Toronto Maple Leafs: Game 3 Recap and a Look Ahead to Game 4
The first Leafs home playoff game in nine years didn't quite go as planned, as the Boston Bruins took the win by a score of 5-2.
The Leafs started off the first period well, and Reimer made some key saves to keep the game even at zero.
Tyler Seguin, who has been buzzing around the net with numerous shots through the three games, almost capitalized on a great chance before being stopped by a huge Reimer save.
A few minutes later, Adam McQuaid gave the Bruins the lead with a point shot that deflected off of a Toronto stick.
Shawn Thornton almost made it two zip when he made a nifty move and cut to the net, only to be stopped by the sprawling pad of the Leafs netminder.
The second period began with Toronto's first two shots being excellent scoring chances. Joffrey Lupul and Tyler Bozak very nearly tied up the game, but Tuukka Rask was up for the challenge and stopped them both.
Boston then upped their lead as the veteran Jaromir Jagr picked the pocket of Ryan O'Byrne behind the Leafs net and fed his open teammate Rich Peverely for the second Boston goal.
A very close call for the Bruins ensued, as Leaf captain Dion Phaneuf rang a shot hard off the post. Shortly after, the Leafs capitalized on the powerplay when Jake Gardiner fired home a shot that put Toronto on the board.
Boston came roaring back, and before anyone, on the ice or otherwise, knew what hit them, the Bruins had roofed the puck behind Reimer and maintained their lead.
It didn't end there, as a giveaway by Phil Kessel led to Daniel Paille racing in alone and sliding a slick backhand around the Leaf goalie.
Kessel made up for his giveaway by potting a goal of his own early in the third, as Rask was out of place and couldn't get to the front of the net in time.
The Buds hit their second post of the night as Cody Franson sent a hard shot off the iron. With the Leaf net empty and pressing for a goal, the Bruins got a break and scored into the empty net to close out the game.
Looking ahead to the next game, the Leafs have some changes to make. They need to pressure the Bruins on every shift right from the opening faceoff.
They need to get the puck deep and win the little battles down low and on the boards. The Leafs need to play the full game like their most recent third period.
They dominated and out-worked the Bruins and this led to numerous scoring chances.
The final note would be to get more bodies in front of Rask. He was very sharp this evening, and the more the Blue and White get in his line of vision, the better the chances they can score a goal.
Game 4 goes on Wednesday night, and the Leafs need to be prepared to play the full 60 minutes. It is a pivotal game in the series that can either tie it at two or give Boston the 3-1 stranglehold.
Expect to see a fast and physical game.
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