(Cody Franson had one goal in a losing cause)
May 8: Leafs 3 vs. Bruins 4 (OT)
Forward lines: Lupul-Bozak-Frattin, van Riemsdyk-Grabovski-Kulemin, MacArthur-Kadri-Kessel, Komarov-McClement-Orr
Defence pairings: Phaneuf-Gunnarsson, Gardiner-O’Byrne, Franson-Fraser
Goaltenders: Reimer (Loss, 72:51 minutes played, 41 saves, 4 GA), Scrivens (0:00)
In sports, there are no moral victories.
It’s an especially painful truth for the Leafs to absorb after suffering a gut-wrenching 4-3 overtime loss to the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night. David Krejci’s hat trick goal at 13:06 of the extra session put Toronto on the brink of elimination as the series heads back to Beantown with the Leafs trailing the best-of-7 affair three games to one.
The result spoiled the most complete effort assembled by Leafs coach Randy Carlyle’s squad during these playoffs. Forty-eight shots were directed at Boston goalie Tuukka Rask. The go-ahead goal to cap a Bruins rally in the second period was answered in less than a minute by Clarke MacArthur, back in the lineup after being scratched for two games.