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Boston Bruins trail series 3-2 after Toronto Maple Leafs score twice in third period



It looked like this one was going to go all night. And then came the 8:27 mark of the third period when the Boston Bruins had their first defensive breakdown – the first crucial one for either team.

An Auston Matthews one-timer for the first goal of the game. Just like we all predicted.

The Bruins challenged for goalie interference but after a very long review, the league kept it as originally called – a goal for Matthews and a 1-0 lead for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Things then got pretty ugly for the Black and Gold.

Off a clean breakout, Morgan Rielly took the puck up and made it to Andreas Johnsson who sent it across for a wide open Kasperi Kapanen. And in the puck to open.

The Bruins had a slight push in the final minute when David Krejci slapped home a backdoor one-timer to make it 2-1. The Leafs challenged it for offsides but the goal stood.

In the end, the Leafs won 2-1 and took a 3-2 series lead.

Through two periods, the Bruins and Maple Leafs played as tight a game as possible. Defense reigned supreme, as the shots were 16-15 in favor of the Leafs.

The biggest scoring opportunity of the first 40 minutes came when David Krejci put one past Frederik Andersen and into the top corner of the post. The TD Garden crowd and Bruins scoreboard operator thought the puck went in, as the "Goal" symbol went up around the arena and fans got on their feet.

Defensively, both teams were as sound as possible. The Leafs have their five guys packed in front of the net scheme and the Bruins played with their normal layers.

Sean Kuraly looked solid in his return, logging at 14:12 minutes of time on ice with two shots. His addition helped Noel Acciari and Chris Wagner shut down the John Tavares line.

A common theme of the series has been the physicality aspect. Typically, the team won the most hits. The Bruins had 29 hits and the Leafs had 26.

That storyline wouldn't hold on Friday night.

The Leafs took a 3-2 series lead. Both teams will head to Toronto for Game 6 at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

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