|Eastern Conference Quarterfinals - Best of 7 - Game 4 - BOS Leads 2-1|
|25||BOSTON||-135||Ov 5,-140||-135||Ov 5,-145|
|26||TORONTO||+115||Un 5,+120||+115||Un 5,+125|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||13-12-0||-2.6||13-12||-2.6||9-12||2.6||30.9||2.4||28.6|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-3.2||2-3||-3.2||3-0||3.0||37.8||2.8||31.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||51||142||45||51||41||5||12||1676||8.5%||131||19||14.5%||237|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||25||65||23||21||20||1||6||772||8.4%||61||10||16.4%||104|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||15||4||8||3||0||1||189||7.9%||13||2||15.4%||25|
|Team Stats (Playoffs)||3||11||3||6||2||0||1||119||9.2%||9||1||11.1%||18|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||21||57||11||26||17||3||5||748||7.6%||53||5||9.4%||94|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||116||29||39||42||6||8||1473||7.9%||174||25||14.4%||189|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||60||16||20||21||3||3||714||8.4%||80||11||13.7%||98|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||14||2||4||7||1||1||158||8.9%||19||7||36.8%||26|
|Stats Against (Playoffs)|| ||7||1||3||3||0||0||99||7.1%||12||4||33.3%||12|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||52||12||17||21||2||4||591||8.8%||71||13||18.3%||91|
|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)||39||37||1079||1002||92.9%||4||21-16||-2.8||21-16-0||-2||13-20|
|TUUKKA RASK (Road Games)||18||16||483||448||92.8%||0||8-8||-2.4||8-8-0||-3||5-8|
|TUUKKA RASK (vs. Division)||14||13||366||333||91.0%||0||7-6||-3.2||7-6-0||-4||6-5|
|TUUKKA RASK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||120||110||91.7%||0||2-2||-1.9||2-2-0||-2||3-0|
|TUUKKA RASK (Playoff Games)||3||3||99||92||92.9%||0||2-1||0||2-1-0||0||2-0|
|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)||13-12-0||-0.8||13-12||-0.8||13-10||3.0||28.8||3.0||33.6|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-0.4||2-3||-0.4||2-2||2.4||26.6||3.0||36.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||51||152||47||53||50||2||5||1363||11.2%||179||35||19.6%||259|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||25||76||26||22||28||0||4||719||10.6%||93||18||19.4%||133|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||12||4||5||3||0||0||133||9.0%||20||5||25.0%||21|
|Team Stats (Playoffs)||3||7||1||3||3||0||0||99||7.1%||12||4||33.3%||12|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||21||60||19||21||19||1||1||566||10.6%||79||20||25.3%||103|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||144||31||55||53||5||12||1668||8.6%||166||20||12.0%||236|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||75||19||26||28||2||6||839||8.9%||76||7||9.2%||117|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||15||4||8||3||0||1||181||8.3%||18||1||5.6%||25|
|Stats Against (Playoffs)|| ||11||3||6||2||0||1||119||9.2%||9||1||11.1%||18|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||51||13||19||17||2||4||717||7.1%||62||5||8.1%||83|
|JAMES REIMER (All Games)||36||34||1113||1027||92.3%||1||20-14||+7.9||20-14-0||+8||19-10|
|JAMES REIMER (Home Games)||19||17||551||504||91.5%||1||10-7||+2.1||10-7-0||+2||10-5|
|JAMES REIMER (vs. Division)||14||14||503||471||93.6%||0||8-6||+3.9||8-6-0||+4||7-4|
|JAMES REIMER (Last 4 Games)||4||4||141||127||90.1%||0||1-3||-1.4||1-3-0||-1||2-1|
|JAMES REIMER (Playoff Games)||3||3||118||108||91.5%||0||1-2||-0.2||1-2-0||0||2-0|
|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 3.06, TORONTO 3.11|
|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||5-2||W||0, -135||W||5 ov||O|
|5/8/2013||at TORONTO|| |
|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|
|5/6/2013||BOSTON||2-5||L||0, +115||L||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) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(With AP Photos.)
*Bruins-Maple Leafs Preview* ============================
Boston At Toronto, Game Four, 7:00 p.m. EDT
TORONTO (AP) -- The day after a punishing playoff game that featured 99 hits, burly Maple Leafs defenseman Mark Fraser was feeling it.
Not that he was complaining. Still it had to hurt a little more, given that Boston won Monday night's game 5-2 to regain the upper hand in the series. The Bruins lead 2-1 going into Game 4 Wednesday night.
Despite the pain, the 26-year-old Fraser was in a good mood at Tuesday's skate.
"Sometimes you might feel a bump or a bruise and you're not even sure how you got it," the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder said after practice.
After a night when Boston outhit Toronto 51-49, Fraser was asked if he leapt out of bed Tuesday to head to the rink.
"Actually, today I did," he said with a grin. "A big part of that has been the significant change of the weather, the sunshine."
For Toronto coach Randy Carlyle, the summer-like day was a welcome reminder to his players that all is not lost, despite a second defeat in three games in their first playoff experience since 2004.
"I used to say everybody's in doom and gloom, but the sun did come up today," the coach said. "It was sunny out there.
"That would be the way we'd want to flush things and turn the page on it. Today's a new day. Let's start. Let's build. Let's focus. All those things are things that we try to provide."
Carlyle and his coaching staff got a helping hand Tuesday when the clocks in the dressing room malfunctioned. They were six minutes off, meaning a group of Leafs arrived on the ice late for practice. They were greeted with some good-natured derision from teammates who made it on time.
"You can't change what happened and that can't really be your focus on what today brought," Carlyle said. "Today was about flushing what happened last night, recognizing what happened and then going into the preparation mode of tomorrow.
"Our focus has to be on what we can improve on for tomorrow night's game. Can we improve on our turnovers? Can we improve on the out-and-out turnovers that led to their goals? Can we improve on our execution with the puck?
"Those are all the little things that we have to focus on and that's part of the process versus the result. Any mental coach will tell you that you can't labor on the result being the ultimate. It's the process that you have to live in your mind that helps you get ready for it."
Carlyle has managed to keep his team poised off the ice in the midst of a playoff-starved, hockey-mad city. On the ice, he is bidding to mold a squad woefully short on playoff experience - and one facing a playoff-savvy Bruins team that won the Stanley Cup two years ago.
In the wake of a loss in which the Leafs were punished for mistakes, Carlyle looked to the positives as he tried to rebuild his team's confidence.
"What did we do well? That's what we're trying to pick out," Carlyle said. "We're trying to focus on the things that we did well that gave us a chance in the hockey game."
Carlyle's morning message to his squad was repeated by his players later in the day.
"For the most part we played a pretty good game," said winger Joffrey Lupul, an influential voice in the locker room. "We created a lot of chances. We definitely worked hard.
"We've just got to eliminate some of those mistakes."
That includes losing faceoffs; Carlyle even wondered why his centers kept getting thrown out of the faceoff circles Monday night.
Boston coach Claude Julien, whose team excels at faceoffs, knew exactly what Carlyle was doing.
"When you lobby for something, it's because you're looking for a bit of a break next game," he said. "And that's what Randy is doing right now.
"It's going to be interesting to see whether the referees and the linesmen just do their job next game and not worry about who's crying wolf."
Boston's Patrice Bergeron led the league in faceoff wins during the regular season, 62.1 percent. David Krejci ranked 15th.
One person Carlyle doesn't have to convince of the Leafs' abilities as a team is Julien.
"We know that we're in for a dogfight and the next game's going to be a challenge," Julien said. "They know they can play with us and they've proven it."
|Last Updated: 12/21/2014 3:26:04 PM EST|