Maple Leafs hold off elimination vs. Bruins

James Reimer makes one of his 43 saves, on Bruins center Tyler Seguin, in helping the Maple Leafs win 2-1 and force a Game 6.

Associated Press

James Reimer makes one of his 43 saves, on Bruins center Tyler Seguin, in helping the Maple Leafs win 2-1 and force a Game 6.

BOSTON — The Maple Leafs won in Boston to force a Game 6 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal. Now they must finally win at home.

Tyler Bozak and Clarke MacArthur scored, and James Reimer made 43 saves as Toronto beat Boston 2-1 in Game 5 on Friday to trim its series deficit to 3-2.

Game 6 is Sunday in Toronto. The Bruins won Games 3 and 4 there, and they haven't lost a playoff game in the city since 1959.

"I'm sure that we've poked the Bruins," Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said. "They're going to be a very desperate team come Sunday night, and we have to be equally desperate."

Boston actually turned desperate after falling behind 2-0 Friday. Toronto outshot it 19-8 in the first period and was up on shots 25-12 in the second before the Bruins outshot the Leafs 32-8 the rest of the way, including 19-4 in the third.

"The third period was more like our team," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "We've got to play three periods like we did in the third if we're going to close this off."

Zdeno Chara cut the deficit to 2-1 with 8:48 left. The Leafs killed a delay-of-game penalty, then protected the lead when Boston pulled goalie Tuukka Rask for an extra attacker with 1:11 left.

"They're a good team. They're a mature team, and they're an experienced team," Reimer said. "We were able to squeak it out."

Only once has Toronto come back to win a series after falling behind 3-1. In the 1942 Stanley Cup final, it won four straight after losing the first three to Detroit. "We came in with the mind-set to just get it back to Toronto to give ourselves a chance," MacArthur said. "We've done that."

Wings force Game 7 with overtime win

DETROIT — Henrik Zetterberg scored 1:04 into overtime to lift the Red Wings to a 4-3 win over the Ducks and even their West quarterfinal at 3.

The Ducks forced overtime by scoring goals with 3:28 (Emerson Etem) and 2:37 (Bobby Ryan) left in regulation.

Overtime victory puts Capitals ahead 3-2

WASHINGTON — Mike Ribeiro scored 9:24 into overtime to give the Capitals a 2-1 victory over the Rangers and a 3-2 lead in the East quarterfinal. Ribeiro put in a rebound after Troy Brouwer deflected Karl Alzner's shot from the point.

Brian Boyle scored 53 seconds into the game for New York. But Braden Holtby stopped everything else to finish with 24 saves. Joel Ward tied it on a power play during the second period.

MVP finalists: The Penguins' Sidney Crosby, Capitals' Alex Ovechkin and Islanders John Tavares were the top three in the media vote for the Hart Trophy. Crosby finished fourth in the league with 56 points despite missing 12 games to injuries. Ovechkin had a league-high 32 goals; Tavares was third with 28.

Injuries: Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald, second on the team in average ice time in the playoffs, is out 6-8 weeks with a broken left hand. … Ottawa said Jason Spezza could return soon. The center, whose 84 points last season were fourth in the NHL, had surgery for a herniated disc Feb. 1.

Olympics: The league is "proceeding under the assumption" its players will play in Russia in February, deputy commissioner Bill Daly said. The league, international hockey officials and Olympic officials are negotiating. Insurance and TV/Internet rights remain the major issues.

Sakic to run Avs: Pierre Lacroix stepped down as Avalanche president after 18 seasons, and ex-Avs star Joe Sakic will be in charge of hockey operations as executive vice president. Josh Kroenke, president of the NBA's Nuggets and son of owner Stan Kroenke, will be president. Greg Sherman remains general manager.

Late Thursday: Marian Hossa had two goals and an assist as the host Blackhawks beat the Wild 5-1 to close out the West quarterfinal in five games. Because the NHL reseeds after the first round, top-seeded Chicago's next opponent hasn't been determined.

Maple Leafs 0 1 1 2
at Bruins 0 0 1 1

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesKelly, Bos (tripping), 1:46.

Second Period1, Toronto, Bozak 1, 11:27 (sh). Penaltiesvan Riemsdyk, Tor (interference), 10:03; O'Byrne, Tor (roughing), 18:47; Chara, Bos (roughing), 18:47.

Third Period2, Toronto, MacArthur 2, 1:58. 3, Boston, Chara 1 (Krejci, Seidenberg), 11:12. PenaltiesBozak, Tor (delay of game), 16:12. Shots on GoalToronto 19-10-4—33. Boston 8-17-19—44. Power-play opportunitiesToronto 0 of 1; Boston 0 of 2. GoaliesToronto, Reimer 2-3-0 (44 shots-43 saves). Boston, Rask 3-2-0 (33-31).

at Capitals 0 1 0 1 2
Rangers 1 0 0 0 1

First Period1, N.Y. Rangers, Boyle 2 (Brassard, Girardi), :53. PenaltiesChimera, Was (boarding), 4:40; Erskine, Was (elbowing), 9:57.

Second Period2, Washington, Ward 1 (Johansson, Backstrom), 7:44 (pp). PenaltiesBoyle, NYR (slashing), 7:33; Hillen, Was (holding), 14:53; Carlson, Was (delay of game), 17:08.

Third PeriodNone. PenaltiesDel Zotto, NYR (interference), 1:52. First Overtime3, Washington, Ribeiro 1 (Brouwer, Alzner), 9:24. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalN.Y. Rangers 10-5-4-6—25. Washington 8-6-13-8—35. Power-play opportunitiesN.Y. Rangers 0 of 4; Washington 1 of 2. GoaliesN.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 2-3-0 (35 shots-33 saves). Washington, Holtby 3-2-0 (25-24).

Maple Leafs hold off elimination vs. Bruins 05/10/13 [Last modified: Saturday, May 11, 2013 12:18am]

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