Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Bruins vs Leafs game 4 summary

TORONTO, CANADA - MAY 8: David Krejci #46 of the Boston Bruins scores in overtime as Ryan O'Byrne #23 of the Toronto Maple Leafs defends in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs May 8, 2013 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)
What a game tonight's game 4 was between the Bruins and Leafs as it was a back and forth battle. Both teams made mistakes and the other team capitalized on some. The game would go to overtime and David Krejci would get the hat trick by scoring the game winner and giving the Bruins a 3-1 series lead.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Leafs Joffrey Lupul scored, making it 1-0 Leafs. Late in the period, Leafs Cody Franson scored, making it 2-0 Leafs.

In the second period, 32 seconds in, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 1st goal of the playoffs, a power-play goal, making it 2-1. Later, Bruins David Krejci scored his 3rd goal of the playoffs, tying the game 2-2. Less than four minutes later, Bruins David Krejci scored his 4th goal of the playoffs, a power-play goal on a sweet one-timer, making it 3-2 Bruins. Less than a minute later, Leafs Clarke MacArthur scored, tying the game 3-3.

In the third period, no one scored.

In overtime, Bruins David Krejci scored the game winner, his 5th goal of the playoffs and 3rd of the game getting a hat trick, making it a 4-3 win for the Bruins. On the play Nathan Horton took a knee-on-knee hit from Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf, as Phaneuf moved up to deliver the big hit. Horton was able to move the puck up to Krejci before the hit, taking the hit to make the play. We hope he is ok but he was down on the ice after the hit and the CBC feed didn't show him after that. For those who saw the NESN feed, did they show Horton after the hit?

Stop the diving
James van Riemsdyk's acting skills along with his faking and divingOh my, we hope James van Riemsdyk is ok and not "seriously" injured from his little altercation with David Krejci. Krejci must have put a good choke hold on van Riemsdyk as he went down to the ice quickly. For real though, van Riemsdyk has been faking and diving this whole series trying to draw calls, as he drew two tonight. Stop with the throwing your head back, making faces of agony and dropping to the ice. Even though it's hilarious, it's really embarrassing, sad and pathetic. This isn't the NBA or soccer.

Update: Days of Y'Orr has an animated GIF of another incident, this one with Leafs Joffrey Lupul embellishing and getting hit with his own stick. Chara got a penalty for this, basically for doing nothing and Lupul diving.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and made 41 saves on 44 shots. Rask is now 3-1 with a 2.39 GAA and a .932 save percentage in the playoffs.

The Bruins led the game in faceoff wins 41-34. The Leafs led the game in shots 48-45, hits 71-49 and blocked shots 31-20. The Bruins went 2-for-5 on the power-play while the Leafs went 0-for-4.

David Krejci led the Bruins with 8 shots. Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 7 hits and 7 blocked shots. Nathan Horton had 2 assists and Zdeno Chara had 4 assists.

Onto the next one
The Bruins now lead the series 3-1. Game 5 is on Friday in Boston at 7pm ET.

3 wins down, 13 more to bring the Cup back to Boston.

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