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Video: Leafs avoid collapse by beating Bruins in overtime

Apr 3, 2014, 10:58 PM EDT

It’s a win for the Toronto Maple Leafs. But it bordered on yet another collapse.

The Leafs avoided disaster by defeating the Boston Bruins in overtime by a final score of 4-3 to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. They get back to within a point of the Columbus Blue Jackets – victorious on the same night against the Philadelphia Flyers – for the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Leafs entered the third period with a two-goal lead, but that quickly evaporated on home ice. That’s where things got interesting – very interesting, indeed.

Jonathan Bernier left the game with an injury with the Leafs up by a goal, forcing James Reimer into action in a pressure-packed situation (recall that this happened in the middle of March against the L.A. Kings with positive results).

With Reimer into the game, the Bruins got the equalizer from Patrice Bergeron, sending the game into overtime. It very well could’ve been that the Leafs coughed up a two-goal third-period lead, then lost the second point in the extra period.

It didn’t turn out that way. Nazem Kadri‘s power play goal lifted the Leafs to victory.

The update on Bernier afterward was that he has a “lower-body” issue and will have an MRI tomorrow, according to Arash Madani of Sportsnet.

  1. nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 3, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    A double doghouse to penthouse: Early in the 3rd, Kadri is glued to the bench, near Reimer. Then Reimer is sent in cold to stop a Bruins PP and gets the win when Kadri scores in OT!! Hooked up to lots of machines and ominous looking tubes, but the patient is still alive.

  2. drewsylvania - Apr 3, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    A luckier win, the Leafs have never had.

    • thegreatmorpheos - Apr 4, 2014 at 3:25 PM

      It was only the collapsing Bruins.

      • sabatimus - Apr 4, 2014 at 3:30 PM

        You mean the phantom goalie interference leading to a goal being wiped the day before, and the fantastically bogus OT holding penalty last night right?

  3. titansbro - Apr 3, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    That penalty leading to the game winner was a joke though.

    Still not sure why the Bs aren’t resting Chara. They need like 1 point to clinch the East. Get that big oaf some down time!

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 4, 2014 at 1:42 AM

      Make-up call.

    • borderline1988 - Apr 4, 2014 at 2:50 PM

      The penalty to the Leafs a minute before overtime was even more bogus.

  4. slaugin - Apr 3, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    Yea I really hope they’re not going hard for the Prez Cup. Rest Chara and even Bergeron, he has been getting banged up lately

    • jcmeyer10 - Apr 4, 2014 at 1:23 AM

      I think they have only won it once in their storied history. Always throws me off when I look up at the banners in the TD Garden.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 4, 2014 at 1:43 AM

        Um, bear in mind that for most of the Bruins’ history there was no Presidents’ Trophy to win. It was only created for the 1986 season.

      • jcmeyer10 - Apr 4, 2014 at 9:29 AM

        Interesting. Makes more sense now.

  5. slaugin - Apr 3, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    Can teams still cut players??? Cause Caron has to go, he is brutal to watch. (Sarcasm…but not really)

    • shortsxit34 - Apr 3, 2014 at 11:56 PM

      That goal with him covering the front of the net (was it the Bozak goal?) was just terrible.

      It was like a video game–stick down on the ice right in front of him; feet not moving; gliding along the ice until he eventually runs into something…no attempt to play his man’s stick, no attempt to play the body…just kind of standing there until the ring around the other player lights up and he notices that the other team has the puck.

    • govtminion - Apr 4, 2014 at 1:42 AM

      Amen, man. That guy is something else… between the dumbass penalty against Detroit and tonight’s play on the Bozak goal, I’d rather not see him on the ice anymore. The idea of a playoff series with him out there is painful… we miss you, Seidenberg, come back soon… like, REAL soon. Please?

      • dkelley1186 - Apr 4, 2014 at 10:37 AM

        You do realize caron is a forward and seidenberg is a d-man right? Seids coming back doesn’t necessarily get caron off the ice, unless they decide to play 11 forwards and 7 defensemen and caron is still in the rotation instead of soderberg. which I doubt will be the case

      • govtminion - Apr 4, 2014 at 3:24 PM

        The B’s rolled seven defensemen in the playoffs in years past, so I wouldn’t see why they wouldn’t do it again. Sorry, you are right though, I meant to emphasize that in my post and didn’t because failure to coffee. 😉

    • sabatimus - Apr 4, 2014 at 3:34 PM

      Caron is BAD. Somebody on here said “call up Spooner” but they’d have to have Spooner play an off-position.

      But not only this, Hamilton and Bartkowski are choosing a fantastic time to ramp up the suck factor. If McQuaid were back Bartkowski would be a permanent healthy scratch.

  6. shortsxit34 - Apr 3, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    Another game decided by an atrocious call.

    This time it went against the Bruins; but, 2 minutes earlier and the Leafs would be the ones getting screwed off a horrible call.

    • titansbro - Apr 4, 2014 at 12:47 PM

      wouldn’t know. the nesn broadcast went out & didn’t come back until right as they called krug’s penalty.

      • sabatimus - Apr 4, 2014 at 3:34 PM

        Yeah I thought “this is how it must’ve been in the 50’s, listening to games on AM radio…”

  7. muckleflugga - Apr 4, 2014 at 1:44 AM

    i think reimer should be keeping his domestic wants and needs to himself …

    going in or not going in … my word is nothing sacred

  8. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Apr 4, 2014 at 3:29 AM

    The end of that game was a great example of how bad the NHL refs are.

    First, the Refs miss the Kessel high stick on Hamilton. Not sure how… Next, to make up for the missed call, they call a cheap penalty on the Leafs at the end of the game, giving Boston a PP that extends into OT. Good old referee logic is if you make a bad call, you have to make another bad call the other way to make for it. So, because Boston had a PP in OT, they had to give the Leafs a PP in OT to ‘even things out’, so they call another cheap penalty.

    So that’s THREE bad calls all because the Refs missed the original high stick. If only they could do their jobs right in the first place we could get a game called right. As a Leaf fan I’m glad we got the 2 points, but would be nice if the refs didn’t have their hands all over the final score.

  9. thegreatmorpheos - Apr 4, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Two teams heading in the same direction at the wrong time of year.

    • titansbro - Apr 4, 2014 at 12:48 PM

      jury’s still out on the leafs but the bruins are heading for the #1 seed in the east. seems like a pretty good direction.

      • thegreatmorpheos - Apr 4, 2014 at 3:29 PM

        The Bruins are getting beat by teams still hoping to make the playoffs.

      • sabatimus - Apr 4, 2014 at 3:38 PM

        When you get what would have been the tying goal waved off on a complete BS interference, and then you get called for holding when you yourself were given a forearm shiver and fell down (during OT, even), it makes it all the more difficult for you to beat said teams.

    • sabatimus - Apr 4, 2014 at 3:36 PM

      Oh wait, I thought the B’s were peaking too early (according to pitpenguinsrulez).

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