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Discuss: Maple Leafs beat Bruins, avoid elimination

May 10, 2013, 9:49 PM EDT

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The Toronto Maple Leafs held on through a stressful third period to beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 in Game 5 on Friday, pushing the series to Game 6. Let’s discuss the game.

  • James Reimer was lights-out in Game 5, stopping 43 out of 44 shots. Did he manage to prove himself in this contest, even if the Leafs end up being eliminated?
  • Of additional note: the Bruins dominated possession in the third period, firing 19 shots on goal to Toronto’s four. Is Randy Carlyle lucky that the decision to protect what was a 2-0 lead through the final frame.
  • Tyler Seguin keeps firing shots on goal and making plays but remains snake-bitten. Can he fight through the frustration and become a bigger factor in this series? Will Jaromir Jagr have a little more luck himself?
  • The series shifts back to Toronto for Game 6. Can the Leafs push this to a full seven games?
  • On a similar note, what kind of chances do you give the Maple Leafs to advance to the semifinals?
  • Some believe that Wade Redden‘s absence factored into Tyler Bozak‘s 1-0 shorthanded goal. How much do the Bruins miss the recently added veteran?
  • Any worries about Tuukka Rask, a goalie who saw a 3-0 series lead (in 2010) dissolve?
  1. mz1394 - May 10, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    When did the bruins take a 3-0 series lead in this series?!

    • scottybcboy - May 10, 2013 at 9:58 PM

      That is a reference to the last series Rask was the starter in….20120 vs the Flyers.

      • scottybcboy - May 10, 2013 at 9:59 PM

        2010, obviously I am not a time traveller

      • 19to77 - May 10, 2013 at 10:04 PM

        Wow. And here I thought the lengths Selanne and Jagr have kept playing were impressive. Rask’s managed to remain a starter for over 18,000 years.

  2. hockeywithdrawal - May 10, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Wait, Boston never led 3 games to 0…did I read that Rask part wrong?

  3. scottybcboy - May 10, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Great game to watch, but neither team played all that well, aside from Rask and Reimer.
    The B’s will regroup and smoke them on the road in game 6. They are far deeper, experienced and disciplined.

  4. 19to77 - May 10, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Uh, James, the series was never a 3-0 Boston lead. Toronto won game two and Boston beat them twice at home to grab a 3-1 lead on Wednesday.

    • 8man - May 10, 2013 at 10:16 PM

      We Bruins fans refused to acknowledge any disappointments prior the Spokes raising the cup. Disappointed they didn’t close it out tonight. It would have been huge to stay home and wait for the next opponent. Leafs showed heart and grit. Great O6 drama.

    • hawkeedawg - May 11, 2013 at 4:04 AM

      Read the Post, it does not say the B’s led 3-0 this year, it says 2010

      • 19to77 - May 11, 2013 at 11:32 AM

        After editing, yes. There’s a reason why three of us posted about it. You must be new here if you don’t know how many corrections the users have to point out.

  5. 8man - May 10, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Meanwhile…the Sens watch, wait and rest. Most dangerous team in the Eastern Conference.

  6. whammy71 - May 10, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Doesn’t matter ladies! Yinz are all playing for 2nd place in the East. Enjoy your success…’ll be short lived! WHAMMY!!!

    • hawkeedawg - May 11, 2013 at 4:05 AM

      Looks like you are full of it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All thumbs down. Good post

    • 8man - May 11, 2013 at 8:29 AM

      You were unsurprisingly quiet when NY tied the series. And aren’t you referring to your Pens. If they survive the Isles they get the Senators. Yeah. Good luck with that goofball.

      • whammy71 - May 11, 2013 at 9:21 AM

        Sens will be a walk in the park! And I even posted that the Islander series would be a struggle, given their speed and past PO history with the Pens. Pens are advancing tonight. Everything is unfolding just the way I expected.

        Some say I am cocky. I’m just mixing faith with expectations…and throwing down reality.

      • 8man - May 11, 2013 at 11:24 PM

        Well you’ve got your wish. You better put on your O face. The Senators will be anything but a walk. And they have some unfinished business with Matt Cooke and the Pens. Enjoy.

  7. tdrusher225 - May 10, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Seguin breaks through Sunday night, gets the game-winner. I’m not great on predictions, so this’ll probably blow up in my face. I just got a hunch.

  8. sabatimus - May 11, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    This game is further proof that you need to play a full 60. Bruins weren’t good in the first period. Aside from a terrible screwup by Ference leading directly to a SH goal, the Bruins were much better in the 2nd. They were outstanding in the 3rd, but they simply couldn’t get the puck past Reimer no matter what they did.

  9. blackhawkslove - May 11, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    Sens are the Kings of this year. The little team that no one thought would do anything with how banged up they are; easily the most dangerous team out there. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them get to the conference finals. Also Reimer is a beast, now if he could get some defense in front of him.

    • 8man - May 11, 2013 at 11:27 PM

      I think the Sens are gonna beat the pens. I really do. They just have that look.

  10. gallyhatch - May 11, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    It feels a little early to be anointing the Sens as a Cinderella story, it’s still the first round.

    Bruins missed a golden opportunity to get some rest, but that’s the Bs this year…. Very frustrating to watch, they’ve only played a full 60 a handful of times this season. I think the b’s advance, but get knocked out 2nd round.

    • 19to77 - May 11, 2013 at 11:34 AM

      Yeah. The Leafs are one of the weakest teams in the playoffs this year – no offense Leafs fans, the team’s gonna get better – and the Bruins are still struggling with them. If not for Phaneuf’s awful pinch hit attempt in the fourth game, this series could have been 3-2 Leafs heading back to Toronto. Bruins aren’t going far playing like this.

  11. furiouslytim - May 11, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Reimer’s body language in Game 5 was awesome. Just dialed in. Best he’s played all series. Leafs are still struggling on power play and Bozak is getting murdered in the circle. But they’re playing at a great gear and pressing constantly by getting the puck to Raask. This is a great series. Leafs are less talented with more punch, and Bruins arent playing with a sense of urgency.

    Why no love for Liles? He played well and Gardiner needs to be running the power play!

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