Bruins vs. Maple Leafs Game 4 Recap: David Krejci hat trick wins it in OT

Claus Andersen

Krejci was the big hero on Wednesday night, and the 4-3 victory has given the Bruins a commanding 3-1 series lead.

After scoring twice in the second period to help the Boston Bruins overcome an early 2-0 deficit to the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 4, David Krejci chose the best possible time to finish off his hat trick Wednesday night.

Krejci scored in overtime, giving the Bruins a 4-3 victory, after Dion Phaneuf went for the hit up ice and took himself out of the play. Ryan O`Byrne waved his stick vaguely in Krejci's direction, but that wasn't enough to stop the game-winning goal:

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Just prior to the goal, the action was down at the other end -- where a bear looked on nervously from just behind the glass:

An omen? Perhaps. Funny? Definitely.

Let's dive into the three big questions we were tracking in Wednesday night's game.

Can the Bruins' second line be stopped?

Apparently not. Krejci had three goals, including the game-winner, and Nathan Horton had two assists -- but at least the Leafs managed to keep Milan Lucic off the board.

Will the Leafs get even on face-offs?

Boston won 41 faceoffs, while the Leafs won 34. The percentages were better than in the previous games of the series, but Toronto still isn't getting it done.

Can Tuukka Rask come up big again?

Both goalies finished with over 40 saves, thanks to the overtime period, but once again it was Rask who got the win. Rask looked sharp all night long, despite facing 45+ shots for the second game in a row.

The Bruins take a 3-1 lead in the series back to Boston, with a chance to advance to the second round after Game 5 on Friday.

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