The result of Friday night's game between the Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs was definitely a little misleading. Even though the Leafs knocked off the B's by a score of 2-1, the game really should not have been that close.
The first period was horrible for Boston. The Leafs took it to the B's and they showed that they were a team that was desperate to keep their season alive. It was after a silly mistake by Andrew Ference that allowed Tyler Bozak to record a short-handed goal for Toronto. Clarke MacArthur recorded the second Leafs goal in this game.
The Bruins turned it on in the last two periods. Believe it or not, the Bruins actually finished with more shots on goal. It felt like Tuukka Rask made way more saves than he actually did. Either way, he was clearly the best player on the ice for the Black and Gold.
Zdeno Chara had the lone goal for the Bruins. David Krejci, who had an assist on the goal, continued to add to his impressive postseason scoring streak. Other than a few good performances from Patrice Bergeron and Jaromir Jagr, there was not much else to say.....
Well, maybe the fact that the Bruins put about 15 shots wide of the net. They made the Toronto defense and goaltender look solid when in reality they are just average at best.
This particular entry was a little all over the place, which is understandable considering the ring that the Bruins put us all through during this game. Fans were jumping out of their seats while the fans at home were exhaling deep breaths of air. You have to love playoff hockey.
Unfortunately, this series will extend just a little bit longer. The Bruins will attempt to close out the series yet again on Sunday night in Toronto.
*Matt Bartkowski skated in his first NHL playoff game on Friday night. He replaced Wade Redden, who was not in the lineup due to an undisclosed injury.