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
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