Maple Leafs drop Boston 4-2 to even series Lupul plays hereo in second to give Leafs the lead

BOSTON – In an exciting match-up between the Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs, the Leafs came away with a series tying 4-2 victory. In contrast to many of the eastern conference games this round, this contest was a thriller from start to finish with all of the animosity and hatred you want to see in an Original Six rivalry.

Phil Kessel scored what would become the game winner just 53 seconds into the third period off a break out pass from Nazem Kadri deep in his own zone. Kessel took the pass and streaked in on Tuukka Rask in the Bruins net and buried the puck for a 3-1 lead.

Johnny Boychuk cut the Leafs lead to 3-2 and gave the home crowd an idea the Bruins might claw their way back in to the game.

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James van Riemsdyk File photo by Lewis Bleiman

James van Riemsdyk put the game out of reach with just over three minutes left in regulation when he found the puck in feet and needed to pirouette, locate and control the puck and manage a backhand shot that eluded Rask. The goal clearly frustrated Rask who showed an emotional response to not having stopped what might be considered a soft goal.

Nathan Horton had staked the Bruins to a 1-0 lead in the second at 1:56.

From there the Leafs were bolstered by Joffrey Lupul who netted two goals to reverse the momentum and give the Leafs a 2-1 lead they would not relinquish.

The series now heads to Toronto for the next two games.

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