Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs: Live Score, Updates and Analysis

Franklin Steele@FranklinSteeleAnalyst IIMay 6, 2013

The first home playoff game in over nine years for the Toronto Maple Leafs didn't go according to plan as they were defeated by the Boston Bruins by a final score of 5-2. What could have been a magical night was quickly turned on its head by the visiting Boston Bruins, as they scored the only goal in the first period and put the game away with a dominating effort in the second.

Adam McQuaid scored the only goal in the first on a puck that James Reimer couldn't see, and Rich Peverley scored early in the second off of a slick feed from Jaromir Jagr to create a two-goal cushion.

Later in the period Jake Gardiner finally put the Leafs on the board via a power-play goal, but the jubilation only lasted about 50 seconds for Toronto, as Nathan Horton scored to restore the two-goal lead.

Daniel Paille netted a short-handed goal moments later, securing a three-goal lead for the Bruins. That goal would eventually prove too much for the Leafs to overcome.

Phil Kessel scored early in the third, pushing the Bruins back to defend a two-goal lead again and restoring hope in Toronto. The Leafs dominated through the third as they pushed for a few more goals—defenseman Cody Franson seemed to elevate his game to the occasion, as he generated several great chances and hit a post.

The Leafs never could find a way to beat Tuukka Rash again though, and Horton closed the game out with an empty net goal, securing Game 3 for the visiting Bruins.

That makes Game 4 a must-win contest for Toronto. It's either pull even or go back to Boston down in the series three games to one.

Final Score: Toronto Maple Leafs - 2  Boston Bruins - 5