The Boston Bruins began a four game road stand with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Saturday night. The Bruins entered Toronto, Ontario on a five-game losing streak. With the Red Wings losing 7-2 to the Penguins, the B’s had a chance to take a 3 point lead over the Wings.
With a lot on the line, the black and gold didn’t get off to the start that they were hoping for. After some early chances for both teams, the game settled down a bit. But with about 3 minutes to go in the first period, the Maple Leafs buried their first, (and only) goal of the evening.
Shots for the first period of play, ended at 11-9 TOR.
After a disappointing end to the beginning period, you have to assume that HC Claude Julien was all over the guys for having a hard time. Well, they answered the call. Roughly 3 minutes into the start of the second, Patrice Bergeron scored his 29th goal of the season on the powerplay to tie the game up at 1 a piece.
This Bergeron goal gave the momentum to the away team, and they did indeed capitalize on it. Almost 4 minutes after that goal, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara snapped a 20 game goalless drought with his 9th of the year. Chara was in front of the net and he netted a backhand rebounder to take the 2-1. *Side Note: David Krejci picked up an assist on both goals while Torey Krug and Frank Vatrano received the other assists on the goals.
Shots for the second period told a different story then the first period, 11-5 BOS.
Desperations levels began to rise in the final period of the hockey game. Boston scored the only goal of the frame, with a late empty net goal from Matt Beleskey. Immediately after the puck crossed the red line, a scrum stirred up with Loui Eriksson, Nazem Kadri, and Morgan Rielly. Just prior to the goal, Nazem Kadri was hit from behind by David Krejci, causing a sudden “boo” across the Air Canada Centre.
At the opposite end of the frozen surface, defenceman Morgan Rielly was also hit from behind by Eriksson, no penalties for either one. Rielly and Kadri were the main combatants in the tussle, while other players came to the aid of their teammates.
- Tuukka Rask – 25 SV – BOS
- Jonathan Bernier – 30 SV – TOR
- Zdeno Chara – 1 G – BOS
Post Game Quotes:
“You want to win and you look at our situation with Detroit losing this afternoon, so this is an opportunity for us to gain some points,” Boston coach Claude Julien said. “It was an important game for us for that reason, but also you don’t want to prolong that streak any more than you had to. That first win is always the toughest, so hopefully we can build on it.” – HC Claude Julien
“We played better, it’s as simple as that,” Chara said. “You can’t really pick one thing than we did better than all those games. Overall, I thought we were better. We were tighter defensively, better offensively, stronger on pucks, more physical. I thought we had a good, strong 60-minute game.” – Zdeno Chara