2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Maple Leafs vs. Bruins: Instant Analysis, Updates and Score

BOSTON, MA - MAY 4:  Nazem Kadri #43 of the Toronto Maple Leafs jumps into the pile after Joffrey Lupul #19 of the Toronto Maple Leafs scored the first of two goals against the Boston Bruins in the second period during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on May 4, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Franklin SteeleAnalyst IIMay 4, 2013

The goals didn't come in the first period of Game 2 between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins, but once they started, they didn't stop the rest of the way through.

The Leafs got a 5-on-5 goal from Phil Kessel and outstanding play from their four new players in the lineup as they went on to defeat the Bruins by a final score of 4-2.

Nathan Horton got the scoring started during 4-4 action at the beginning of the second period. Joffrey Lupul then scored a power-play goal for the Toronto Maple Leafs just minutes later with Zdeno Chara in the box for tripping.

Lupul struck again on a nasty backhander, putting Toronto ahead to end the second period.

The Bruins came out fast and hard for much of the third period and the Leafs looked a bit out-classed through points, but they came through when it mattered most. Kessel scored, as did James van Riemsdyk on a slick play in front of Tuukka Rask.

There was a lot of rough stuff toward the end of this game, and Boston coach Claude Julien could have put himself in danger by putting enforcer Shawn Thornton out on the ice with only a few seconds remaining. He'd find his fight with just over a second to go.

The Maple Leafs now head home with a tied series against the Bruins, perhaps having found the key to victory in Game 2. They were able to trip the Bruins up with various line combinations and slotting forwards in all over the place, and Julien continued to chase his matchups.

It'll be interesting to see how the Bruins respond with the last change while in Toronto.

 

Toronto Maple Leafs defeat the Boston Bruins 4-2 and tie the series at 1-1.

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