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Final: Bruins 2, Leafs

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff  January 3, 2011 06:15 PM

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THIRD PERIOD
Bruins win, 2-1. Finish trip, 3-0-2.

Game ends as Kessel's slapper from high slot is blocked.

Chara clearing attempt skips into stands with 2.4 left.

Play stops with 17.1 remaining after Kessel, rushing in off right wing, stops clock by firing puck into net over glass behind Rask. Timeout, TO.

2:47 to go. Rask (34 stops, 16 this period) holding strong with one-goal lead.

With crowd chanting ''Go Leafs Go'', Thornton just misses potting 3-1 lead, lifting doorstep wrister over Reimer and crossbar. Tough one to miss. Would have put stake in Leafs and crowd at 9:06. B's still with 2-1 lead.

Rask at his best at 4:16, first flashing right pad to stop primo Kessel wrister, then falling on goal line and using outstretched left arm to prevent Bozak from sweeping in loose puck. Topnotch Tuukka.

Underway.

SECOND PERIOD

B's carry 2-1 lead into break. Strong turnaround reflected in shots--Boston now with 24-19 lead.

BRUINS 2, Leafs 1, 15:30 -- Savard, in a strange area code for him, up around blue line, nails in one-timer off of feed from Horton. Ends seven-game streak without goal for Savard. Horton's first two-point night since Dec. 7. Lucic also with assist, first point since Dec. 16.

BRUINS 1, Leafs 1 -- Could be time for the Lucic-Savard-Horton line to go away. Would Winnipeg be far enough? But finally, with 7:56 gone in period, Horton scores on wrister from slot. Right winger curls into slot from left wing faceoff circle and rips shot by Reimer. Horton's first strike since Dec. 11, ending nine-game skid. Oh, the magic of Manitoba.

Loud cheer erupts at St. ACC Cathedral when Canada's 2-0 lead over USA in World Juniors is announced to crowd. It's O.K. Boston always has the Blue Jays.

Play in Boston end continues for long while with blue helmet in corner to Rask's left. Had to look two or three times before being convinced it was not Ovechkin's severed head.


FIRST PERIOD

Period over. Leafs, 1-0, with 11-7 shot advantage. Bruins with limited ability to keep pressure in attack zone. Rask shaky on a couple of shots.

Bergeron shot at 17:30 sends Beauchemin hobbling to Blue-and-White bench. Leafs ahead on shots, 9-5. Still with 1-0 lead. With 67 seconds remaining in regulation, Beauchemin heads to room in obvious pain.

14:08 -- Leafs 1, Bruins 0 -- Grabovski finishes off breakway by firing puck through Rask's pads. Amber alert sounded for Boston defensemen,

11:15 -- Rask's strong right pad save on Kessel wrister keeps in 0-0.

B's fritter away first PP chance. Beauchemin and Brent each with decent chances on Rask as PP end. Good blocks for Rask.

Underway at ACC. Greg Campbell in for Bruins. Danny Paille gets night off.

As expected, based on the morning workout, Tuukka Rask will start in the Boston net. James Reimer in Toronto net.

Roughly 45 minutes from puck drop here at the ACC, blog dawgs.

Trust by now that all of you have shaken off your new year's eve celebratory cobwebs, practiced diligently today on your keyboards and have sharpened your venomous vocabularies for tonight's tilt. Got your game on?

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