Bruins Grab Game 3
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
After all, Toronto is a great hockey town and aren't just hungry for playoff hockey, they're starving for it! It has been 9 years since their Maple Leafs played in the postseason so their fans were primed and ready for Monday night's pivitol game 3.
Boston knew this and did a magnificent job of taking the play to Toronto right from the start. An offensive first period saw the Bruins do a better job than their Toronto counterparts on the forecheck. The B's outshot the Leafs 17-13 in the opening 20 minutes. More importantly, they were the only team able to put the puck in net as Adam McQuiad's slap shot from the right point deflected off of Toronto's Dion Phaneuf past James Reimer for a 1-0 Boston lead. David Krejci won the faceoff in the right circle for Boston setting up the game's first goal.
In the second period, Boston's much-maligned third line came through when the newly acquired Jaromir Jagr had a nice takeaway in the offensive zone behind the net. He set up Rich Peverly for a 20-foot snap shot to put Boston up 2-0.
8 minutes later, Toronto scored on the power play when Jake Gardiner's wrister beat Tuukka Rask making it 2-1 Boston. It ignited the home crowd but not for very long.
50 seconds later, Nathan Horton silenced the crowd with thanks to some nifty work by Krejci and Milan Lucic. That put Boston up 3-1.
And the B's weren't finished with their second period flurry. Just two minutes later while on the penalty kill, Daniel Paille stole a centering pass at the Toronto blue line and raced in on Reimer whom he beat with a backhander stick-side high for a 4-1 lead.
However, Krejci scored an open net goal with 1:17 to play to seal with 5-2 victory.
The Maple Leafs carried play in the third period outshooting Boston 19-6. But Tuukka Rask stood tall and helped Boston grab a 2-1 series lead heading into Wednesday night's game 4 in Toronto.
-The Leafs outshot Boston 48-38.
-Rask made a career-playoff high 46 saves and improved his record at the Air Canada Centre to 5-1 with a 1.38 GAA and a .956 save percentage.
-Lucic each had 3 assists for Boston while Lucic, Nathan Horton, David Krejci, Wade Redden and Adam McQuiad each led the team in +/- at +3 for the game.
-As usual, Zdeno Chara led all players in ice time with
-Boston did a better job in the faceoff circle winning 43 of the 73 draws.