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BRUINS 20-7-3 (43 PTS) VS MAPLE LEAFS 17-12-3 (37 PTS)
Bruins Top Toronto: With tonight's 3-2 shootout victory over Toronto, the Bruins take the season series from the Leafs 3-1. The Bruins will play again on Wednesday against their Northeast Division foe Montreal Canadiens.
10:04 p.m. - Postgame Snapshots: FINAL (SO) BOS 3, TOR 2
Shootout play-by-play by round:
1-Tyler Seguin: Swung out left on his approach then slid to back to the right the to center himself in the seam and put a wrister past Reimer and glove-side. Shootout: 1-0, Bruins.
1-Tyler Bozak: Went directly in at Rask and was able to beat Rask with a snapshot glove-side. Shootout: 1-1.
2-Patrice Berergon: Swung out left, just like Seguin and pulled a very similar move to his linemate and got Reimer to commit and was able to slid it in glove-side with the Leafs goaltender laying on the ice. Shootout: 2-1, B's
2-Nazem Kadri: swung out right and remained right and tried to beat Rask glove-side but he was able to knock it away. Shootout: 2-1, B's
3-Brad Marchand: Marchand went straight on and tried to beat Reimer glove-side but, got Reimer got enough of the puck to keep it out of the net. Shootout: 2-1, B's
3-Nikolai Kuleman: Swung out right and and skated back left trying and let a wrester fly blocker side but was turned aside by Rask to give the Bruins two points. Shootout Final: 2-1, B's.
OT Snapshot: The Bruins spent a lot of time in their own end in overtime but Rask was resilient stopping all attacks on net to send the game into a shootout.
OT Extracurricular Activity: As OT expired to go into a shootout, Dion Phaneuf and Zdeno Chara got into a little scuffle right in front of the Toronto bench, but were quickly pulled apart by the referees and sent to their respective sides. It's pretty obvious that both teams what the two points very badly.
Ference and Phanuef to the Box: Following a stoppage in play, Andrew Ference and Dion Phaneuf received matching roughing penalties with just under seven minutes remaining. Two minutes of four-on-four play saw the score remain tied at two with neither team able to capitalize on chances.
Bergeron Knots It: At 10:36 into the third period, Dougie Hamilton, deep in the Leafs zone, was able to find Patrice Bergeron, who potted the equalizing backhander to knot the game at 2-2. That goal was number nine of the year for Bergeron with Brad Marchand and Hamilton earning their 13th and 10th assists of the year respectively.
B's PK Attempt #3: Just 30 seconds into the third period, Patrice Bergeron was called for hooking on Joffrey Lupul. The Bruins killed off the penalty without harm and even had a great shorthanded scoring chance with Marchand throwing a pass to Chara in stride through the seam. Chara tried to backhand the biscuit past Reimer, but the Leafs goaltender held his ground and maintained good body position to keep the puck out of the net.
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Next Game: The Bruins will finish their two-game homestand against their Norteast Division rival, Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday, March 27. Puck drop is scheduled 7:30 p.m. ET
8:44 p.m. - 2nd Period Snapshots: TOR 2, BOS 1
B's PK: For the second time in the second frame the Bruins found themselves on the PK after Dennis Seidenberg was called for slashing after breaking the stick of ex-Bruin Phil Kessell at 16:37. This time, though, the puck stayed out of Rask's net. The Bruins were able to put a few shorthanded attempts on goal including a spinning shot from Daniel Paille in front of Reimer, and a chance from Rich Peverley in close after he used his speed down the left wing.
Lucic Scores: Rich Peverley grabbed a loose puck and threw a pass to Milan Lucic, who had a head of steam skating through the spoked-B at center ice and down the right wing. Lucic found himself one-on-one with Reimer, after powering past the Leafs defender and put the puck five-hole to to cut Toronto's lead to 2-1 at 9:49 into the second period. That goal marks Lucic's fifth goal of the season and his first goal after a 15-game scoreless drought. That was Peverley's seventh assist on the season with Jordan Caron also earning a helper on the play for his second with the B's this season.
Breakaway Goal: At 8:01 into the second period, Aaron Johnson took a slap shot that was blocked by Toronto and took a friendly bounce to Nazem Kadri, who threw a pass up the middle of the ice to a streaking Nikolai Kulemin for the breakaway. Kulemin deked a few times before he was able to beat Rask stick side for his fifth goal of the year to put the Leafs up 2-0. Kadri stays red hot with the assist, and is now on a five-game point streak (3-7-10).
B's on the PK: Aaron Johnson was called for interference on Nazem Kadri 27 seconds into the second period to put the Bruins on the penalty kill for the first time in tonight's game. The Maple Leafs were able to convert on their 21st power play goal of the year with Joffrey Lupul notching his fourth goal of the year. Earning assists for the Maple Leafs on the play were Jake Gardiner (2) and Mikhail Grobovski (6). After Rask committed to Gardiner in close with the puck, the Leafs forward found Lupul all alone at the left wing circle.
Krejci Showing No Fear: After taking a Johnny Boychuk slap shot to the knee on March 19 in Pittsburgh to put him out for a game, David Krejci has showed no hesitation to get back in front of the net for the B's. Krejci, at various points in the second period, was in front of the net doing his best to screen Reimer and redirect pucks, including a tip of a Zdeno Chara slapshot from just in front of the blueline.
7:44 p.m. - 1st Period Snapshots: BOS 0, TOR 0
Rask Solid: Tuukka Rask looks solid through the first period in his first start since March 19 against Winnipeg. Tuukka stopped all six shots on net in the opening frame, including a series that saw Toronto's Nikolai Kulemin repeatedly whack at the puck right in the B's crease before Rask was able to secure the puck.
Bruins on the PP: At 17:19 into the first period, the Bruins went on their first power play of the game after Colton Orr was called for boarding Matt Bartkowski. The Bruins had once scoring opportunity on the power play, after a puck deflected off the boards to Krejci who sent a pass to Rich Peverley, who threw a quick wrister on net from the left faceoff circle, but Reimer was just in position to make the stop.
New Line Bruins: With the new-look lines tonight (see below for Bruins' lines), the B's saw some scoring chances in the first period and the trios are starting to find some new chemistry. New linemates Rich Peverley and Milan Lucic had a solid chance with Peverley, showing great speed, winning a race to the puck deep in the Leafs zone. Peverley then threw a pass to a streaking Lucic on the doorstep of the Leafs crease, where No. 17 just missed connecting with the puck. At 4:34, Patrice Bergeron and Daniel Paille showed some synergy with Paille racing down the left wing and firing a shot that Reimer stopped with his pads. Bergeron, who was trailing the play, nearly potted the rebound past Reimer. A simple play, but it's nice to see the B's hopping on those loose pucks, as for the past fews games, it's seemed like there's been a lot of lost puck battles.
B's Best Chances Early On: The Bruins best scoring chance came when Andrew Ference took a shot from the top of the right faceoff circle about three minutes into the game, which Reimer able to just able to body up. However, when puck fell to the ice between Reimer's pads, the puck slipped behind the goaltender and started to creep within a foot of the goal line before the netminder covered it up for the whistle. The very next rush down, David Krejci and Brad Marchand had an ever better chance for the B's. Krejci and Marchand led a two-on-one rush in the Toronto zone with Krejci carrying the puck up the right side. Krejci flipped a pass from as he reached the top of the right faceoff circle to Marchand on the left side and immediately directed the puck on net but came up less then a foot wide of the net, which likely would have beat Reimer stick-side. After the strong start to the first, the teams settled into a tight-checking game, which should continue into the second.
6:42 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs TOR
MATCHUP: Tonight the Bruins and Maple Leafs will finisih the back end of their home-at-home series here in Boston for their fourth and final meeting of the regular season. The series stands at 2-1 in favor of the Bruins coming into the tonight, after the Leafs snapped an eight game losing streak to the Bruins on Saturday in Toronto. The B's will look to carry their third period momentum from last game into the first period tonight to get on the board early.
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (14-4-3, 1.90 GAA, .928 Save %) vs. Reimer (11-4-3, 2.69 GAA, .917 Save %). Rask is 7-1-0 with a 1.41 GAA and .951 Save % with one shutout in 10 career games against Toronto. Reimer is 4-4-0 with a 2.89 GAA and .916 Save % in eight career games against Boston.
LINE RUSHES: Head Coach Claude Julien mixed up the lines yesterday at practice and it looks like we will see those changes reflected in tonight's game based on pregame line rushes:
HEART HEALTH NIGHT: The Boston Bruins will be hosting a charity night during this evening’s game to benefit the American Heart Association (AHA). Both children and adults affected by Heart Disease have been invited in for the game and will participate in various fan activities such as bench assistant, high five experience, zamboni rides, and a post game meet and greet. All in-game fundraising, including the sale of mystery autograph pucks and the 50/50 raffle, will benefit the American Heart Association. Members of the Bruins organization will be showing their support for the AHA by wearing “For your heart” pins throughout the course of tonight’s game.
B’S TO HOST CHEEVER’S GROW HOCKEY NIGHT: Tonight the Boston Bruins Foundation is teaming up with Mass Hockey to support the Mike Cheever’s Grow Hockey Grant. Bruins alumni Bob Sweeney and Tommy Songin along with representatives from Mass Hockey will present a donation during the first intermission for the amount of $171,280.00. The money for the donation has been generated from the proceeds from the Bruins’ “Invest in Youth Hockey” license plate sales. The purpose of the Mike Cheever's Grow Hockey Grant is to seek, fund, and share within Mass Hockey, innovative methods for growing ice hockey participation in local organizations, as well as Girls/Women and Disabled Hockey Programs. The grant program after is named after Cheever, because it is aimed at achieving what he dedicated his life to: giving more kids the opportunity to play the game.
BRUINS VS MAPLE LEAFS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Leafs will meet for the 649th time tonight with the B’s holding a 286-256-47-3 record with the Maple Leafs holding 1,927-1,916 scoring advantage in those games. Boston is 178-95-47-3 in 323 games at home with a 1,061-857 scoring edge against Toronto. The B’s are 25-6-5 in their last 36 games against the Leafs and 10-1-1 in their last 12 games versus Toronto in Boston.
TWO GOALS OR LESS: Boston has held opponents to two or fewer goals in 20 games this season and is 19-1-0 in those games.
STREAKING: Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg is the lone Bruin coming into tonight’s game with a point streak, having registered two goals in his last two games for his first and second of the year. With those goals, the B’s join Montreal and Philadelphia as one of three teams where every player who has played at least half of their team’s games has scored at least one goal.
142 AND COUNTING: The Bruins have sold out 142 consecutive regular season and playoff games at TD Garden. Their last non-sellout was on Dec. 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning and drew 16,553.
MAPLE LEAFS NOTEBOOK: The Leafs ended their eight-game losing streak against the Bruins on March 23 with a 3-2 win in Toronto…Toronto’s PK is 64-70 (91.4%) over the last 22 games (Feb. 7 – March 23) and now sits fifth in the NHL… Mikhail Grobovski leads all Toronto players in career goals (14) and points (18) in 30 games against Boston, which is the most goals he has against any club… Nazem Kadri is currently riding a four-game point streak and has registered three goals and six points during that span… Joffrey Lupul is one game shy of playing in his 100th game in a Toronto sweater.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 13-for-85 (15.3%, 22nd NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 97-for-105 (92.4%, 1st NHL)… Maple Leafs power play: 20-for-113 (17.7%, 18th NHL), Leafs penalty kill: 87-for-102 (85.3%, 5th NHL).