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James van Riemsdyk in starring role for Maple Leafs

Boston-5/04/13-Boston Bruins vs Toronto Maple Leafs -Game 2 quarterfinal Eastern Conference- Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask can't stop Tornonto's James van Riemsdyk's 3rd period goal putting Toronto up 4-2. Boston Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki(sports)
James van Riemsdyk extended Tornonto's lead with a 3rd period goal in Game 2 Saturday night. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)Credit: The Boston Globe

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The biggest wow factor during Saturday’s night’s Game 2 between the Bruins and Maple Leafs came at the 16:53 mark of the third period.

Toronto forward James van Riemsdyk collected a pass from Mikhail Grabovski in front of the net and, with his back to Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask, spun, and after tic-tac-toeing the puck to himself, found an opening just inside the left post.

That magical goal put an exclamation mark on the Leafs’ 4-2 victory.

It didn’t happen exactly as van Riemsdyk planned it, but he said, “I’ll take it; to contribute like that is always fun.’’

Van Riemsdyk now has six playoff goals against Boston, two in the first two games of this year’s series.

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