NHL Game Summary - Boston at Toronto|
(Saturday, March 23rd)
Final Score: Toronto 3, Boston 2
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Nazem Kadri, Mikhail Grabovski and Frazer
McLaren all scored goals and Toronto held off a late Boston comeback effort to
earn a 3-2 decision at the Air Canada Centre, the Maple Leafs' first win over
the rival Bruins in nearly two full years.
James Reimer came up with 31 saves to help Toronto halt a string of eight
straight regulation losses to the Bruins since a 4-3 shootout triumph at TD
Garden on Mar. 31, 2011, despite the Leafs being outshot by a 33-13 margin by
their fellow Northeast Division inhabitants.
Boston trailed 3-0 before getting third-period goals from Dennis Seidenberg
and Andrew Ference, the last coming with 1:16 remaining, but couldn't overcome
the sizeable deficit and was dealt its third loss in its last four outings.
"The way we gave up the three goals -- they were mistakes," Boston head coach
Claude Julien said.
Bruins netminder Anton Khudobin stopped only 8-of-11 shots before being pulled
in favor of Tuukka Rask early in the third period.
The Leafs recorded just four shots in the first period and five in the second,
but still managed to take a 2-0 lead into the final intermission by converting
a couple of scoring chances and getting good work between the pipes from
A defensive breakdown put Boston in a quick hole, as Kadri got in alone on
Khudobin after receiving a pinpoint feed from Clarke MacArthur and deposited
the puck in the net just 4:58 after the opening faceoff.
Toronto struck suddenly in the second as well, with Grabovski firing a wrister
from the right circle that made its way through a partially screened Khudobin
at the 2:52 mark of the frame.
Reimer came up with 20 stops over the initial 40 minutes and was given some
additional support with another early goal in the third period, as McLaren
snuck a backhander between Khudobin's pads from in close with 1:34 elapsed in
"Any time you can contribute, especially on the scoresheet and it turns out to
be a game-winner, it's a good confidence boost," McLaren said.
Boston finally got on the board just 56 seconds later after Seidenberg's drive
from the right point crossed the goal line through traffic.
The goal appeared to give the Bruins new life, as Dougie Hamilton nearly cut
Toronto's lead to one with a blast that clanked off the post less than four
minutes after Seidenberg scored. Ference didn't miss on his late try, though,
with the defenseman's slap shot deflecting off a Leafs defender and past
Reimer to create a 3-2 game with 1:16 left.
Rask was pulled for an extra attacker with a minute to go, but Reimer
preserved the win with a pair of saves in the final 12 seconds.
Hall of Famer and former Leafs captain Mats Sundin performed a ceremonial puck
drop prior to the game's start ... Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk missed the
game after taking a shot to the leg in Boston's win at Ottawa on Thursday.
Matt Bartkowski, recalled from AHL Providence on Friday, took his place in the
lineup ... Toronto forward Joffrey Lupul served the last of a two-game
suspension for an illegal check on Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman in Wednesday's
matchup with the Lightning ... Kadri now has three goals and six assists
during a four-game point streak ... Grabovski's goal was his 14th against the
Bruins for his career, his most against any opponent.
03/24 02:11:31 ET