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).
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