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First period summary: Bruins vs. Maple Leafs
Posted By Dan Rowinski On April 3, 2010 @ 7:51 pm In General | 1 Comment
If there was ever a must-win game, Saturday at Air Canada Centre  in Toronto is that kind of game for the Bruins.
The results will be twofold. Foremost, the Bruins are only a point ahead of the Thrashers and tied with Flyers for the final two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. Secondly, if Boston wants to get a top two pick in the NHL  Entry Draft this summer, they have to beat the team whose pick they own to keep them down in the standings.
So, you would think that the Bruins would be motivated and jump on the division rival Leafs early, right?
Not so much.
Toronto took the early lead at 5:10 into the game when Colton Orr, much more known for his bruising than goal scoring, pushed a rebound off a Dion Phaneuf shot pased Tuukka Rask  to open the scoring.
Four minutes later the Leafs would have a big chance to make it a two-goal advantage when Michael Ryder  went to the penalty box for hooking at 9:15. He was followed there 23-seconds later by Dennis Seidenberg  who took a boarding call to set up 1:37 of two-man advantage ice time for Toronto.
The Bruins registered the kill and came back down the ice to put pressure on Leafs’ goaltender Jonas Gustavsson but a shot hit the cross bar and bounced back out of the crease to end the threat.
During Seidenberg’s penalty he had to leave the box with a cut on his forearm that needed medical attention. Defenseman Mark Stuart  is not with the team after getting sent back to Boston with cellulitis, a skin infection, in his hand. Andrew Bodnarchuk has been recalled from Providence on an emergency basis.
Toronto has been the better team through the first 20 minutes and lead the Bruins in shots by nine, 14 to five.
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 Michael Ryder: http://media.weei.com/hockey/michael-ryder.htm
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