|Eastern Conference Quarterfinals - Best of 7 - Game 3 - Series tied at 1-1|
|9||BOSTON||-130||Ov 5,-135||-130||Ov 5,-135|
|10||TORONTO||+110||Un 5,+115||+110||Un 5,+115|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||12-12-0||-3.6||12-12||-3.6||8-12||2.5||30.6||2.4||27.8|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-3.2||2-3||-3.2||2-1||2.4||35.0||2.4||28.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||50||137||44||48||40||5||11||1638||8.4%||128||19||14.8%||230|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||24||60||22||18||19||1||5||734||8.2%||58||10||17.2%||97|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||12||3||7||2||0||0||175||6.9%||11||2||18.2%||22|
|Team Stats (Playoffs)||2||6||2||3||1||0||0||81||7.4%||6||1||16.7%||11|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||20||52||10||23||16||3||4||710||7.3%||50||5||10.0%||87|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||114||29||38||41||6||8||1426||8.0%||169||23||13.6%||187|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||58||16||19||20||3||3||667||8.7%||75||9||12.0%||96|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||12||2||3||6||1||1||141||8.5%||17||5||29.4%||24|
|Stats Against (Playoffs)|| ||5||1||2||2||0||0||52||9.6%||7||2||28.6%||10|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||50||12||16||20||2||4||544||9.2%||66||11||16.7%||89|
|ANTON KHUDOBIN (All Games)||14||14||389||358||92.0%||0||9-5||+1.3||9-5-0||+2||5-6|
|ANTON KHUDOBIN (Road Games)||9||9||228||206||90.4%||0||5-4||-0.2||5-4-0||+1||4-4|
|ANTON KHUDOBIN (vs. Division)||8||8||223||208||93.3%||0||5-3||-0.3||5-3-0||0||2-3|
|ANTON KHUDOBIN (Last 4 Games)||4||4||124||113||91.1%||0||2-2||-1.9||2-2-0||-2||2-0|
|ANTON KHUDOBIN (Playoff Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|TUUKKA RASK (All Games)||38||36||1032||957||92.7%||4||20-16||-3.8||20-16-0||-3||12-20|
|TUUKKA RASK (Road Games)||17||15||436||403||92.4%||0||7-8||-3.4||7-8-0||-4||4-8|
|TUUKKA RASK (vs. Division)||13||12||319||288||90.3%||0||6-6||-4.2||6-6-0||-5||5-5|
|TUUKKA RASK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||110||99||90.0%||0||1-3||-4.2||1-3-0||-4||2-0|
|TUUKKA RASK (Playoff Games)||2||2||52||47||90.4%||0||1-1||-1||1-1-0||-1||1-0|
|TIM THOMAS (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|TIM THOMAS (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|TIM THOMAS (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|TIM THOMAS (Playoff Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||13-11-0||+0.2||13-11||+0.2||12-10||3.1||28.0||2.9||33.4|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-0.4||2-3||-0.4||2-2||2.4||22.8||3.0||33.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||50||150||47||52||49||2||5||1316||11.4%||174||33||19.0%||257|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||24||74||26||21||27||0||4||672||11.0%||88||16||18.2%||131|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||12||5||5||2||0||0||114||10.5%||17||3||17.6%||22|
|Team Stats (Playoffs)||2||5||1||2||2||0||0||52||9.6%||7||2||28.6%||10|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||20||58||19||20||18||1||1||519||11.2%||74||18||24.3%||101|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||139||30||52||52||5||11||1630||8.5%||163||20||12.3%||229|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||70||18||23||27||2||5||801||8.7%||73||7||9.6%||110|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||15||3||7||5||0||1||169||8.9%||17||1||5.9%||26|
|Stats Against (Playoffs)|| ||6||2||3||1||0||0||81||7.4%||6||1||16.7%||11|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||46||12||16||16||2||3||679||6.8%||59||5||8.5%||76|
|JAMES REIMER (All Games)||35||33||1076||994||92.4%||1||20-13||+8.9||20-13-0||+9||18-10|
|JAMES REIMER (Home Games)||18||16||514||471||91.6%||1||10-6||+3.1||10-6-0||+3||9-5|
|JAMES REIMER (vs. Division)||13||13||466||438||94.0%||0||8-5||+4.9||8-5-0||+5||6-4|
|JAMES REIMER (Last 4 Games)||4||4||138||128||92.8%||0||2-2||+0.6||2-2-0||+1||1-2|
|JAMES REIMER (Playoff Games)||2||2||81||75||92.6%||0||1-1||+0.8||1-1-0||+1||1-0|
|JUSSI RYNNAS (All Games)||1||0||6||6||100.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|BEN SCRIVENS (All Games)||20||17||542||496||91.5%||1||7-10||-3.1||7-10-0||-3||6-9|
|BEN SCRIVENS (Home Games)||10||8||284||262||92.3%||1||3-5||-2.8||3-5-0||-2||3-5|
|BEN SCRIVENS (vs. Division)||8||7||212||197||92.9%||1||3-4||-1.4||3-4-0||-1||2-4|
|BEN SCRIVENS (Last 4 Games)||4||3||110||99||90.0%||0||1-2||-1.4||1-2-0||-1||2-1|
|BEN SCRIVENS (Playoff Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: BOSTON 3.1, TORONTO 3.08|
|4/10/2013||at NEW JERSEY||5-4||W||0, -140||W||5 un||O|
|4/11/2013||NY ISLANDERS||1-2||L||0, -150||L||5 ov||U|
|4/13/2013||at CAROLINA||2-4||L||0, -155||L||5 ov||O|
|4/17/2013||BUFFALO||2-3||L||0, -255||L||5 ov||P|
|4/20/2013||PITTSBURGH||2-3||L||0, -140||L||5.5 un||U|
|4/21/2013||FLORIDA||3-0||W||0, -350||W||5.5 un||U|
|4/23/2013||at PHILADELPHIA||2-5||L||0, -140||L||5.5 un||O|
|4/25/2013||TAMPA BAY||2-0||W||0, -240||W||5.5 un||U|
|4/27/2013||at WASHINGTON||2-3||L||0, -125||L||5 ov||P|
|4/28/2013||OTTAWA||2-4||L||0, -185||L||5 un||O|
|5/1/2013||TORONTO||4-1||W||0, -175||W||5 ov||P|
|5/4/2013||TORONTO||2-4||L||0, -205||L||5 ov||O|
|5/6/2013||at TORONTO|| |
|5/8/2013||at TORONTO|| |
|4/10/2013||at NY RANGERS||2-3||L||0, +145||L||5 ov||P|
|4/13/2013||MONTREAL||5-1||W||0, +100||W||5.5 un||O|
|4/15/2013||NEW JERSEY||2-0||W||0, -155||W||5 ov||U|
|4/16/2013||at WASHINGTON||1-5||L||0, +140||L||5.5 ov||O|
|4/18/2013||NY ISLANDERS||3-5||L||0, -130||L||5.5 ov||O|
|4/20/2013||at OTTAWA||4-1||W||0, +120||W||5 ov||P|
|4/24/2013||at TAMPA BAY||2-5||L||0, -105||L||6 ev||O|
|4/25/2013||at FLORIDA||4-0||W||0, -145||W||5.5 ov||U|
|4/27/2013||MONTREAL||1-4||L||0, -110||L||5.5 un||U|
|5/1/2013||at BOSTON||1-4||L||0, +155||L||5 ov||P|
|5/4/2013||at BOSTON||4-2||W||0, +175||W||5 ov||O|
|5/10/2013||at BOSTON|| |
LAST SEASON: 49-29-4, 102 points. Lost to Washington 4-3 in first round.
COACH: Claude Julien, 6th season with Bruins, 228-132-50; 10th overall, 347-218-10-73 in NHL.
ADDED: D Dougie Hamilton (rookie). F Chris Bourque.
LOST: G Tim Thomas (suspended). F Marc Savard (concussions).
PLAYER TO WATCH: G Tuukka Rask. With Thomas, the two-time Vezina Trophy winner, opting to take a year off, the Bruins will rely on former backup Rask as the primary goaltender. He won the job from Thomas in 2009-10, posting a 1.97 GAA. Anton Khudobin will be the backup.
OUTLOOK: The Bruins are essentially the same team that won the Stanley Cup two years ago - with the important exception of Thomas. The enigmatic Conn Smythe Trophy winner from the title run surprised the team by deciding to take a year off to rest. He will be placed on the suspended list.
LAST SEASON: 35-37-10, 80 points. Missed playoffs by finishing 13th in Eastern Conference.
COACH: Randy Carlyle, 2nd season with Leafs, 6-9-3; 8th overall, 279-191-64 in NHL.
ADDED: LW James van Riemsdyk, C Jay McClement.
LOST: RW Colby Armstrong, D Luke Schenn, G Jonas Gustavsson.
PLAYER TO WATCH: The focus in Toronto continues to be on the turnstile in goal, a position that's been unsettled since Curtis Joseph led the Leafs to their last playoff berth in 2004 (yes, two NHL lockouts ago). Unless the Maple Leafs do go ahead and make a push to trade for Vancouver's Roberto Luongo, they'll settle on the tandem of James Reimer and Ben Scrivens.
OUTLOOK: Unsettled as usual. The Maple Leafs couldn't even get out of the lockout without making headlines by firing GM Brian Burke last week. Toronto has more than enough offensive punch, particularly with the addition of van Riemsdyk. The question always remains whether they have enough defense and goaltending to end what's now a seven-season playoff drought.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NHL PLAYOFF PREVIEW (BOSTON-TORONTO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(Updates with details, quotes. With AP Photos.)
*Bruins-Maple Leafs Preview* ============================
By HOWARD ULMAN AP Sports Writer
Boston At Toronto, Game Three, 7:00 p.m. EDT
BOSTON (AP) -- The first-game jitters are gone. Their top players are scoring. And the Toronto Maple Leafs are home for the next two games.
Everything seems to be going their way.
But everything seemed to be going the Boston Bruins' way after a dominant 4-1 win in their playoff opener. Then the Maple Leafs took control with a hard-hitting first period and a 4-2 victory in Game 2.
So all the cheering on Monday night in the first playoff game in Toronto since 2004 won't help if the Bruins bounce back the way the Maple Leafs did.
"There's going to be a lot of, I guess, media coverage and a lot of things said and a lot of things done," Toronto coach Randy Carlyle said, "but we have to stay focused on what we can control and we have to prepare ourselves to play a better Boston hockey club."
The win that evened the best-of-seven series came exactly nine years after the last postseason game in Toronto. The Maple Leafs overcame a 2-0 deficit in the third period but lost 3-2 to the Philadelphia Flyers on Jeremy Roenick's goal 7:39 into overtime in Game 6 of the second round.
On Saturday night, there were plenty of loud fans sporting blue-and-white Maple Leafs jerseys in Boston. Imagine how many there will be in Toronto.
"I don't think we're a team that lets those things distract us," Bruins coach Claude Julien said Sunday. "We've been through that before and we've played Montreal so many times in the playoffs, and that's a pretty hostile environment as well."
The Bruins also will have to handle opposing players who are better prepared for the playoff intensity than they were before the series. Thirteen Maple Leafs players have made their postseason debuts this year - 10 in the first game.
Boston's playoff experience - 17 current Bruins were on the team that won the Stanley Cup two years ago - is no longer as big an advantage.
In Game 2, Toronto forwards Matt Fratin and Ryan Hamilton and defenseman Jake Gardiner saw their first postseason action. Each had an assist.
"It's a great sign when they step in and make a contribution. It's worthwhile because it's not a lot of fun when you're not playing for extended periods of time," Carlyle said. "All three players were young players, youthful, and added some enthusiasm to our hockey club."
So did players Carlyle has come to rely on, forwards whose scoring ability is critical to any success the Maple Leafs have.
Joffrey Lupul scored twice Saturday after getting 11 goals in just 16 regular-season games. Phil Kessel scored on a breakaway after leading the team with 20 goals. And James van Riemsdyk scored after tying for second on the team with 18 goals.
"You want your best players to be your best and lead, but it takes every guy in the playoffs," Lupul said, "from defense blocking shots and getting pucks out and playing physical in front of our net to forwards.
"You can't win playoff hockey games with just three, four guys going. It's going to take a team effort."
The Bruins had that in the opener.
They were the more physical team and continually stymied Toronto's efforts to get the puck out of its zone. They were more aggressive around the net and forced numerous turnovers.
But in the second game, the Maple Leafs set the tone early, delivering 22 hits in the first period while the Bruins dished out only 10.
"Probably the biggest challenge for our hockey club was finding that consistency in our game" in the past month, Boston left wing Milan Lucic said. "And there's no better time to find it than now."
The return of Andrew Ference should help, although no one blamed the loss on his absence.
The defenseman who plays in Boston's second pairing was suspended for Saturday's game for elbowing Mikhail Grabovski in the head in Game 1.
"We had different partners as the year went on," defenseman Johnny Boychuk said. "We do have chemistry with each other no matter who you're playing with. You've just got to talk a lot and talk loud and be the eyes for your partner when he's going back for the puck."
No one was back far enough when Kessel got behind the defense and took a pass from Nazem Kadri. The former Bruin who has been jeered on his visits to Boston since he was traded to Toronto in September 2009 shot the puck between Tuukka Rask's pads for a 3-1 lead 53 seconds into the third period.
It was just his fourth goal in 24 career games against Boston and only the first at even strength.
"It was nice to get one," Kessel said, "but we've just got to keep going."
|Last Updated: 11/27/2014 1:14:53 PM EST|