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Bruins Beat Maple Leafs 4-3 in OT Thriller, Lead Series 3-1

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David Krejci hat trick goal in overtime gave the Boston Bruins a 4-3 win and a 3-1 series lead over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Tuukka Rask was terrific in net for the Bruins, making 45 saves for the second straight game including 11 in overtime. Captain Zdeno Chara assisted on all four Bruins goals.

After falling behind 2-0 on goals by Toronto’s Joffrey Lupul and Cody Franson in a first period that the Bruins dominated for the most part, the B’s came out strong in the second period.

Patrice Bergeron scored his first goal of the series on the powerplay 32 seconds into the period. Later in the period, Krejci crashed the net and shouldered in a goal for his first of the night. Just under four minutes later and with the man advantage, Krejci wristed home a one timer to give the Bruins a 3-2 lead. But the lead was short lived when Leafs winger Clarke MacArthur scored his first of the playoffs 44 seconds later.

After a scoreless third period, overtime began and turned out to be one of the best overtime periods in the playoffs so far. After 13 minutes of end to end hockey, Krejci skated down the left side on a two on one and beat Leafs goalie James Reimer under the glove arm. Krejci showed great patience to hold the shot long enough to make Reimer and the Toronto crowd antsy. Krejci now has five goals and five assists in the series.

The Bruins will look to close out the series tonight in Game 5 against the Leafs at the TD Garden. Puck drops at 7 PM.

About Jeff Miller - @JeMillz11

Graduate of Suffolk University with a BS in Broadcast Journalism. I love all the four major sports and have been a diehard Boston sports fan my whole life.

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