Keeping it short, here are some thoughts on last night’s win:
- Timely saves They don’t get much more timely than the 18 stops Tuukka Rask made in the third period last night. Rask has always played well in Toronto (4-1-0 in five career decisions, according to Yahoo! Sports), but was immense last night. He withstood Toronto’s third period barrage in cool, calm Tuukka fashion, and made plenty of those “timely saves” Claude Julien has been talking about all year. Rask didn’t have an awful Game 2, but he looked determined to bounce back last night, and did so in impressive fashion.
- Top line rollin’ The Milan Lucic- David Krejci – Nathan Horton continues to roll, adding eight more points (combined) last night. It’s hard to say who is driving the bus here: on the one hand, it could be Lucic moving his feet and creating space for Krejci; on the other hand, it could be Krejci’s creativity that’s creating time and space for Lucic to do his thing. Whatever the case may be, the B’s a reaping the benefits of stellar play by that trio.
- Secondary scoring comes through It was nice to see the Bruins get some offensive production from guys outside of the top six last night. Daniel Paille, Adam McQuaid, and Rich Peverley all tallied, and the B’s are at their most dangerous when all four lines are rolling. The third line has been a bit of a momentum-killer at times in this series, but they got going pretty well last night. Let’s hope they can keep it up.
- Great crowd The crowd at the Air Canada Centre was fantastic last night, with the exception of the “Toronto Stronger” morons. Leafs fans are passionate, but the ACC has a reputation as being a bit of an elitist building, where stuffy suits occupy the lower bowl and don’t make much noise. That wasn’t the case last night, as the entire arena was jumping from before the puck dropped. It’s great to see such passion on display.