Bruins’ third line plays big role in Game 3 win over Maple Leafs in Toronto

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TORONTO — In need of re-establishing what they like to call their heavy game, as well as their overall defensive-centered cohesiveness, the Bruins rolled along to a fairly easy 5-2 win over the Leafs Monday night and took a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven first-round playoff series.

Paced by a balanced attack, which included third-liner Rich Peverley’s goal for a 2-0 lead in the second period, the Bruins all but silenced the sellout crowd at the Air Canada Centre with three goals (Peverley, Nathan Horton, Danny Paille) in the second. Peverley’s goal was set up by Jaromir Jagr, fellow third-liner and, finally, a masterful stickhandler once again.

Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, under heavy fire for much of the third period, finished with 46 saves.

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