Tonight the Bruins looked for their eighth straight victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs and their second win in a row. Unfortunately, despite late efforts from the majority of the team, they were unable to overcome a three-goal deficit and lost by a final score of 3-2.
The Maple Leafs were able to get on the board first as Kadri beat Anton Khudobin for his fourteenth goal of the season. On the next shift Shawn Thornton would try to get the team going as he squared off against Colton Orr, unfortunately resulting in a draw as Shawn took a knee and the refs stepped in. Not exactly the kind of ‘momentum’ you want, but it was a solid effort. Despite picking up the pace with outstanding efforts from Daniel Paille and Patrice Bergeron, the Bruins went into the locker room down 1-0 with hopes that they could right the ship in the remaining forty minutes.
The Bruins picked up the pace a little more and created a lot more opportunities in front of James Reimer, but were unable to convert them to the score board. Their best opportunities came from the Patrice Bergeron line with Seguin showing his speed and finesse while his team mates backed him up. Despite outshooting their opponent 20-9 through forty minutes, the Leafs found a way to beat Khudobin again in the opening minutes and keep the score 2-0 through the rest of the middle frame.
Being down by a pair the Bruins went into the third period in much of the same fashion as they did against Ottawa hoping to come from behind and pull out a victory. This time, it proved to be too much and despite valiant efforts from the entire team, the Leafs would net another goal. 1:56 later the Bruins were able to answer back to cut the lead to 2, and in the final minute and a half Andrew Ference brought them within one. With the man advantage they dominated in the offensive zone and held the puck to the blue line, but were unable to convert and wound up losing by a total of 3-2.
The Bruins now head back to Boston to take on the Maple Leafs once more in hopes of redemption and revenge with a face off time set for 7:30PM. The game is being aired on NESN and can also be heard on 98.5 the Sports Hub.