March 26, 2013

Postgame Breakdown: B's rebound, beat Leafs in shootout

By Jesse Connolly

James Reimer guessed very, very wrong on Patrice Bergeron's shootout attempt. (Getty Images)

Final: Boston 3, Toronto 2 (SO)

Recap: The Leafs opened the scoring in the second period with a power-play goal from Joffrey Lupul, who buried a feed from Jake Gardiner with Aaron Johnson in the box for interference. Mikhail Grabovski made it a two-goal edge when he left Johnson and Andy Ference in his dust before beating Tuukka Rask on a breakaway.

Boston cut the lead to one when Milan Lucic carried the puck over the blue line, past Toronto's defense and tucked a shot past James Reimer for his first goal in a month. Patrice Bergeron tied things up with 9:24 left in regulation. 

In the shootout, Bergeron struck again after Tyler Seguin and Tyler Bozak tallied in the opening round. Rask thwarted Nazem Kadri and Nik Kulemin to secure the victory.

Records: Boston 21-7-3, 45 points; Toronto 17-12-4, 38 points

Key Play of the Game: Did you see the game-winning goal? I guess that's what Dion Phaneuf considers playing defense. The Leafs captain half-heartedly waved his stick at Bergeron, giving No. 37 time to set up and shoot the puck past Reimer for the clutch tally.

Connolly's Commendations: Good on Rask for bouncing back from the 2-0 deficit after this game was billed as being so important for him, following two games of backup duty.

Dan Paille capitalized on the shaking-up of the lines, putting a game-high five shots on net as Bergeron's left winger.

We'll give Lucic a full-fledged applause when he produces on a ocnsistent basis. We thought he'd busted out of his slump when he notched three assists against the Caps. He has to build off this.

Connolly's Critiques: The changing of the lines didn't help out Nathan Horton, who had zero shots in over 17 minutes of ice time. Seguin also didn't put a puck on net. 

Notes: Dougie Hamilton assisted on Bergeron's goal, ending a ten-game point drought. He also had a game-high four hits.

Next: The B's will host the Canadiens on Wednesday with first place in the Northeast on the line.

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