|2014 NBA Playoffs Expert Picks: First Round||NBA First Round Predictions||Datsyuk’s Late Heroics Topple Bruins in Game 1||Celtics Go 1-1 in Draft Order Tiebreakers|
The Boston Bruins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 in a must win Game 3. The Bruins exhibited their playoff experience by bouncing back from their ugly Game 2 loss to score five goals in front of a sold out and very loud Air Canada Centre. David Krejci had two assists and added an empty net goal while Tuukka Rask was dominate in net, making 45 saves.
The Bruins got on the board first when Adam McQuaid’s slap shot from the point found a hole and beat Toronto net minder James Reimer 13:42 into the first period. His first career playoff goal, was set up off a face off win by Krejci and a pass by Milan Lucic.
The B’s doubled their lead 5:57 into the second period when Jaromir Jagr stole the puck behind the Leafs net and fed Rich Peverley all alone for his first goal of the playoffs. Jagr, who played arguably his best game as a Bruin, seemed to have the puck on his stick like a yo-yo in the Toronto zone and had six shots on net.
Toronto answered 13:45 into the second with a goal of their own when a Jake Gardiner wrist shot found the back of the net to make it 2-1. The Bruins were scrambling in their zone and failed to clear the puck twice. But Nathan Horton got the goal right back 50 seconds later when Milan Lucic beat the Maple Leafs defense with a deke move and fed Horton in front of the net for his third goal of the series. Two minutes later while on the penalty kill, Daniel Paille stole a pass from Phil Kessel at the blue line and deked Reimer on the breakaway to make it 4-1.
The Maple Leafs came out desperate and hungry in the third period, out shooting the Bruins 18-6 including a Phil Kessel goal 47 seconds into the period on the powerplay. The Bruins failed to clear the puck which led to Kessel scoring his second goal of the series on a rebound with Rask way out of the net. The Bruins have now given up four powerplay goals during their 12 short handed opportunities.
Tuukka Rask held the fort down the rest of the way and Krejci would add an empty net goal to ice it. Krejci now has two goals and five assists in the series. The Krejci-Lucic-Horton line finished the night with two goals and six assists, and has five goals and 12 assists in the series.
The Bruins will look to make it 3-1 before returning home for Game 5. Puck drop for Game 4 is Wednesday night at 7:00 PM.
Tags: Adam McQuaid, Boston Bruins, Daniel Paille, David Krejci, Jake Gardiner, James Reimer, Jaromir Jagr, Milan Lucic, Nathan Horton, Phil Kessel, Rich Peverley, Stanley Cup Playoffs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Tuukka Rask