not play in tonight's game as he returned to Boston for the birth of his first child.
POWER ZEE: Captain Zdeno Chara has amassed 17 goals this season with 10 of those tallies coming on the power play. His 17 goals are the most by a blueliner since Chara scored a career-high 19 in the 2008-09 season, while his 10 goals on the man-advantage since he had 11 and Michael Ryder had 10 in 2008-09.
STREAKING: Patrice Bergeron enters tonight riding a nine-game point streak, tallying eight goals and four assists for 12 points during that span.
MAPLE LEAFS NOTEBOOK: Jake Gardiner has registered at least one point in six of his last eight games spanning from March 18 to April 1… Joffrey Lupul needs just one more appearance to have played in 600 NHL games. Lupul leads all Toronto players in career assists (12) and points (18) in 23 games against Boston… Mason Raymond enters tonight's matchup one goal shy of 100 NHL goals.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 45-for-213 (21.1%, 3rd NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 211-for-250 (84.4%, 7th NHL)… Maple Leafs power play: 48-for-236 (20.3%, T-7th NHL), Maple Leafs penalty kill: 202-for-257 (78.6%, 28th NHL)… Boston has had a league-low 213 power play chances this year.