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Bruins top Leafs, 2-1, in OT

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff  April 3, 2010 07:02 PM

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OVERTIME

Bruins win it, 2-1, with 1:35 left in OT. Chara lets go a long-range wrister and Satan supplies tip down low.

2:13 to go in the 4-on-4 session. Kessel had a decent chance down right wing, but was steered to the outside by Chara.

Bruins have scored one goal over their last nine periods of regulation play.

THIRD PERIOD

Three periods in books. Tied, 1-1. Headed to OT.

Bruins will leave with at least one point and will maintain a playoff berth. Rangers earlier compelted 4-1 win over Florida, momentarily to equal Boston's point total (82).

As could be expected, Bruins looking tired on blue line. Long night for the five backliners with Seidenberg sidelined (cut wrist) in first period.

11:57 -- Kessel returns to Toroto bench.

11:57 -- Stalberg sent off for hauling down (tripping) Ryder.

9:50 -- Lucic thwarted on slapper, Gustavsson with strong pad save. Bruins finding a little pop iin their offensive game.

9:28 -- Satan misses with backhander off right wing.

Sjostrom has taken Kessel's spot at right wing on a line with Kulemin and Grabovski. Kessel still in dressing room.

3:45 -- Kessel heads to Toronto dressing room. Does not look like he suffered injury.

0:50 -- Lucic denied on short shovel from in front, Gustavsson blocking with chest.


SECOND PERIOD

40:00 in books. Tied, 1-1. Shots: Toronto, 22-14.

14:45 -- Chara in rare foray to right wing offensive corner, where he trades heavy bodslams with Phaneuf. Varsity hockey.

14:06 -- Nice stop by Rask, first stopping then smothering Exelby's big slapper from above left wing circle. Toronto, 19-11, on shots.

Bruins with decent possession on PP, but no goal.

10:45 -- First Boston power play. Hanson off for interfering with Boychuk.

8:01 -- Rare goal for Bruins to tie it, 1-1. Satan knocks home loose puck at right post after Krejci shovels in long bachander off left wing. Toronto ahead on shots, 17-7.

5:43 -- Score reamains 1-0 Toronto. Bruins with one shot this period, trailing by 17-6. Like watching the 1964 Red Sox try to cobble together runs.


FIRST PERIOD

Word just in from Bruins dressing room: Seidenberg done for the night. The Bruins will not provide an update until after the game. Again, based on what TV showed, he appears to have cut near his his left wrist.

Not pretty to watch. Leafs finish period with 1-0 lead and lopsided 14-5 shot advantage. Bruins dead in water on offense.

No sign of Seidenberg since he exited at 10:24 with what appeared to be cut wrist. We can only presume it was not an act of self-mutilation.

Dating back to Tuesday's game at Newark, they have gone seven straight regulation periods without a goal. May need to dial OfficeTemps for a winger before this night is out.

16:50 -- Some good work by rookie Bodnarchuk, digging puck in Leafs' right wing corner. Good compusure in kid's first game. Bruins working with only five defenseman while Seidenberg remains out.

15:17. Still Toronto, 1-0. Kesse misses prime chance to pot 2-0 lead, Rask blocking his doorstep stuff of a loose puck in front of Wideman.

Bruins escape 5-on-3 and 5-on-4 situations, allowing only one shot on Rask.

10:24 -- Play called to a halt because Seidenberg, in penalty box, needs to go to Boston room for medical attention. Appears to have injury to left hand or wrist. Indications from folks watching on TV are that Seidenberg was bleeding around the left wrist.

Piles of penalty trouble for Bruins. Ryder off for hooking at 9:15, followed by Seidenberg at 9:39 for boarding.

5:10 -- Leafs, 1-0. Orr shovels one in from doorstep after Phaneuf fires in from top of right wing circle.


Boston's lines:
Lucic-Bergeron-Recchi
Sturm-Krejci-Satan
Wheeler-Sobotka-Marchan
Paille-Begin-Ryder


Puck about to be dropped here at ACC.

The Bruins will open with a line that has Patrice Bergeron centering Milan Lucic and Mark Recchi. Tuukka Rask is in net, opposing fellow rookie Jonas Gustavsson.

Shawn Thornton (upper-body injury) and Trent Whitfield (coach's decision) are out of Boston's lineup.

Mark Stuart, as noted here earlier in the day, is home in Boston after suffering an overnight flareup of cellulitis, a skin infection on one of his hands.

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