Game 1: Bruins-Leafs Snapshots
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ROUND 1, GAME 1: Bruins (1-0) vs Maple Leafs (0-0)
9:45 p.m. - Third Period Snapshots: FINAL BOS 4, TOR 1
Bruins Take Game One: The Bruins dominated Game One of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals to take a 1-0 series lead topping the Leafs 4-1 in Boston. After the Maple Leafs went up 1-0, just 1:54 into the game, The Bruins scored four unanswered goals, and had two others disallowed. Wade Redden, Nathan Horton, David Krejci, and Johnny Boychuk provided the offensive firepower for the Bruins as the B's outshot the Leafs, 40-20. The Bruins are back in action for Game Two this Saturday against the Maple Leafs in Boston at 7:00 p.m. ET
Fight at Buzzer: After a final horn sounded Chris Kelly and Nazem Kadri dropped the gloves and went at eachother for a couple minutes before the two were split apart and sent to their lockerrooms.
Orr to the Box: At 16:35, Leafs forward Colton Orr was called for a cross-check after a scrum in front of Tuukka Rask, sending the B's to their fourth power play of the game. Orr was also given a 10-minute misconduct for the play as well. The Bruins weren't able to generate much on the power play, leaving them 1-4 (25%) on the night.
Another Goal Disallowed: The Bruins thought they made it 5-1 at the 7:06 marker of the third period. Patrice Bergeron stuck his stick in between James Reimer's pads and pushed the puck into the net. The B's celebrated, but after a review the goal was disallowed because the puck had been covered by Toronto goaltender James Reimer.
Boychuk's Big Hit: Johnny Boychuk laid a hard hit on Toronto's Mikhail Grabovski, prompting the Colton Orr to come over to stand up for his teammate. Andrew Ference came streaking in to defend Boychuk from the persuing Orr, who had laid a cross-check on Boychuk just a split second prior. Ference and Orr were both assessed roughing penalties after the altercation with Orr also getting a cross-checking penalty, giving the Bruins a two minute power play with Orr's two minors. Serving the second penalty to Orr minor was Clarke MacArthur.
B's finish PP, Komarov Gets Misconduct: The Bruins finished the 1:15 of MacArthur's penalty to start to third but were unable to to sustain enough pressure to extend their lead. At the tail end of the remaining penalty to MacAurthur, Leo Komarov was given a 10 minute misconduct for what looked like some pushes to Brad Marchand after the whistle was blown.
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Next Game: The Bruins are back in action for Game 2 this Saturday against the Maple Leafs in Boston at 7:00 p.m. ET
8:48 p.m. - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 4, TOR 1
B's to the Power Play: The B's went on their third power play of the night at 19:24. Clarke MacArthur was called for a hook. The B's had a chance before the period ended when Jaromir Jagr let a wrister go from the middle of the slot, with Reimer barely making the stop. The Bruins will have 1:25 left on their power play to start the third.
Bergy Back to the Box: Patrice Bergeron was called for his second penalty of the night, a slash, at 15:56. The B's were able to generate a ton of pressure shorthanded, with multiple scoring chances, including one from Chris Kelly. The Bruins killed the penalty, making them two for three on the night.
Johnny Rocket: At 15:44, Milan Lucic lugged one up the ice and shuffled a pass to David Krejci awaiting at the Toronto blueline. Krejci then left the puck for Johnny Boychuk who was flying up the ice with a head of steam. Boychuk came in and absolutely laid into the puck, letting a slapper go that beat Reimer cleanly. It was Boychuk's seventh career playoff goal. The assist gave Krejci a goal and two helpers on the night for three points, which at this point, leads the league in the playoff scoring.
Krejci Gives B's 3-1 Lead: With 9:35 remaining in the second frame, David Krejci gave the Bruins a 3-1 lead for his first goal of the postseason and his 21st career playoff goal. Earning the assists on the play was Milan Lucic for his first of assist/point the 2013 Playoffs and his 21st career playoff assist. Krejci fired one at the net that popped back out into the slot. There was a battle for the puck in front of the net, before Krejci re-collected it, spun, and fired one past Reimer.
Seguin Nearly Scores: At 1:10 into the second period, Chris Kelly led the charge on a breakaway with Tyler Seguin flying on his left. Kelly passed it to Seguin who then rang a wrist shot off the top post and appeared to go in at first glance. But upon further review of the replay it clearly showed that the puck hit the crossbar and didn't make it past the goal line to keep the game at 2-1, still in favor of the Bruins.
8:06 p.m. - First Period Snapshots: BOS 2, TOR 1
Horton Puts B's On Top: Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf went off for slashing at 17:55 and the Bruins swarmed on the power play, putting the pressure on full-throttle. They had chance after chance before the Leafs almost buried a shorthanded goal from James van Riemsdyk, who rang one off the post, causing Dennis Seidenberg to crash into Tuukka Rask and knock him to the ice. While that was happening, the puck bounced free and the B's took it the other way. Redden let one go from the point and Horton was ready for it, setting a screen in front of Reimer and tipping it on its way through to put the Bruins on top, 2-1 with 11.7 seconds remaining in the first frame. The goal was reviewed and it was ruled that Horton's stick was below the cross bar, constituting a good goal. It was Horton's ninth career playoff goal, in his first playoff game since Game 3 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final.
Redden Ties It: Wade Redden notched his 13th career playoff goal at 16:20. Gregory Campbell dumped the puck into the right corner and went in on the forecheck along with Daniel Paille. Campbell picked up the puck and tried to wrap it past James Reimer, but the puck went through the slot to Redden at the left point. Redden stepped in and took a slapper from the top of the left circle that made its way through Reimer.
B's Back on the PK: At 11:56 into the first period, the Bruins found themselves back on the penalty kill for the second time this evening when Johnny Boychuk was called for hooking and sent to the box for two minutes. The B's were able to kill the penalty, making them one for two on the night.
Frazer to the Box: At 2:36 into the first period, Frazer McLaren was called for delay of game putting the Bruins on the power play for the first time in tonight's game. The Bruins had a few scoring opportunities, including a Brad Marchand wrist shot that went off the post, but Reimer remained poised in net to preserve the Leafs 1-0 lead with just over 15 minutes to go in the first frame of the game.
Bergeron to the Box: At 1:39 into the first period Patrice Bergeron was called for tripping putting the Bruins on the penalty kill for the first time tonight and in this postseason. The Leafs wasted no time on the power play opportunity as James van Riemsdyk converted on a loose puck out in front of the Bruins net, past Tuukka Rask to give the Leafs a 1-0 lead. That marks the Van Riemsdyk's first goal of the postseason (12th career playoff goal) with the assists coming from Cody Franson (seventh career playoff assist) and Tyler Bozak (first career playoff point/assist), who earn their first points and assists fo the 2013 playoffs.
Bruins Outshooting Leafs, Led by Bergeron Line: At the end of the first period, the Bruins have outshot the Maple Leafs by a 15-5 margin. The B’s outshot the Leafs in three of their four matchups this season. In total, Boston amassed a 121-86 shot advantage over Toronto for the season, including a 33-13 shot effort during a 2-3 loss in Toronto on March 23rd. The Marchand-Bergeron-Seguin line combined for eight of the Bruins 15 shots in the first frame, with Marchand and Seguin putting up three apiece and Bergeron registering two.
6:30 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs TOR
TONIGHT'S 'BOSTON STRONG' FAN BANNER CAPTAINS: Todd Brown (Boston Police Bomb Technician), Sean Tierney (Cambridge Police Bomb Technician) Eric Gahagan (Mass. State Police Bomb Technician) and Ariane Thibodeau (Transit Police Bomb Technician) will be starting tonight's pregame ceremonies as the honorary Fan Banner Captains. 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.
REGULAR SEASON ROUNDUP: The Bruins finished the second straight regular season with the league’s top faceoff percentage at 56.4%, led by Patrice Bergeron who led all NHL players with a 62.1% win rate…Boston had three players in the top eight of the plus/minus category with Bergeron’s +24 (6th NHL), Tyler Seguin’s +23 (T-7th NHL) and Brad Marchand’s +23 (T-7th NHL). Dennis Seidenberg ranked third among NHL defenseman in plus/minus rating with a +18…Tuukka Rask finished the regular season among league leaders in goals against (T-4th at 2.00), save percentage (3rd at .929) and shutouts (T-1st at 5).
BRUINS VS LEAFS POSTSEASON LIFETIME: The Bruins and Leafs will meet for the 14th time in postseason history with Toronto holding an 8-5 record in the previous 13 series. The last time Boston and Toronto met in the Stanley Cup Playoffs was in 1974, when the Bruins swept the Leafs in four games. The Bruins and Leafs have played 62 postseason games, with Toronto holding a 31-30-1 record and Boston having a 153-150 scoring edge.
PLAYOFF EXPERIENCE: The Bruins come into tonight’s game with all but four players having playoff experience under their belt, combining for 1,273 postseason games and 22 Championship rings. Five of those B’s players enter the postseason with 100+ games logged in the playoffs (Zdeno Chara, Andrew Ference, Jaromir Jagr, Jay Pandolfo and Wade Redden). The Toronto Maple Leafs will enter tonight with 15 players who have not appeared in a postseason game. The 10 Leafs roster players that have appeared in postseason games have combined for 206 games.
CONSECUTIVE POSTSEASONS: The Bruins are playing in their sixth straight postseason, which is their longest stretch since their NHL-record span of 29 consecutive years from 1968-1996. The B’s have qualified for the playoffs for the 66th time in their 88 years in which there has been a postseason.
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 and is one point short of tying Brett Hull for sixth place on the all-time playoff points list at 190…Dougie Hamilton, Carl Soderberg, Aaron Johnson and Anton Khudobin are the only four players on the Bruins roster to have not played in an NHL playoff game.
153 AND COUNTING: The Bruins have sold out 153 consecutive regular season and playoff games at TD Garden following Thursday’s game. Their last non-sellout was on Dec. 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning and drew 16,553.
TORONTO NOTEBOOK: Toronto finished second in the NHL on the penalty kill going 138-for-157 (87.9%), including a stretch over the last 36 games where they went 112-for-122 (91.8%) from Feb. 7 to April 27… Phil Kessel finished in the top 10 goal scorers for the second consecutive season with 20 (T-8th NHL) goals in 48 games…Toronto goaltender James Reimer set a franchise record for save percentage in a single season (.924, 7th NHL) and finished fourth in sixth in the league with four shutouts…Colton Orr lead the NHL in penalty minutes this season registering 155 PIM in 44 games. Frazer McLaren finished eighth in NHL PIM, spending 102 minutes in the penalty box.
MARCHAND’S RAFFLE TO BENEFIT THE RICHARD FAMILY: Brad Marchand raffled off his own TD Garden suite for the team’s first home playoff game tonight, with all proceeds benefitting the Richard family of Dorchester, whose son Martin passed away on at the Boston Marathon tragedy. In total, the raffle generated $207,000.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 18-for-122 (14.8%, T-25th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 142-for-163 (87.1%, 4th NHL)… Leafs power play: 31-for-166 (18.7%, 14th NHL), Leafs penalty kill: 138-for-157 (87.9%, 2nd NHL).