The mistakes from game since past are in the past, the Boston Bruins came out gunning tonight to make sure they didn’t let themselves slip into a losing streak. The faced off against a streaking Toronto Maple Leafs who by all means should have had this game in the bag with the way they have been playing. But that would not be the case, as a two goal, three point performance from Tyler Seguin put the Bruins ahead of the Leafs, and now ahead of all other’s in the Eastern Conference.
The Bruins opened up the scoring late in the first period with a tap in goal by Patrice Bergeron off a rebound chance from Seguin. The Bruins broke through the Leaf’s poor defensive layers to lay a stinger on the Leafs. It would remain 1-0 Boston until Nazem Kadri continued his hot streak scoring his 11th of the season to tie the game 1-1. The Bruins weren’t about to fall down here, David Krejci and Tyler Seguin netted goals in the second period to give the Bruins a 3-1 lead going into the third period. Jay McClement would cut the lead to one 14:52 into the third period but when Scrivens made a break for the bench, Seguin capitalized and netted an empty net goal that ultimately proved to be the dagger and the Bruins came out on top 4-2.
Anton Khudobin was given the nod for tonight’s game and played a very combative game letting in 2 goals on 27 shots. He posted a .926 SV% and has been proving himself to be a reliable back up goalie for the B’s. Ben Scrivens was given the start for the Leafs and while he wasn’t horrible, certainly has seen better games letting in 3 goals on 24 shots and posting a .875 SV%.
The Bruins penalty kill returned to form killing two 5-on-4 situations and a 5-on-3. The Powerplay however is still out of form, letting 3 powerplays slip through their hands. Tonight’s game wasn’t the most poorly called game in the world, although all things considered Colton Orr should have gotten more for jumping Adam McQuaid who didn’t even want to fight him in the first place. The powerplay struggles continue but the powerplay did look very sharp tonight, the Leafs PK had a flash of brilliance when needed but things were clicking for the first time in awhile. Yes, the team DID have a powerplay goal against Washington and things have been looking up, but inconsistency remains for the man advantage.
The Bruins will play again in a matinee with their inter-conference enemy the Philadelphia Flyers who are looking to overtake the Rangers and get back into the playoff race.