TORONTO – Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins leading the Toronto Maple Leafs by a 1-0 score after the first 20 minutes of Game 3 at the Air Canada Centre.
1) David Krejci picked up where he left off two years ago, and has been a complete stud for the Bruins during the postseason. He won the offensive zone face-off that led up to Adam McQuaid’s goal from the right point through heavy traffic in front. He has five points (1 goal, 4 assists) and a plus-3 in 2 1/3 playoff games for the Black and Gold this postseason.
2) Jaromir Jagr with three shots on net and five shots generated in total, and also took a tripping call after some aggressive stick work in the first period. This is by far the best that the 41-year-old has looked in any of three games played for the Black and Gold thus far. He’s looking much more like the regular season guy that everybody saw playing for the Bruins in the final 11 games of the season.
3) Congrats to Adam McQuaid on his first career playoff goal. He’s one player that has absolutely stepped up his game during the playoffs, and is starting to look far removed from some of the health issues he had earlier in the season.
4) Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly have won 9-of-10 face-offs, and pretty much guarantee that the third line is going to start with the puck on just about every possession they have. The third line has definitely been much improved in Game 3, but still no goals for them or for the Patrice Bergeron line. Bergeron, Seguin and Marchand really need to start finding the back of the net.
5) James Reimer still shaky with his glove hand, giving up juicy rebounds in front and seems to often lose track of where the puck is around the net. Toronto defense is still mistake-prone in their breakouts, and allowed the Bruins to tee off for 17 shots in the first period. Boston should be scoring more against this combination of Maple leafs weaknesses.
Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading the Toronto Maple Leafs by a 4-1 score after the first 40 minutes of Game 3 at the Air Canada Centre.
1) Down 4-1 at the end of two periods, the 20,000 Toronto Maple Leafs rabbis at the Air Canada Centre are not happy. That is exactly what they look like with those Leafs scarves given away to all of the fans in the building tonight.
2) Krejci, Lucic and Horton dominant in this first round. Two assists for Krejci tonight, including a won face-off in the offensive zone that led to a goal and a pass that sprung Milan Lucic and Horton a breakaway. Lucic has five assists in 2 2/3 games, Krejci has a team-high six points and Horton has three goals. They have been a dominant force.
3) Wade Redden and Adam McQuaid have played a combined 13 minutes tonight through the first two periods, and they’re a combined plus-6 in the game thus far. Been a very good job by the Bruins defense all night of limiting the Leafs offensive chances. Only goal allowed was a power play strike when Johnny Boychuk and Chris Kelly couldn’t clear the puck out of the zone. Defense has allowed Tuukka Rask to see just about everything in front of him.
4) Dion Phaneuf is a minus-2 with five giveaways in 15:42 of ice time tonight. He’s doing much more damage playing in Game 3 than had he been suspended for his hit on Daniel Paille at the end of Game 2. He just isn’t good enough to be a shutdown defenseman vs. the Bruins elite forwards.
5) Rich Peverley has his first goal of the playoffs. Big score for him as it could potentially lead him down the road to gained confidence and some quality play from the B’s third line. They’ve been excellent tonight, and both Jaromir Jagr and Peverley’s pressure earned the goal. Jagr leads the Bruins with six shots on net and eight total shots generated.