Bruins fall to Maple Leafs in shootout, 4-3

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Bruins fall to Maple Leafs in shootout, 4-3

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; a:link, span.MsoHyperlink color: blue; text-decoration: underline; a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed color: purple; text-decoration: underline; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; The Bruins needed a win to clinch the Northeast Division on Thursday night at the TD Garden, but the Maple Leafs prevented that celebration, defeating the Bs 4-3 in a shootout.

Nazem Kadri scored the only goal in the shootout, putting a backhander over the left shoulder of Tim Thomas.

Toronto had tied the game at 3-3 after Joffrey Lupul scored his second goal of the game nearly eight minutes into the third period, after sniping the top-right corner with a snap shot from the high slot. It proved to be the goal that sent the game into overtime.

The Bruins had entered the third period with a 3-2 lead after scoring three second-period goals. Brad Marchand, David Krejci, and Andrew Ference each put the puck in the net, beginning with Marchands, which came with 31 seconds left on a Toronto power play, 2:09 into the second.

Marchand tied the game at 1-1, after making a tremendous effort to clear the puck out of his own zone on the penalty kill, and skate with it down the left wing, until cutting hard out front of the Maple Leafs net, and dragging it across the top of the crease, only to finish by flipping it into the low-right side of the net.

A minute later, Krejci finished off a tic-tac-toe play on a rush into Torontos zone, which saw some nice passing from Horton and Lucic, giving the Bs a 2-1 lead.

The Maple Leafs tied the game at 2-2, seven minutes into the second period, when Lupul finished a Phil Kesel pass out front on a Toronto power play.

Andrew Ference gave the Bruins a 3-2 lead less than two minutes later when his low slap shot from the top of the left circle beat James Reimer five-hole. As it turned out, it wasnt the game-winner.Danny Picard is on Twitter at http:twitter.comDannyPicard. You can listen to Danny on his streaming radio show I'm Just Sayin' Monday-Friday from 9-10 a.m. on CSNNE.com.

Morning Skate: Larry Robinson parts ways with Sharks

Morning Skate: Larry Robinson parts ways with Sharks


Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while refraining from shoving any world leaders today.

*Larry Robinson and the San Jose Sharks are parting after working together for five seasons, per FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Kurz.

*Speaking of Kurz, he also has a Sharks mailbag on which players are most likely to be traded out of San Jose during the offseason. Somebody has got to go, and you’d think it would be somebody without much tread left on the tires.

*Moving on to other topics, Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler said that losing a Game 6 in the Western Conference Finals to the Nashville Predators was the “toughest” loss of his career. I don’t see how this is possible. You see, Kesler is no slouch at falling short. In fact, he’s a tremendous loser, having dropped a Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final at home in 2011 as a member of the Vancouver Canucks, and also having lost a Gold Medal Game for Team USA at the hands of Sidney Crosby and Canada in 2010 in overtime that was also played in Vancouver. It took a simple Google search to find an actual postgame video of Kesler crying into his hockey glove on the bench in the aftermath of Game 7 vs. the Bruins. So, pardon me if I’m not buying Kesler talking about a conference finals loss as the worst of his career when he was one home win away from being a Stanley Cup champion in Game 7, and proceeded to lose like he’s done many, many times in the most important games of his career. Dude, you’ve been through tougher losses. Trust me on that one.  

*The idea of trading Alex Ovechkin might be gaining some traction with the Capitals fan base, but it doesn’t seem to be based on reality at this point.

*The pride of Melrose, Mass, Conor Sheary, delivered in Game 7 for the Penguins as they return to the Stanley Cup Final in back-to-back seasons.

*Bobby Ryan said his strategy for success in the playoffs, at least in part, was staying off the phone. Maybe he ought to try that a bit more during the regular season.

*Congrats to the folks at NBC for another successful Red Nose Day that featured a reunion of the “Love Actually” cast among other things.