B’s Second Line Turns it Up Against Toronto

After dropping two games in a row, the only way for the Boston Bruins to improve would naturally be to win. To do so they would have to get passed the Toronto Maple Leafs, a team that hasn’t beaten the Bruins in seven straight games.

Anton Khudobin would get his fifth not of the season in net  against  the Leafs’ Ben Scrivens.

Dobby would be the B’s starter tonight! (Credit: Flickr/ Steph Vail)

Here’s a breakdown of the game:

Well it took 2 minutes and 33 seconds for a fight to break out. Adam McQuaid took offense to Mark Fraser hitting Jay Pandolfo from behind so he took matters into his own hands. This is Quaiders third fight of the season. In a very lackluster first period, the Leafs would get the first chance of a PP goal after a Chris Kelly slashing call on Phil Kessel. And then the Bruins would give the Leafs an even better chance at a PP goal with a 5-on-3 for 22 seconds thanks to Daniel Paille and highsticking. But they were up against the NHL’s best penalty kill so they got nothing out of it. Can I just say that I don’t know where the B’s would be without the second line of Patrice BergeronBrad Marchand,  and Tyler Seguin? With 53 seconds left Bergy would score with both his line mates picking up the assist. The Bruins would finish the first up by 1.

Second period would kick off with a 4-on-4 due a roughing call on Marchy and Dion PhaneufNazem Kadri would continue his scoring streak and tie up the game off of this call. They took advantage of a two on one and got the puck passed Dobby. Nikolai Kulemin would get an interference call after going after the forever precious Dougie Hamilton giving the B’s their first PP of the night. The Bruins in case you didn’t already know are last in the NHL in terms of PP goals. Given that stat, it makes sense that they wouldn’t get the PP goal. Remember our glorious second line? They were back at it again this time with Seguin getting the goal. Cue the “thank you Kessel” chants. With 1:57 left in the second, David Krejci would give the B’s a 3-1 lead, with Andrew Ference and Milan Lucic getting the assists. Seggy would get a slashing call and the Leafs would finish off the second on a power play.

Third period would start with a Bruins power play…I really wish I could pretend to be excited about a man advantage. Well as soon as the PP ended, the B’s would get a second chance off a Colton Orr roughing call. Orr looked like he was instigating but apparently you can rough around with your gloves off. That power play was useless like basically every single other Bruins power play chance. With a little over five to go, the Leafs would cut the B’s lead to one with a goal from Mikhail Grabovski. I love my Bruins but this sluggish third period performing as of late has got to stop! With less than a minute Toronto would pull their goalie to try and tie up the game but Seguin would take advantage of it to make a 4-2 game.

This is the 8th straight win for the Boston Bruins against the Toronto Maple Leafs. And the lose streak is officially over for the B’s THANKFULLY! Boston is off tomorrow but  the boys will return to the ice Saturday at 1pm to face off against the Philadelphia Flyers.


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