NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Boston|
(Saturday, May 4th)
Final Score: Toronto 4, Boston 2
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Former Bruin Phil Kessel and birthday boy James
van Riemsdyk each scored in the third period, as the Toronto Maple Leafs
evened their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against Boston with a 4-2
victory in Game 2 at TD Garden.
Joffrey Lupul supplied two second-period goals for the Maple Leafs, who were
thoroughly dominated in a 4-1 loss to the Bruins on Wednesday. James Reimer,
like the rest of his Toronto teammates, rebounded with a 39-save effort to
earn his first career postseason win.
"The tempo of the game was a lot different from our standpoint. We moved the
puck more effectively, didn't turn it over. That was the biggest difference
between tonight and Wednesday," said Toronto head coach Randy Carlyle.
Nathan Horton and Johnny Boychuk had the goals for Boston, while Tuukka Rask
was beaten four times on 32 shots.
"We were prepared for those adjustments (made by Toronto), but our execution
wasn't as good tonight," said Bruins head coach Claude Julien.
The series shifts to Toronto for Games 3 and 4 Monday and Wednesday.
Kessel gave the Maple Leafs a two-goal cushion 53 seconds into the final
period. He skated down the middle of the ice on a breakaway and snapped a
wrister through the pads of Rask.
The Bruins closed to within 3-2 at the 10:35 mark. Reimer reached out with his
blocker to stop Boychuk's right-point blast, but the puck appeared to deflect
in off Toronto forward Tyler Bozak, who was engaged in a net-front battle with
Boston's Tyler Seguin.
Toronto, however, regained a two-goal advantage with 3:07 to play. Mikhail
Grabovski cut to the middle and sent a pass that an off-balanced van Riemsdyk,
who turned 24 on Saturday, was able to put in past the outstretched right pad
of Rask and the post.
The Bruins opened the second period with a surge, leading to the game's first
Toronto defenseman Cody Franson turned the puck over in the Boston zone as he
was unable to get it deep. Horton launched a counter rush into the Toronto end
and dropped a pass to Milan Lucic before driving to the crease. Reimer turned
away Lucic's bid from the top of the left circle, but the rebound wound up
going in off Horton's right skate at 1:56. The goal stood after replay
determined a kicking motion wasn't used to propel the puck across the goal
Not long after Horton's goal, Boston captain Zdeno Chara tripped Ryan Hamilton
behind the Boston net.
The Maple Leafs converted on the ensuing power play after Rask stopped a Jake
Gardiner shot tipped by Lupul. Lupul gathered the rebound and tied the game
with a shot from the slot at 5:18.
Toronto's Nikolai Kulemin rang a backhander off the post just past the midway
point of the frame, but Lupul didn't miss a short time later.
Matt Frattin darted nearly the length of the ice with the puck before pushing
it into the middle from the right wing. Lupul knocked down the pass and roofed
a backhander as Rask dived across in vain at 11:56.
One of the best chances in a scoreless first period belonged to Boston's
Gregory Campbell. Off a Maple Leafs giveaway, Campbell let go a shot that
trickled behind Reimer, but the Toronto goalie reached behind and covered the
puck in the crease.
Toronto registered its first playoff win since taking Game 4 of a semifinal
series against the Philadelphia Flyers on April 30, 2004 ... The Maple Leafs
snapped a six-game losing streak in Boston, a slide that includes the series
opener ... The Bruins were without defenseman Andrew Ference, who was
suspended one game for an illegal check to the head of Grabovski on Wednesday.
No penalty was assessed on the play.
05/05 00:01:21 ET