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The Boston Bruins spoil the return of playoff hockey to the Air Canada Centre by dispatching the Maple Leafs 5-2. The HuLK line, Third Line, and Merlot Line were strong, and Adam McQuaid scored his first ever playoff goal.

RIch Peverley at netfront
RIch Peverley at netfront
Claus Andersen

<p><b> About last night... </b></p>

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<li> Nathan Horton's goal was the turning point, but it was a balanced attack that keyed the Bruins' win. [<a href="http://bostonherald.com/sports/bruins_nhl/2013/05/balanced_attack_keys_bruins_win_and_2_1_series_lead?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A%20bostonherald/sports/hockey%20%28Bruins%20%26%20NHL%20-%20Bruins%20%26%20NHL%20-%20BostonHerald.com%29">BostonHerald</a>]</li>

<li> Yo, Merlot! How about Shawn Thornton, Daniel Paille, and Gregory Campbell? And the third line! Rich Peverley went 10-of-11 on faceoffs and scored a goal after a steal and feed by Jaromir Jagr. [<a href="http://bostonherald.com/sports/bruins_nhl/2013/05/merlot_line_pitches_in">BostonHerald</a>]</li>

<li> Claude Julien had praise for Jaromir Jagr, whose third line with Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley looked a great deal more cohesive. [<a href="http://nesn.com/2013/05/jaromir-jagr-bruins-third-line-break-out-making-bruins-deep-lineup-even-more-effective/">NESN</a>]</li>

<li> Chemistry takes time, and the third line appears to be hitting stride. [<a href="http://causewaycrowd.com/2013/05/07/the-bruins-third-line-better-late-than-never/">CausewayCrowd</a>]</li>

<li> Tuukka Rask had the game of his career, making 46 saves. [<a href="http://nesn.com/2013/05/tuukka-rasks-career-game-comes-at-perfect-time-for-bruins-in-game-3-against-toronto/">NESN</a>]</li>

<li> Ladies and gentlemen, your Player of the Game- Milan Lucic. [<a href="http://www.bruinsdaily.com/2013/05/07/player-of-the-game-game-3-bruins-leafs/">BruinsDaily</a>]</li>

<li> And Lucic sported the team Ranger jacket as a result. [<a href="http://bruins.nhl.com/club/m_blogs.htm?id=17278">Bruins.NHL</a>]</li>

<li> And this NOTfancystat sums up Lucic's odd season. Not that we're complaining. [<a href="https://twitter.com/DJ_Bean/status/331576004894142464">@DJ_Bean</a>]</li>

<li> In a nutshell, what went right and what went wrong for the Bruins in Game 3. [<a href="http://bigbadblog.weei.com/sports/boston/hockey/bruins/2013/05/06/big-night-from-top-line-helps-bruins-past-maple-leafs-in-game-3/">WEEI</a>]</li>

<li> Remember that resilience the Bruins have been so famous for? So did they. [<a href="http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/hockey/bruins/mike-petraglia/2013/05/07/thanks-tuukka-rask-bs-pass-their-first-true-te">WEEI</a>]</li>

<li> And remember the Full 60? The Bruins remembered that, too. [<a href="http://www.bruinsdaily.com/2013/05/06/bruins-get-60-minute-effort-in-game-3-victory/">BruinsDaily</a>]</li>

<li> David Krejci is currently the leading scorer in the playoffs. [<a href="https://twitter.com/BauerHockey/status/331634024252579840">@BauerHockey</a>]</li>

<li> Toronto was elated to see playoff hockey again, and the atmosphere was electric. They had everything but the win. [<a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nhl--bruins-ruin-party-at-maple-leafs--first-home-playoff-game-since-2004-041029453.html">YahooSports</a>]</li>

<li> The Leafs have a dismal playoff record at home vs. the Bruins. Just sayin'. [<a href="https://twitter.com/Buccigross/status/331393031037128705">@Buccigross</a>]</li>

<li> Fan FAIL. A thoughtless Toronto fan's ill-conceived sign was not well received by either side. [<a href="http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2013/05/07/toronto-stronger-leafs-twitter-outrage.html?cmp=rss">CBC</a>]</li>

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<p><b> Elsewhere around the rink... </b></p>

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<li> Kris Letang, P.K. Subban, and Ryan Suter are your Norris Trophy candidates. [<a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/norris-trophy-finalists-letang-vs-subban-vs-suter-143816649.html">PuckDaddy</a>]</li>

<li> Breandan Gallagher, Jonathan Huberdeau, and Brandon Saad are your Calder Trophy candidates. [<a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nhl/2013/05/06/nhl-rookie-calder-trophy-finalists/2138739/">USAToday</a>]</li>

<li> Ron Rolston, brother of former Bruin Brian Rolston, has been named permanent head coach of the Buffalo Sabres. [<a href="http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/blog/eye-on-hockey/22211970/ron-rolston-named-head-coach-of-sabres-after-interim-stint">CBSSports</a>]</li>

<li> Wanna buy Roberto Luongo's condo? [<a href="http://o.canada.com/2013/05/07/want-to-buy-roberto-luongos-vancouver-condo-a-bargain-at-4-2-million/">OCanada</a>]</li>

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