In the battle of goaltenders in the Bruins/Leafs series, Tuukka Rask is pretty clearly getting the upper hand against young Toronto Maple Leafs puck-stopper James Reimer.

Rask made 17 saves during a frantic third period as the desperate Toronto bunch threw everything at the Boston net, and the Bruins defense collapsed into a funk where they couldn’t consistently get the puck out of their zone. In total Rask made 45 saves in Boston’s 5-2 victory over Toronto in Game 3 at the Air Canada Centre, and has put up a .929 save percentage in the three games played in the best-of-seven series.

“I just try to stay calm and well positioned all the time. I thought I did a good job of that today,” said Rask. “Sometimes when teams create a lot of traffic and cross-ice passes, you tend to get over-aggressive and that can throw you off your game.

“But I just tried to stay calm even though they were coming at us in the third.”

While the third period was clearly Rask standing on his head with a two-goal cushion, he might have been at his best in the second period when he turned away a Joffrey Lupul shot from the right wing off a dish from Phil Kessel – and then stoned Tyler Bozak when he had the puck on the doorstep during the same shift.

That was when the Bruins were clinging to a one-goal lead, and gave Boston the confidence their goaltender was going to stand tall as the two teams slugged away at each other.

“He was good and he was solid,” said Claude Julien. “You need good goaltending in the playoffs, but until the third period it was a pretty good tilt from our end about not giving up that many shots. But they came out in the third a desperate team, down 4-1, and we knew they were going to throw everything at us.

“We needed good goaltending, and tired to minimize the scoring chances and be patient. But that power play goal at the beginning of the third period certainly gave them some life.”