|Eastern Conference Quarterfinals - Best of 7 - Game 6 - BOS Leads 3-2|
|73||BOSTON||-135||Ov 5,-135||-135||Ov 5,-135|
|74||TORONTO||+115||Un 5,+115||+115||Un 5,+115|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||14-12-0||-1.6||14-12||-1.6||10-12||2.7||31.4||2.4||29.3|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||-1.2||3-2||-1.2||3-1||3.2||41.6||2.4||36.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||53||147||45||54||42||6||12||1765||8.3%||138||21||15.2%||247|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||26||69||23||24||20||2||6||817||8.4%||66||12||18.2%||112|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||16||3||9||3||1||1||208||7.7%||16||3||18.7%||28|
|Team Stats (Playoffs)||5||16||3||9||3||1||1||208||7.7%||16||3||18.7%||28|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||23||62||11||29||18||4||5||837||7.4%||60||7||11.7%||104|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||121||31||41||43||6||8||1554||7.8%||179||25||14.0%||195|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||63||18||21||21||3||3||762||8.3%||84||11||13.1%||104|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||12||3||5||4||0||0||180||6.7%||17||4||23.5%||18|
|Stats Against (Playoffs)|| ||12||3||5||4||0||0||180||6.7%||17||4||23.5%||18|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||57||14||19||22||2||4||672||8.5%||76||13||17.1%||97|
|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)||41||39||1160||1078||92.9%||4||22-17||-4||22-17-0||-3||14-21|
|TUUKKA RASK (Road Games)||19||17||531||493||92.8%||0||9-8||-1.5||9-8-0||-2||6-8|
|TUUKKA RASK (vs. Division)||16||15||447||409||91.5%||0||8-7||-4.4||8-7-0||-5||7-6|
|TUUKKA RASK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||160||149||93.1%||0||2-2||-2.2||2-2-0||-2||3-1|
|TUUKKA RASK (Playoff Games)||5||5||180||168||93.3%||0||3-2||-1.2||3-2-0||-1||3-1|
|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)||13-13-0||-1.8||13-13||-1.8||14-10||3.0||29.5||3.0||34.0|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||+0.6||2-3||+0.6||3-1||2.4||36.0||3.2||41.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||53||157||49||55||51||2||5||1444||10.9%||184||35||19.0%||265|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||26||79||28||23||28||0||4||767||10.3%||97||18||18.6%||139|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||12||3||5||4||0||0||180||6.7%||17||4||23.5%||18|
|Team Stats (Playoffs)||5||12||3||5||4||0||0||180||6.7%||17||4||23.5%||18|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||23||65||21||23||20||1||1||647||10.0%||84||20||23.8%||109|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||149||31||58||54||6||12||1757||8.5%||173||22||12.7%||246|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||79||19||29||28||3||6||884||8.9%||81||9||11.1%||125|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||16||3||9||3||1||1||208||7.7%||16||3||18.7%||28|
|Stats Against (Playoffs)|| ||16||3||9||3||1||1||208||7.7%||16||3||18.7%||28|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||56||13||22||18||3||4||806||6.9%||69||7||10.1%||93|
|JAMES REIMER (All Games)||38||36||1202||1111||92.4%||1||21-15||+8.7||21-15-0||+9||20-11|
|JAMES REIMER (Home Games)||20||18||596||545||91.4%||1||10-8||+1.1||10-8-0||+1||11-5|
|JAMES REIMER (vs. Division)||16||16||592||555||93.7%||0||9-7||+4.7||9-7-0||+5||8-5|
|JAMES REIMER (Last 4 Games)||4||4||167||156||93.4%||0||2-2||+1.6||2-2-0||+2||3-1|
|JAMES REIMER (Playoff Games)||5||5||207||192||92.8%||0||2-3||+0.6||2-3-0||+1||3-1|
|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 3.07, TORONTO 3.1|
|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||4-3||W||0, -130||W||5 ov||O|
|5/10/2013||TORONTO||1-2||L||0, -215||L||5.5 un||U|
|5/12/2013||at TORONTO|| |
|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|
|5/8/2013||BOSTON||3-4||L||0, +110||L||5 ov||O|
|5/10/2013||at BOSTON||2-1||W||0, +180||W||5.5 un||U|
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 AP Photos.)
*Bruins-Maple Leafs Preview* ============================
By JIMMY GOLEN AP Sports Writer
Boston At Toronto, Game Six, 7:30 p.m. EDT
BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Bruins don't need to be reminded what can happen when a team fails to put away an opponent.
The franchise that blew a 3-0 lead in the 2010 Eastern Conference semifinals is holding a 3-2 lead in the first round of the playoffs against the Maple Leafs. Boston was up three games to one before Toronto won 2-1 in Game 5 on Friday night.
"The one thing that has been a challenge for us in the past has been closing out series," coach Claude Julien after practice on Saturday. "And we know that; we're aware of that. But at the same time, the strength of our team has also been to bounce back from adversity and situations like that.
"As much as yesterday was proof of it, hopefully tomorrow's the proof of the other side that we are capable of bouncing back and playing the type of game we need to to close the series off."
The teams will meet again on Sunday night in Toronto, where Boston won Games 3 and 4 to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. The Bruins have not lost on the Leafs' home ice in the playoffs since 1959.
"It doesn't give you a sense of confidence," Bruins forward Shawn Thornton said, "but you're not as afraid to go into that building."
Tyler Bozak scored a shorthanded goal, Clarke MacArthur also scored and James Reimer stopped 43 shots on Friday night as Toronto withstood a late and furious challenge in the second and third periods to avoid elimination.
"We're still kicking," Toronto defenseman Cody Franson said. "We didn't get the results we were looking for back home in the last two, but it wasn't from lack of trying."
The Maple Leafs opened a 2-0 lead and held on as Boston outshot them 32-8 for the latter part of the second period and all of the third.
Zdeno Chara scored for Boston to cut the deficit to 2-1 with 8:48 left. The Leafs killed off a delay-of-game penalty in the last four minutes and then protected the lead when the Bruins pulled Tuukka Rask for an extra attacker with 1:11 left.
"We came in with the mindset to just get it back to Toronto to give ourselves a chance. We've done that," MacArthur said. "We want to keep going. We've worked hard all year and I can see it starting to pay off."
The Bruins are 4-8 in games with the potential to eliminate an opponent since 2010, including the four straight losses to Philadelphia in the second round that year. In all, the Bruins are 15-2 in series after going up three games to one.
And, a year after blowing the three-game lead against Philadelphia, the Bruins won the Stanley Cup
"Since I've been here, it's never been easy, right?" Bruins forward Milan Lucic said. "Once again, we're not making it easy on ourselves. So let's hope we can make it easy by winning Game 6 and not having to go to Game 7."
Boston could get a boost from the return of Wade Redden, who missed Game 5 with an undisclosed injury. He was back at practice on Saturday, though Julien said he remained day to day.
|Last Updated: 12/21/2014 7:12:44 PM EST|