Thursday, 28 March 2013

Toronto @ Boston

On Monday night Boston played host to Toronto in a back to back game. TOR beat BOS 3-2 on Saturday night up in TOR. So who would come out on top in this Division Game?

1st Period

Andrew Ference with a drive through the traffic, but Jay Pandolfo, provided the screen but TOR James Reimer had to save the shot. BOS's Tuukka Rask saw his first shot from TOR six minutes into the game. BOS had two registered shots on goal. Rask had his first challenged of the night, made repeated saves on Nikolai Kluemin in front, as the Leafs forward tried to whack his rebounds in but to no prevail. 

BOS had most of chances earlier on in the first but it became a tight-checked game with not too many opportunities at either end. BOS's Daniel Paille with speed streaked down the left wing and then fired a shot off Reimer's pad. Patrice Bergeron had a chance on the rebound. TOR's Colton Orr went to the box for a boarding call, BOS headed to their first Power Play (PP) of the game with 2:41 left in the first. 

The horn sounded to end the 1st, with the game scoreless. BOS's lead 9 shots to TOR's 6.

2nd Period

With just 27 seconds of the 2nd BOS's Aaron Johnson went to the box for a interference call.  BOS with their first Penalty kill (PK) of the game. TOR took the lead with 2:04 gone in the second. Joffrey Lupul all alone at the bottom of the Left Wing circle, as Rask squared up to Jake Gardiner, who then passed the puck to Lupul. 

 Lupul celebrates his goal with a team mate

There was a nice shift by Paille, Bergeron and Tyler Seguin. 2 great chances by Paille off the wrister and near the tip off shot by Johnson. Seguin had a chance with a wrister too. 

TOR's Kulemin beat Rask's stick side on a breakaway but after Nazem Kadri fed a pass up the middle of the ice, following a block of a TOR's shot. BOS down 2-0. Not long after TOR scored their second, BOS scored to make it a 2-1 game. 

 Kulemin celebrates his goal with his team mates 2-0 TOR

BOS's Rich Peverley picked up a loose puck and fed it to Milan Lucic, who then powered in on Reimer, and put it a five-hole.

 Lucic celebrates with his team mates after his goal.

TOR's Phil Kessel broke his stick, as BOS's Dennis Seidenberg went to the box for a slashing call with 3:23 left in the 2nd. BOS's back on the PK for the 2nd time of the game.

During the BOS's PK, Paille with good speed, with a shorthanded spun and had a great chance in front of Reimer and Peverley had a chance earlier on in the PK. There was quick pace after Lucic's goal to end the 2nd. 

The horn sounded to bring the 2nd period to a close. TOR lead 2-1 going into the 3rd. 

3rd period

TOR's Lupul drew a hooking call on Bergeron just 30 seconds into the final period of the game. Another great shift by Lucic, Peverley and Jordan Caron. Peverley hacked away in front of a loose puck and then Peverley and Michael Kostka exchanged shoves after the play. 

Bergeron right on front, but Reimer held on to it and everyone jumped in to scramble, with words and then shoves were exchanged. BOS tied the game from Bergeron. 

Bergeron with a backhand in front of Reimer, and after a great feed from Dougie Hamilton. With 9:24 left in the 3rd, the game is tied 2-2. 

  Bergeron celebrates with Hamilton. 

Hamilton showed some great offensive moves down low behind the goal and then he found Bergeron at the right faceoff circle for the equalizer.There was some extracurricular activity after a whistle behind Reimer. But only Ference and Dion Phaneuf head to the box for a roughing call. With under 2:00 to go in the regulation the game is still knotted at 2-2. 

The horn sounded to bring the 3rd to a end, but with the score still tied the game will now go into Overtime (OT).


The game is now heading to the Shootout (SO). Zdeno Chara with one of BOS's best chance on a wraparound and Brad Marchand just missed a connecting after the puck went through the crease. 


Seguin was up first and scored top right corner. 

BOS won 3-2 in the Shootout. Both Bergeron and Sequin scored for BOS. 

Tonight's 3 Stars were :

1*            Bergeron
2**          Chara
3***        Paille

BOS improved to 11-2-1 on home ice and will now host the Habs on wed night. 

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