Lucas Viveiros | Report
Saturday evening didn’t go as planned for the Toronto Maple Leafs, as the team fell victim to a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of the Boston Bruins.
David Pastrnak lead the Bruins with a hat-trick and four points, as Boston’s top unit of Marchand, Bergeron, and Pastrnak proved to be too much to handle for the Buds.
Toronto started the game “on time” as coach Babcock would say, as the Leafs outshot the Bruins 20-5 to open up the contest.
But the Maple Leafs failed to convert any of those shots and chances into goals, and on the second night of a back-to-back it was imperative to get some offense early.
Boston would head into the first intermission up 1-0 despite being clearly outplayed, as perennial Leaf ‘killer’ Patrice Bergeron would tip home a Pastrnak pass past Leafs goaltender Garret Sparks.
As a result, Boston would then push a lot harder in the second period, especially their top line, which forced havoc on the Buds blue line.
Just 5:46 into the second frame, Bergeron would return the favour to his teammate, setting up Pastrnak on a pass that only a handful of NHL players could accomplish, and watching him let a laser go into the top of the netting.
The B’s would then make it a 3-0 lead on the power-play, as Pastrnak banged home the loose puck after he was left uncovered by Nikita Zaitsev backdoor at 10:34 of the second.
John Tavares would finally get the Leafs on the board and appear to give his team some life after he tucked home a beautiful four-pass play on the power-play with only 30 seconds to play in the second.
Toronto would have a few key chances early in the third period, but they couldn’t seem to figure out how to beat Halak.
Mr. Pastrnak would make the Buds pay, scoring another on the power-play, completing the hat-trick and killing the hopes of a Leaf comeback at 4-1.
Just to add insult to injury, Bruins forward Joakim Nordstrom would make it 5-1 only 26 seconds after Pastrnak’s hat-trick goal.
On the play, Nordstrom weakly wristed one through the legs of Sparks, on one any NHL goaltender should stop routinely.
Boston would eat up the last five minutes of the clock, not giving the Leafs anything more, as the final score was 5-1.
Revisit the game’s highlights below.
Up next the Maple Leafs will embark on a road trip to California, with the first stop paying a visit to Drew Doughty and the Los Angeles Kings.
Puck drop is set for 10:30pm from Staples Center, and can be seen on Sportsnet.
More news from the ice
- This was Toronto’s first road loss of the season (now with a 6-1-0 record away from Scotiabank Arena)
- Five goals was the most allowed by the Maple Leafs since Oct. 29 when they fell 3-1 to Calgary
- Toronto had 20 shots on goal in the first period of a road game for the first time since March 23, 2007 against the Buffalo Sabres
- In his third start of the season, Garret Sparks made 29 saves on 34 shots, registering his first loss of the campaign
- David Pastrnak has scored the highest percentage of his team’s goals, currently at 30.2% (16 of 53)
- Pastrnak is also only the third player in Bruins history to register a regular season and playoff hat-trick against the Maple Leafs (other two: Phil Esposito and David Krejci)
Out of town scoreboard
Saturday, November 10
Vancouver 3 Buffalo 4 (SO)
Chicago 0 Philadelphia 4
Nashville 5 Dallas 4 (OT)
Vegas 4 Montreal 5
Ottawa 6 Tampa Bay 4
NY Islanders 2 Florida 4
Arizona 0 Pittsburgh 4
Detroit 4 Carolina 3 (SO)
NY Rangers 5 Columbus 4 (SO)
Calgary 1 Los Angeles 0
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