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Once More, Bruins Can’t Figure Out Maple Leafs

Tyler Seguin #19 of the Boston Bruins is tripped by Darryl Boyce #47 of the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 31, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

In trying to keep pace with Philadelphia and Washington, Boston instead couldn’t keep pace with Toronto, losing at home 4-3 in a shootout. The two teams were relatively even in the 1st Period, with the only goal coming on a wrist shot from Toronto’s Luke Schenn. Toronto also out-shot Boston by one in the period, making that goal the difference.

The 2nd was very good to Boston; the Bruins out-shot Toronto 18-7. Boston quickly tied the score down a man, and followed it 59 seconds later to take the lead. Down again a man minutes later, Boston allowed the Leafs to tie the score, but Boston took the lead again 1:25 later. 20 of 34 penalty minutes were also handed out in the period.

The final regulation period was just about a mirror image of the 1st. Toronto scored the only goal, and out-shot Boston by one. The only real difference was zero penalty minutes, as opposed to 12 in the 1st. Toronto also had two more shots in the overtime period, but despite finishing the last 1:05 of the period on a power play, Boston couldn’t get the job done, and had to test their luck in a shootout, where their luck has been largely terrible this year.

Boston elected to go first in the shootout, but Tyler Seguin and Michael Ryder couldn’t get the puck in the net (nor could Phil Kessel, for that matter) before Nazem Kadri put the Maple Leafs ahead. Rich Peverly couldn’t keep Boston in the race, and Toronto came away with the win.

JERRY!! JERRRY!! Moment of the Game

Scoring Summary

1st Period
7:06 TOR Luke Schenn (5) Wrist Shot – Assists: Carl Gunnarsson (14) & Joffrey Lupul (15)
2nd Period
2:09 BOS SHG – Brad Marchand (21) Backhand – Assists: none
3:08 BOS David Krejci (13) Wrist Shot – Assists: Milan Lucic (30) & Nathan Horton (27)
7:06 TOR PPG – Joffrey Lupul (12) Wrist Shot – Assists: Phil Kessel (30) & Tyler Bozak (17)
8:31 BOS Andrew Ference (3) Slap Shot – Assists: Brad Marchand (19) & Patrice Bergeron (34)
3rd Period
7:53 TOR Joffrey Lupul (13) Wrist Shot – Assists: Phil Kessel (31) & Luke Schenn (16)
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
Tyler Seguin BOS Miss
Phil Kessel TOR Miss
Michael Ryder BOS Miss
Nazem Kadri TOR Goal
Rich Peverly BOS Miss

Penalty Summary

1st Period
11:47 BOS Tyler Seguin: Hooking – 2 min
14:03 BOS Steven Kampfer: Hooking – 2 min
16:00 TOR Phil Kessel served by Clarke MacArthur: Roughing – 2 min
16:00 BOS Andrew Ference: Slashing – 2 min
16:00 TOR Phil Kessel: Roughing – 2 min
18:05 TOR Nikolai Kulemin: Hooking – 2 min
2nd Period
0:40 BOS Zdeno Chara: Holding – 2 min
6:38 BOS Gregory Campbell: Hi-sticking – 2 min
9:00 TOR Jay Rosehill: Interference – 2 min
11:06 TOR Jay Rosehill: Fighting (maj) – 5 min
11:06 BOS Milan Lucic: Fighting (maj) – 5 min
12:59 TOR Dion Phaneuf: Tripping – 2 min
18:28 BOS Andrew Ference: Hooking – 2 min
3rd Period
NONE
OT Period
3:55 TOR Joffrey Lupul: Slashing – 2 min

Goalie Stats

Goalie Save Total TOI
TOR James Reimer (W) 35/38 64:55
BOS Tim Thomas (L) 28/31 64:56

Shots on Goal

1st 2nd 3rd OT Total
TOR 10 7 8 6 31
BOS 9 18 7 4 38

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