Bruins Ruin Maple Leafs Homecoming 5-2
The Boston Bruins spoiled the Toronto Maple Leafs first home playoff game in nine years. They won 5-2 to take a 2-1 lead in the series.
Toronto was ready for a playoff game and the crowds outside the Air Canada Centre were huge. A big screen on the side allowed people who did not get tickets to watch the game. The area was full of loud fans. Boston was quick to silence everyone, though.
The Maple Leafs had the best shots in the beginning, but none could get past Bruins goalie Tuuka Rask. But the Bruins scored the first goal. Adam McQuaid scored nine minutes in and it appeared to shake up Maple Leafs goalie James Riemer.
Bruins added three goals in the second period, including a short-handed goal by Daniel Paille when Nazem Kadri was in the penalty box for boarding.
Life came back to the Maple Leafs when they started the third period on the power play and scored 47 seconds in the period. The Bruins defense would not allow it and kept them at bay. The Leafs pulled Riemer for an extra skater, but it did not work. Instead, Bruins scored an empty net goal with a few minutes left to win it 5-2.
Game four is Wednesday night in Toronto.