Saturday, May 4, 2013
Game 2 Reaction: Maple Leafs 4, Bruins 2
By James Murphy
BOSTON -- James Reimer made 39 saves and Phil Kessel scored the game winner as the Maple Leafs outworked the Bruins from the opening faceoff to tie the series at one with a 4-2 win.
Joffrey Lupul had two goals for the Leafs and James van Riemsdyk scored an insurance goal with 3:07 left in regulation.
Johnny Boychuk and Nathan Horton scored for the Bruins but it wasn't enough to help Tuukka Rask, who did all he could, making 28 saves in the loss.
Rask again needs more help -- This game looked reminiscent of many this season with the Bruins going through the motions, not dictating the play and essentially leaving Rask out to dry with numerous odd-man rushes and scoring chances. Rask more than did his part, making plenty of great saves and keeping his team in the game. A perfect example came late in the second period after the Leafs scored their second goal. Toronto had four consecutive scoring chances as the Bruins defense scrambled in front of Rask. Rask stopped three of the four chances while the other hit the post. While Rask did all he could, his teammates did not return the favor.
Bad Lucic back -- Milan Lucic had been one of the best Bruins in the last three games of the regular season and then in Game 1. He was hitting, skating and creating chances for himself and his teammates, who were feeding off his play. But in Game 2, Lucic reverted to the player we saw for most of the regular season, almost floating and looking for the play to come to him. Yes, he had an assist, but the Bruins need 60 minutes of the Lucic from the previous four games if they are to win what is becoming a very physical series.
Kessel finally lights lamp against Bruins -- Kessel's goal 53 ticks into the third period was his first against the Bruins in 24 games, his first even-strength goal against the Bruins and first as a Maple Leaf at TD Garden. The former Bruin -- constantly heckled by Bruins fans since asking for a trade back in 2009 -- silenced the crowd, putting his team up 3-1 as he broke in alone and beat Rask. It was only a matter of time before the skilled forward found the twine against the Bruins and the confidence he gets from that goal could cause problems. As the Bruins know from Kessel's time in Boston, when he has confidence he is dangerous.
Boychuk scores but has rough game defensively -- Boychuk can be glad he scored that third-period goal because he had two periods he will want to forget before that. Boychuk was a step behind for most of the night and made some turnovers that easily could have ended up in the back of the net. But there is no doubting the power of Boychuk's shot, as we saw in Game 1 when he rocketed one past Reimer and then again Saturday night. If he can keep utilizing that shot, the turnovers will be forgotten.
Hamilton and Peverley play -- With Andrew Ference suspended, Claude Julien decided to go with rookie Dougie Hamilton on the blue line. It was Hamilton's first career playoff game and the young rearguard had no points in 13:32 of ice time. Rich Peverley also was back in the lineup, skating with Chris Kelly and Jaromir Jagr. Peverley went pointless as that line continues to search for the right chemistry. Here's what the lineup looked like:
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Rich Peverley-Chris Kelly-Jaromir Jagr
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Adam McQuaid
Dennis Seidenberg-Johnny Boychuk
Wade Redden-Dougie Hamilton