The B’s did what they needed to do in game three, got business done and took the lead back in the series. Tonight’s tilt is just as important.
The B’s took control of the series but Toronto was flying around for the entire third period of Monday nights game and that is the Leafs squad the B’s should expect to see right out of the gate tonight.
Toronto has no room for error, clearly it is not a must win situation but it kind of is at the same time. If the Leafs go back to Boston down 3-1 in the series, some could say it is pretty much all over. But if the Leafs even up the series tonight, they gain home ice back and depending on how the game plays out the momentum could shift dramatically.
Rask will be one of the biggest challenge for the Leafs to solve. He is coming off a post-season career best in saves for a game and has been arguably the best player on the ice for the B’s the entire series.
According to NESN the line-up stays the same for the B’s in game 4:
Milan Lucic — David Krejci — Nathan Horton
Tyler Seguin — Patrice Bergeron — Brad Marchand
Rich Peverley — Chris Kelly — Jaromir Jagr
Daniel Paille — Gregory Campbell — Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara — Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference — Adam McQuaid
Wade Redden — Johnny Boychuk
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.
We head north of the border for game three between the B’s and Leafs.
Big BIG tilt for the B’s tonight. Game 3 in a tied series is more important than one would think. Sure, the series can’t be won or lost tonight, but it can be at the same time.
The Bruins win — If they win and take a 2-1 series lead, they can carry momentum into game four, potentially winning that and returning home to the Garden with a chance to wrap up the series in five games. Even if the B’s lose game 4 or 5, the worst case scenario is the series goes the distance and the B’s get game 7 in Boston.
The Bruins lose — Sure if the Bruins lose and are down 2-1, the series could still go the distance and the B’s still get to play at home. But lets take a look back. Last year the B’s won games 1 and 3 but then dropped the next two and had to play from behind and force a game seven where they lost in OT. In 2009, the B’s won their first game of the Conference Semi-finals and then dropped the next three to Carolina. They played from behind tied the series and lost a heart breaker in OT in game 7 at the Garden.
The B’s need to play determined and motivated. Its a business trip, spend the three days in Toronto get your shit done and get out with two wins…at the very worst a split. But also, don’t leave there letting Toronto think they are still in the series. Even if you split let the game you lose be on a fluke goal, which they (Toronto) knows they didn’t deserve to win that game.
And on that note..
After everyone was all high on the hog from the B’s game one victory, fans were brought back to reality when the B’s reverted to their old ways only managing to score their allotted two goals in a game. Toronto evened the series with a 4-2 win at TD Garden.
This series is interesting to watch. There is a lot of passion and hatred between the two teams, which has been proven during scuffles after whistles and hard hits during play. It still however does not have the same intensity as a Bruins/Canandiens series would have, even though the lid seems like it is about to pop off the top and emotions are going to boil over.
The B’s got on the board first when a shot on net deflected off Nathan Hortons (2) skate and into the net. Toronto answered back with two goals of their own before the second ended.
For as poor of a game as he had in game one, you knew it was only a matter of time before Phil Kessel showed up. He put the dagger in the Bruins hearts when he sprung loose for a breakaway goal 0:53 seconds into the third period putting Toronto up 3-1.
Johnny Boychuck (2) added a second goal for the Bruins. As we all know that is all the Bruins are allowed to score so for as exciting as a goal goal game was there was no coming back and winning. Plus Toronto added a fourth goal, which I called as van Reimsdyk crossed center ice.
So we head north of the border, to Toronto, for two road games. B’s got to, GOT TO take both of those games to try and close this thing out back at the Garden in game five. because if they split or even worse, Toronto takes both games, its not going to end well if the B’s need to make another trip to Toronto for a game six.
Ohh yeah, Shawn Thornton got into a fight at the end of the game…Setting the tone for game three. While watching the puck drop before the fight, I said right away Thornton is going to drop the mitts, only reason he is out there.
ESPN — Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference has been suspended for Game 2 of their first-round playoff series with the Toronto Maple Leafs for an illegal hit to the head of forward Mikhail Grabovski on Wednesday night.
According to the league’s ruling, Ference “made a decision to check Grabovski after playing the puck. However, in doing so he lunges toward Grabovski, extending his left arm and shoulder, picking Grabovski’s head and making it the principal point of contact.”
Well, I certainly don’t know what NESN put on TV last night but it sure wasn’t the Bruins team I have been watching for the past two months.
I want to get excited, I really do. That Bruins team that took the ice brought back memories of the 2011 team that won the Cup. Took no prisoners, showed no mercy and just kept their foot on the throttle until the final horn.
The B’s outshot Toronto 40-20.
Much like the Cup season, the b’s did not get their opening tilt of the playoffs off to the right start. Toronto scored on the PP 1:54 into the game and with the way the B’s have been playing as of late it did not give off a good vibe for the game or the series for that matter. Hell, the Leafs early goal already had the Bruins on the ropes considering it seems like the B’s are only allotted two goals a game.
Boston answered with two goals of their own before the first period ended. Wade Redden (1) scored on a very saveable shot for Reimer but hey, a goal is a goal. Plus it shut up all those Dougie supporters. Then in the final seconds of the period, Wade Redden ripped a shot from the point which was tipped past Reimer by a wide open Nathan Horton (1), who was just chillin on the doorstep.
The B’s took a 2-1 lead into the second frame where they continued to add to the lead. David Krejci (1) put home a rebound from the top of the crease. Then an absolute Johnny Rocket (1) from the blue line was the dagger for the B’s.
The two teams take a few days off before hitting the ice again on Saturday night for game 2.