Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Bruins vs Leafs game 1 summary

Shawn Thornton celebrates with Wade Redden after Redden scored a goal
BOSTON, MA - MAY 1: Wade Redden #6 of the Boston Bruins is congratulated by teammate Shawn Thornton #22 of the Boston Bruins after scoring a goal in the first period against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 1, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
The Bruins had a little bit of a tough start but found their game and came back down a goal against the Leafs in game 1 to win it 4-1. It was a tough hard-hitting game that the Bruins started to control late in the first period and then controlled it for the rest of the game. Watch the game 1 highlights video here.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Leafs James van Riemsdyk scored a power-play goal, making it 1-0 Leafs. With a little less than four minutes in the period, Bruins Wade Redden scored his 1st goal of the playoffs, tying the game 1-1. With 12 seconds left in the period, Bruins Nathan Horton scored his 1st goal of the playoffs, a power-play goal, as he tipped in a shot by Redden, making it 2-1 Bruins.

In the second period, Bruins David Krejci scored his 1st goal of the playoffs, making it 3-1 Bruins. Later, Bruins Johnny Boychuk scored his 1st goal of the playoffs, making it 4-1.

In the third period, no scoring happened. At the end of the game, Leafs Frazer McLaren was running around trying to hit people. Chris Kelly dropped the gloves with agitator Leo Komarov and had an ok fight with both exchanging noogies. Watch the Komarov-Kelly fight here.

Chris Kelly #23 of the Boston Bruins fights against Leo Komarov #47 of the Toronto Maple Leafs
BOSTON, MA - MAY 1: Chris Kelly #23 of the Boston Bruins fights against Leo Komarov #47 of the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on May 1, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 19 saves on 20 shots. Rask is now 1-0 with a 1.00 GAA and a .950 save percentage in the playoffs.

The Bruins led the game in shots 40-20. The Leafs led the game in hits 37-30, faceoff wins 29-25 and blocked shots 16-8. The Bruins went 1-for-5 on the power-play while the Leafs went 1-for-3.

Wade Redden had a goal and an assist. Milan Lucic had 2 assists. David Krejci had a goal and 2 assists.

Tyler Seguin led the Bruins with 7 shots. Shawn Thornton led the Bruins with 5 hits. Andrew Ference led the Bruins with 2 blocked shots.

Bruins rookie Dougie Hamilton was scratched and Wade Redden was in the lineup which turned out to be a good decision.

Leafs Phil Kessel had one shot on net. Leafs Colton Orr took a lot of penalties (16 PIMs in all) in the game and you have to wonder if he'll be dressed for the next game.

Onto the next one
The Bruins now lead the series 1-0. Game 2 is on Saturday at 7pm ET in Boston.

1 win down, 15 more to bring the Cup back to Boston. My prediction for this series is Bruins in 6 games.

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