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Thursday, 09 May 2013 02:46

Krejci lifts Bruins, Boston takes 3-1 stranglehold on Series

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In 2011, when the Boston Bruins went on their magical run towards hoisting Lord Stanley’s cup for the first time since 1972, the majority of the attention was focused on Conn Smythe winner Tim Thomas, and for good reason. Flying under the radar was number one center David Krejci, who only led the entire league in playoff scoring with 23 points. With his three-goal performance tonight, including the overtime-game winner, #46 once again finds himself atop the scoring leaderboard for the 2013 playoffs with 10 points in four games.

In a game the home team had to have, the Maple Leafs set the tone early grabbing a 2-0 lead in the first despite being outshot by the B’s. They seemed to be in good position to lock things down and cruise to the win, knotting the series back up at two games apiece. Boston did not wait long to get themselves back in the game, cutting the Leafs’ lead in half just seconds into the middle stanza. The second period would see a total of four goals, ending with the two teams tied at 3-3, and that was how regulation would end.

Toronto dominated much of the overtime period, but Tuukka Rask continued his strong post-season play making a handful of ridiculous saves to keep his team alive before Krejci beat Reimer with a wrist shot on a two-on-one rush to end things in favor of the visitors. Rask was outstanding for the second straight game, making 45 saves in the win. Patrice Bergeron had a really solid game as well, scoring the B’s first goal of the game and killing off a critical two-man advantage in the second period. The Bruins also got uncharacteristic production out of their powerplay, scoring twice with the man-advantage and creating a number of good scoring chances.

In the end, it was a game the home team had to have. They pushed the Bruins to the brink and threw just about everything they had at Boston, but came up short. The series now shifts back to Boston, with the B’s holding a 3-1 lead and presented with a chance to close things out on home ice Friday night.