Game 6: Bruins-Leafs Snapshots
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GAME 6: BRUINS (3-2) vs MAPLE LEAFS (2-3)
10:32 p.m. Third Period Snapshots: FINAL BOS 1, TOR 2
MAPLE LEAFS FORCE GAME 7: Milan Lucic got the Bruins on the board with 25.5 seconds remaining, but it was too little too late. The Maple Leafs live to see another day as they take Game 6 by a score of 2-1. The Bruins and Leafs return to TD Garden for Game 7 tomorrow night at 7 p.m.
PAILLE GETS A CHANCE: The Merlot Line always brings a spark to the Bruins’ lineup and tonight is no exception. Just inside the 4:00 mark of the third period, Gregory Campbell connected with Daniel Paille on a cross-ice, one-timer feed. James Reimer left plenty of space open above his left shoulder, but Paille couldn’t get all of it and he sent the puck right into Maple Leaf on Reimer’s jersey.
KESSEL EXTENDS LEAFS’ LEAD: An icing call gave the Maple Leafs an offensive-zone faceoff, and it opened the door for their second goal of the night. Matt Frattin fired a shot from the point right off the draw and chaos ensued in front of the net as Nazem Kadri battled with Bruins defensemen for possession. In the midst of the struggle, Phil Kessel swooped in and chipped a backhand over Tuukka Rask’s right leg pad.
JAGR AND SEGUIN NEARLY SCORE: The Bruins have intensified their offensive attack since Dion Phaneuf’s go-ahead goal. First, Jaromir Jagr nearly batted in a rebound from a Dougie Hamilton slapshot but just narrowly missed tucking it inside of the post. Moments later, Tyler Seguin had a similar chance in front of the net, but James Reimer was able to get his body in front of the puck before the B’s forward could sneak the puck behind him.
LEAFS TAKE THE LEAD: After more than 41 minutes of scoreless hockey, the Maple Leafs finally broke the deadlock at the 1:48 mark of the third period. Nazem Kadri carried the puck into the offensive zone, patiently coasted across the ice, and then whipped a wrist shot that deflected off of Dion Phaneuf and into the net. Kadri and James van Riemsdyk picked up the assists.
9:27 p.m. Second Period Snapshots: BOS 0, TOR 0
RASK DENIES PHANEUF: With just four seconds remaining in the second period, Dion Phaneuf received a one-timer feed from Carl Gunnarsson at the point and nearly netted the first goal of the game. Tuukka Rask delivered one of his most spectacular saves of the series by robbing Phaneuf with a snow-cone glove save. At end of the second frame, Rask has turned away all 17 shots fired his way.
LEAFS, BRUINS GETTING PHYSICAL: At this rate, the Bruins and Maple Leafs may both post series-low shot totals in tonight’s game. However, both squads are racking up hits at a high rate. With two minutes remaining in the second period, the B’s and Leafs have exchanged 71 hits combined. For the series, Boston and Toronto are averaging 40.8 and 49.2 hits respectively, and both are on pace to surpass those figures tonight. Depsite the physical play, no penalities were assesed in the second period which is the first time no infractions were called in a period in this series.
BRUINS HOT ON THE DOT: The Bruins finished the regular season as the NHL’s best faceoff team, so it’s no coincidence they’re dominating the Maple Leafs tonight. Halfway through regulation, Boston is winning faceoffs at a 67% rate. Rich Peverley leads the pack with an 83% success rate, followed by Patrice Bergeron, Chris Kelly, and David Krejci, who are all winning draws at a 67% clip.
REIMER ROBS BERGERON: The Bruins responded to the Leafs’ offensive attack with a strong possession of their own, one that featured their best scoring chance of the night. Patrice Bergeron had a wide open net as he closed in for a wrap-around, but James Reimer sprawled out on his stomach and denied Bergeron with his stick. This is the second time tonight Reimer has robbed Bergeron on a chance right in front of the net.
LEAFS GENERATING CHANCES: The Maple Leafs managed only seven shots on goal in the first period, but their offense has returned rejuvenated in the second. Toronto has only registered three shots on the stat sheet, but the Leafs had three shots blocked and three miss wide five minutes in.
8:28 p.m. First Period Snapshots: BOS 0, TOR 0
MCQUAID AND VAN RIEMSDYK PENALIZED: At 16:28 into the first frame period, the Bruins were penalized for the first time tonight. Adam McQuaid was called for interference after he laid a shoulder into Clarke MacArthur as the two chased down a puck behind Boston’s net. The Leafs had the Bruins’ PK kill on its heels as they fired shot after shot, but Toronto’s man advantage was abruptly cut short. James van Riemsdyk was sent to the sin bin for interference after he collided with Tuukka Rask after the whistle. The Bruins struggled to muster much offense in 1:24 of 5-on-4 hockey. Only Patrice Bergeron was able to get a shot on James Reimer, but was unable to capitalize on the solid scoring opportunity.
BRUINS, LEAFS QUIET EARLY: Midway through the first period, the Bruins and Maple Leafs have combined to register only eight shots on goal. The defensive effort on both sides of the ice seems to have been elevated from the first five of the series. In Games 1 through 5, Boston averaged 41.6 shots while Toronto averaged 36.
BRUINS GET A PP EARLY: Just 2:12 into the first period, the Bruins’ power play hit the ice for the first time tonight. Maple Leafs defenseman John Michael-Liles was called for delay of game after he lifted a clearing attempt over the boards. The Bruins PP unit struggled to get anything established against Toronto’s penalty kill, however. Boston’s best look came when Milan Lucic nearly connected with Tyler Seguin on a cross-ice feed, but the pass was just out of Seguin's wingspan. The Bruins power play is now 3-for-17 on the series while the Maple Leafs penalty kill improves to 14-for17.
7:00 p.m. Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs TOR
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (3-2, 2.32 GAA, .933 Save %) vs. Reimer (2-3, 2.88 GAA, .928 Save %). Rask is 10-8 with a 2.53 GAA and .919 Save % in 18 career postseason games. Reimer is 2-3 with a 2.88 GAA and .928 Save % in five career postseason games.
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 Bruins and Maple Leafs have played 67 postseason games, with Boston holding a 33-33-1 record and a 169-162 scoring advantage. In those 67 postseason games, the Bruins are 17-18 in Boston and 16-15-1 in Toronto.
STREAKING: David Krejci comes into tonight riding a career-best five-game point streak tallying 5-6=11 totals in the process. Krejci enters tonight ranked tied for first in goals (5), points (11) and plus/minus rating (+7)… Zdeno Chara is riding a streak of his own tallying one goal and four assists in his last two games played.
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.
FERENCE & REDDEN UPDATE: Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien spoke with the media following this morning’s pregame skate and gave an update on defensemen Andrew Ference and Wade Redden. Julien said that Redden will be a game-time decision for tonight’s game, after missing Game 5 with an undisclosed injury. Julien also said that Andrew Ference is day-to-day as well and did not make the trip to Toronto.
BRUINS GAME 6 HISTORY: The Bruins enter tonight’s game with a 10-13 record in Game 6’s of best-of-seven playoff series in which they have led 3-2 and are 19-4 lifetime in best-of-seven series in which they have held that lead.
KREJCI LINE SHINES: The line composed of Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Nathan Horton has been on fire for the Bruins thus far in the playoffs tallying points in each of the four games of this series. The trio has accumulated a combined 23 points, with 11 of those points coming from Krejci (5-6=11). Lucic currently tied for first (Krejci) on B’s in helpers with six assist, while Horton is tied for first (Krejci) with plus/minus rating of +7.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 3-for-16 (18.8%, 9th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 13-for-17 (76.5%, 11th NHL)… Maple Leafs power play: 4-for-17 (23.5%, 6th NHL), Maple Leafs penalty kill: 13-for-16 (81.3%, 8th NHL).