The Maple Leafs are all but finished, although we only need recall Boston’s 3-0 series lead over Philadelphia in 2010 to remember that sure things can turn into dreaded, torturous black holes of despair in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
David Krejci’s hat trick, his third goal delivered 13:06 into overtime, handed the Bruins a 4-3 victory Wednesday, a night the Leafs easily could have carried. They scored first. They scored second. They led for a total 30:24 of the opening 32:59, before Krejci knocked home his first of three to pull the Bruins even, 2-2.
Let the record show, the Bruins led for only 44 seconds all night. Now they stand perhaps 60 minutes from advancing to Round 2 of the postseason. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.