B’s Ruin Leafs Playoff Homecoming
They high intensity Bruins from game one showed up again in game three as the made a statement to the Leafs in front of their fans who have been waiting nine years for this moment. The B’s silenced a raucous Air Canada Centre with a 5-2 win and taking back the lead in the series two games to one.
The Bruins registered 38 shots on goal but more impressive were the 52 hits laid on Maple Leafs players. The Leafs countered with 48 hits of their own. It was game three, there are no more secrets in a series anymore. If you don’t like a player it will be known in the corners or after a whistle when sticks and gloves come up.
Adam McQuaid (1) scored his first career playoff goal in the first period on a shot from the point, which looked like it was deflected off Dion Phaneuf’s stick and changed directions on Reimer.
The B’s took a 1-0 lead into the second period. Jagr stole the puck behind the Leafs net and fed plexiglass Peverley (1) in the slot and surprisingly he beat Riemer high short side. After the Leafs scored on a PP and got the crowd back into the game, the B’s ended the frame with two more goals. Nathan Horton (3) stuck the puck, literally stuck the puck, in the top of the net and after the confusion the ref pointed to the back of the net for a goal. Dan Paille (1) netted a shorty before the end of the period.
After Phil Kessel goal early in the third, the B’s iced the game with an empty netter.
Rask set a personal and career playoff best with 45 saves on the outing.