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Discuss: Boston silences Toronto crowd, wins Game 3 5-2

May 6, 2013, 9:58 PM EDT

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What started off as a gigantic playoff celebration in Toronto turned into a pretty glum affair as the Bruins took the steam out of the Air Canada Centre crowd en route to a 5-2 victory in Game 3.

Boston now takes a 2-1 lead in the series and steals back the momentum the Leafs had after their big win in Game 2. The B’s line of Milan LucicDavid KrejciNathan Horton had a monster game. Krejci had a goal and two assists, Horton a goal and an assist and Lucic tallied three helpers of his own.

Jake Gardiner and Phil Kessel had a goal each for Toronto in a losing cause that saw the Bruins outwork them all game. Tuukka Rask was pretty fantastic for Boston stopping a career-high 45 of a Maple Leafs season-high 47 shots.

Some talking points to digest:

— Toronto is still waiting nine years for a playoff win at home. That came on April 30, 2004 against Philadelphia.

— Know who wasn’t good for the Leafs? Ryan O’Byrne. Also bad? Tyler Bozak.

— It wasn’t all pretty for Kessel as he had a brutal turnover on the power play that led to a Daniel Paille shorthanded goal.

Rich Peverley stepped up with a goal for Boston and their third line looked great. The Jaromir Jagr effect is really paying off there.

— Upside for Toronto: James van Riemsdyk looked great again, as did his line with Nikolai Kulemin.

— Toronto coach Randy Carlyle continues to frustrate Leafs fans with his lineup choices and moves. Do they really need Colton Orr to play in games like this? At least Jake Gardiner is playing, right?

  1. JoeAvg - May 6, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    The Toronto Strong sign was totally classless.

    • teaspoon1731 - May 7, 2013 at 12:53 AM

      You know that guy was sitting at home thinking it was totally clever too. Part of me wants to give him the benefit of the doubt, that maybe he thought “Boston Strong” has to do with the Bruins and not the tragedy. (Cus some people do live under rocks and all). But most of me just wants to punch him in the face, and I’m a Rangers fan.

      • sabatimus - May 7, 2013 at 9:41 AM

        I didn’t see it. As a B’s fan I wonder what I would’ve felt. Probably the same as you.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 7, 2013 at 5:01 AM

      Leafs fan here, unfortunately I’m out of the country and didn’t even get to see this game. But if I was at the game and saw a guy with that sign I would’ve personally torn it out of his hands.

      This game was on national TV in two countries and that’s how he chose to represent Leafs fans? Pathetic. Please don’t judge us all by that clown’s actions.

      • gallyhatch - May 7, 2013 at 6:02 AM

        Don’t worry, there are idiots in every fanbase, Boston’s not exempt either.

      • JoeAvg - May 7, 2013 at 9:29 AM

        I don’t. We have our fair share of morons here too.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 7, 2013 at 10:29 AM

        Yeah that’s the truth, but it’s still always annoying when they make their presence known.

  2. nosefacekillah - May 6, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Fan support in Toronto is unbelievable. The party at Maple Leaf Square was crazy. I hope Toronto enters a long stretch of relevance. The city deserves it.

    • jeff2000m - May 6, 2013 at 11:02 PM

      U are a retard….toronto has NOTHING else going on so the leafs are the next best thing. Move to boston u homer and u will see and FEEL the true meaning of a BOSTON STRONG sign/logo. U guys will be crushed. Big mistake on behalf of u toronto fans coming up with signs like that…u guys just poked the bear, good luck!

      • nunan - May 6, 2013 at 11:04 PM

        What the hell are you talking about?

      • dumbassgreg - May 6, 2013 at 11:10 PM

        retard . see you are person of high moral character. can imagine you ca ll black people,women and gay people similar names

      • govtminion - May 6, 2013 at 11:11 PM

        Er… he didn’t say anything about that. Did you take your meds today?

      • dumbassgreg - May 6, 2013 at 11:15 PM

        guess my computer is off i clearly see the word retard

      • drewzducks - May 6, 2013 at 11:19 PM

        I think he meant to say dumb ass.

      • hockeyflow33 - May 7, 2013 at 12:46 AM

        Have you ever been to Toronto? There’s so much to do there. It’s pretty much impossible to go there and not have a great time.

      • teaspoon1731 - May 7, 2013 at 12:51 AM

        I’m pretty sure this rant has to do with the “Toronto Stronger” sign in the crowd. Bit of an emotional response, perhaps a bit over the top, but it’s playoff hockey and that tragedy is still a fresh wound, so I’ll allow for a bit of a ridiculous response even if that person has obviously never been to Toronto.

      • dumbassgreg - May 7, 2013 at 1:02 AM

        using the word retard in my experience is clue too person’s lack of a moral code. you re picking on weakest people who in most cases can’t defend themselves. at least if call others names they can kick your loser ass.

      • sunderlanding - May 7, 2013 at 4:49 AM

        No it’s always like that for the Leafs. Last year the NHL made 250 million in profit, and 150 million of it came from the Leafs. They have the best fans in the world. Sure the team has been bad, but it’s nice to see them turning things around. I’m sure Boston will most likely win the series, but Toronto is on the way up and it’s exciting for Toronto fans.

      • nosefacekillah - May 7, 2013 at 7:11 AM

        I am in Boston.

  3. phillyphanatic77 - May 6, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    I’ve heard that Jake Gardiner can be a defensive liability at times, but idk how you only play the kid a handful of times during the season. He’s got impressive offensive potential. He looks like a talented sniper when he’s handling the puck. And he was scratched in favor of who all season? Mike Kostka?

    • dumbassgreg - May 6, 2013 at 11:20 PM

      he has no clue in his own end. anaheim happily traded him. they hated losing justin schultz he has skills

      • sunderlanding - May 7, 2013 at 4:42 AM

        This comming from the guy who bases peoples moral code on words they use. People are defined by their actions not their words, or didn’t you get that far in shcool?

      • phillyphanatic77 - May 7, 2013 at 11:27 AM

        Erik Karlsson isn’t very good in his own zone, and I’d say he’s had a pretty impressive career. I’m not saying Gardiner is Karlsson, but from watching him a little bit there’s no doubt he has exceptional offensive ability. Plus he’s what? 21? It takes defenders a long time to grasp defensive zone play. And Justin Schultz isn’t good in his own zone either.

  4. nunan - May 6, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    With the third line finally having the players it should have, they are what COULD finally solidify things for the Bs. The Bruins have been so good in the past bc of their ability to play 4 lines. The majority of this year though, that 3rd line has been all over the place – Bourque, Soderberg, Caron, etc. Completely ineffective. No consistency. Now, they’ve essentially put the band back together with Peverley and Kelly and then added Jagr. Peverley led them in scoring last year in the first round. He is dangerous when on his game and he was great tonight. Hopefully, as this line-up gets more and more games in, they’ll continue to get better and better. The only line that wasn’t going tonight was the Bergeron line. Once they come around, things get real.

    • sabatimus - May 7, 2013 at 9:46 AM

      In this game, I had more of a problem with about 6-8 minutes of the 3rd PERIOD than the 3rd line: the B’s were zone-defensing it and simply could not get out and even think about getting the puck into the offensive zone. Granted, this was at least partly due to the Leafs’ hot press, but it was a 5 on 5, and I think they should’ve played the man and skated more in their own end. Instead, with that zone defense, they were hemmed in. I started thinking that their two-goal lead was completely unsafe.

  5. malkinrulez - May 6, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Jake Gardiner is a great young defensemen, it’s a shame the way he is being treated in Toronto. Look how they treated Kadri, need I say more.

    • dumbassgreg - May 6, 2013 at 11:30 PM

      kadri was not ready for nhl at 18. gardiner was not ready last year. he cost his team more goals then created. ron wilson the coaching genius. jJust asked him. he will tell you he created hockey lmao.. if you live in canada you get to see lots of toronto games cbc and tsn. jake gardiner is hype

      • andrewsabourin13 - May 7, 2013 at 10:29 AM

        Gardiner had 30 points, was only -2, and made the all rookie team, doesn’t seem like hype to me, sounds like skill. And as for this year, 31 points in 43 games in… THE HYPE IS ALL REAL GREGORY

  6. tdrusher225 - May 6, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Great game by the Bruins. Now it’s time to see if they can step on an opponent’s throat when they have the chance. Based on this season, I’m not sure they can. So I’m expecting the Leafs to bounce back. And it looks like this series may go all the way. Buckle up.

  7. ryanw822 - May 6, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    Is it impossible for Reimer to catch the puck without dropping it?

  8. pastabelly - May 6, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Rask was the difference and barely mentioned in this game story.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 7, 2013 at 12:48 AM

      Ehhhh not sure if that’s accurate.

      • 19to77 - May 7, 2013 at 1:09 AM

        I mean, Joe DID mention his career-high 45 saves. Maybe he deserved more attention, but there were a lot of things wrong with the Leafs’ game and right with Boston’s second line that also deserved attention.

    • tlndma - May 7, 2013 at 6:56 AM

      100% corect, Rask was Awesome last night.

      • sabatimus - May 7, 2013 at 9:48 AM

        If Rask doesn’t stand on his head in the 3rd period when the Bruins were hemmed in their own zone for minutes on end, that lead evaporates.

  9. dolanster - May 6, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    This Bruins’ fan is impressed with JVR. That guy is a find. I thought both teams played good games, neither great. Rask was sharper and it mattered. Phaneuf’s hockey IQ is probably about equal to his real IQ — by which I mean single digits. The Horton goal was a crusher. Game 4 will be rocking. Good luck Leafs!

    • 19to77 - May 7, 2013 at 1:10 AM

      Agreed. Great deal, him for Luke Schenn. Never would have believed they’d get a gem like that for Schenn after his work in Toronto.

    • nosefacekillah - May 7, 2013 at 7:19 AM

      Phaneuf is an enigma. One shift he plays like a top 10 d-man in the NHL. Great positioning, great ability to read the play, great physical play. The next shift he seems lost, out of positions and a turnover machine. He makes too many mistakes to be a captain.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 7, 2013 at 7:36 AM

        I’m tempted to agree, but Dion is a guy who leads by example. He just goes about his business and plays the game hard. He’s accountable, doesn’t get down on his teammates or make excuses. I hate the cliche “he plays the game the right way” but I think he does, and that’s a good type of leader for a young team to have.

    • sabatimus - May 7, 2013 at 9:49 AM

      I was especially impressed when JVR stumbled and accidentally slashed his own teammate (Bozak, I think), who then got mad and thought that a Bruin slashed him.

  10. jaymophoto - May 6, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    I think it would help the cause if, just once in a while, a leaf player would try to gain control of a loose puck instead of standing around looking at it. Nice to see the shots up tonight though.

  11. dumbassgreg - May 6, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    thank you selane and detroit. great see their is still some real class left in nhl coaches acting 4 years old. people say everyone cheats but their their team. when is last time anyone said anyone from detroit embellishs. or they whine after game referee screwed them. guess what no cement head goon for years. they did sign tootoo but guess he can’t play so he barely does. babcock loses he says our team was out i m am not red wings fan they do have true class.

    • 19to77 - May 7, 2013 at 1:17 AM

      Oh, wow. I know you’re an idiot, but you do NOT insult Teemu Selanne. You, sir, don’t even watch hockey. He’s about the classiest man in the sport not named Martin St. Louis.

      • dumbassgreg - May 7, 2013 at 2:43 AM

        i thanked selanne he is first class in ever way. he is my favorite player playing today. he detroit red wings are rare examples of true class. no diving,no crying about referees. they lose no excuses. they say positive things about other team, agree st.louis is sadly rare person of real class also.

  12. bunglesandbears - May 7, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    Come to Toronto. Go with friends who know where what you’re looking for is at and you’ll have an great time. That said – with the exception of the gold medal game, I haven’t seen this city so fired up. Here’s hoping we can celebrate with a huge home town win Wednesday.

  13. gallyhatch - May 7, 2013 at 6:45 AM

    If you stop feeding the troll, he will go elsewhere for his attention.

    Don’t respond or even down thumb him.

    (fwiw, he’s loosley basing his ‘act’ on @the_ironsheik. . . . it’s a trend amongst people who can’t hold a conversation in a real life setting, so they turn to to baiting people into over reacting on the internet for fun. . . . it’s about as pitiful as a person can get)

    • sabatimus - May 7, 2013 at 9:51 AM

      I’m not sure he even realizes he’s a troll…

      • sabatimus - May 7, 2013 at 11:35 AM

        But other users (myself included at times) will engage him, and thereby hijack the thread. Since I doubt he’s going to be kicked….as emotional as we can all get this time of year, I respectfully echo gallyhatch’s sentiment and request that no one thumb him, respond, or even say his name, like “where is [he]? If [he] were here [he]’d be saying things like [BS x, y, and z].

  14. mgp1219 - May 7, 2013 at 12:31 PM


  15. noah81398 - May 7, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    I thought a home playoff game was great for Toronto, excluding the outcome. As a Bruins season ticket holder, I love going to all the B’s/Leafs game. A big part of that is the Leafs fans themselves. They are so knowledgable, respectful, and dedicated to the team. The Leafs are on a rise, with all of the great young talent like JVR, Bozak and Reimer. This series will definetly go to a game 7, and even if the Leafs can’t pull it off, they will definetly build off of this and make a great run at the Cup in the next few years. Keep up the great patience Leafs fans, your time is coming.

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