Tonight’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs was a must win game and there is no way around that. In this season’s series the Bruins went into the game winning the last four against Toronto so the question was could the B’s grab a 5th win and pick up two points? The answer to that is YES as the B’s beat Toronto 5-4.
With Tuukka Rask out for 4-6 weeks, and waivers waiting to be cleared for Marty Turco, it was Tim Thomas in net. Thomas made 35 saves and was able to pick up the W. But I’m really hoping the goalie situation gets an update tomorrow in that will we or won’t we have Turco.
Toronto was the first to get on the scoreboard three minutes into the first thanks to a wrist shot by Carl Gunnarsson. 11 minutes later, Jordan Caron tied it up with assists from Beniot Pouliot and Joe Corvo. Spoiler alert, this would not be the end of Caron’s night. But this would be the end of goals in the first period.
Second period thanks to a hooking penalty on Brad Marchand, John-Michael Liles scored a power play goal and got the Leaf’s up. Just as long as it took me to write that sentence, Tyler Seguin evened it up though from first glance it looked like Zdeno Chara got the goal. Regardless, that goal marked Chara’s 200th career point. 41 seconds later off a beautiful pass from Jordan Caron, Chris Kelly scores making it 3-2 Boston.
Before I keep going, I have to mention the two fights that happened in this period. The first between Shawn Thornton and Jay Rosehill which marked Thornton’s 18th fighting major of the season. Oh and secured his first place lead in fighting majors in the NHL. The second fight was between Dennis “The Hammer” Seidenberg and Colby Armstrong. Needless to say Seidenberg rocked Armstrong’s world and he was out for the rest of the game.
But now back to the goals. Patrice Bergeron goes to the box for tripping and the infamous Phil Kessel scores his 33rd of the season on a power play. Ties are no fun though so Jordan Caron decided to notch another goal at 13:33 thanks to Chara and Bergeron. Three goals in two games for Caron, sounds good to me! Caron’s room mate, Tyler Seguin, then scored his second goal of the game 3 minutes later. This was Seggy’s 3rd career 2 goal game. THANK YOU KESSEL! (sorry that’ll never get old.
Then came the third period which I gotta be honest made me nervous. Being up by 2 goals is nice and all but with the way the team has played I can no longer breathe easy watching any game. 13:13 into the third Mikhail Grabovski make it a one goal game. Which THANKFULLY the Bruins held on to.
The three stars of the game were:
1st: Tyler Seguin
2nd: Jordan Caron
3rd: John-Michael Liles
After the game, Seguin said:
“I thought that tonight was an all around a great team effort…and it’s nice to walk around with the 2 points”(Via NHLBruins)
That it is. The Bruins return to the ice on Thursday to face off against the Buffalo Sabres. Check back with A Cup A Bruin tomorrow for coverage on Marty Turco!