Lucas Viveiros | Report
The Toronto Maple Leafs were pushed away from their game-plan on Saturday night in Boston, falling to the Bruins by a final score of 6-3.
Boston came into the anticipated match with a depleted lineup knowing that to be successful against Toronto they would need to be aggressive and get them off their typical speed game.
The Bruins sent this message a mere 13 seconds into the hockey game when Charlie McAvoy crosschecked Mitch Marner directly from behind, resulting in a Leafs power-play attempt.
However, the first goal of the game wouldn’t come until some four on four hockey with 8:40 left in the first, as David Pastrnak slid a quick feed to Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, who tipped the puck just by Frederik Andersen to put the Bruins ahead 1-0.
Boston would double down on that lead 8:54 into the second period when David Backes was left alone in the slot on the Bruins power-play, and snapped one past Andersen to give the B’s a 2-0 lead.
The Bruins weren’t done there however, as with only 2:15 remaining in the middle period, Torey Krug would fire one through a screened Andersen, and make it 3-0 Boston heading into the final 20 minutes of play.
The onslaught would continue just a minute and 47 seconds into the third period, as Toronto’s third defense pairing of Dermott and Ozhiganov would get tied up and leave Danton Heinen all alone on Andersen, making a quick deke and beating the Leafs goaltender blocker side, extending the lead to four.
The Maple Leafs would finally respond and get on the scoresheet with Travis Dermott’s second goal of the season, as the Buds blue-liner picked the corner on Halak to cut the lead to 4-1.
Boston would respond briskly, only 40 seconds afterward, crushing the Leafs hope of any type of comeback bid with David Krejci burying one on a quick counterattack by the B’s, making the score 5-1.
Then, just over a minute and a half after Krejci’s tally, Ryan Donato would find the scoresheet, chipping one by Andersen on one he would love to have back, cementing the lead at 6-1.
Auston Matthews would register a tally to keep up with his goal a game pace (now 16 goals in 16 games), and following the goal, Zach Hyman would level Charlie McAvoy, perhaps in response to McAvoy’s earlier hit on Marner, and the frustration of the current score.
In retaliation of the hit, Bruins d-man Matt Grzelcyk would drop the gloves with Hyman, as the two would battle it out with the fisticuffs.
Following the nonsense, Bruins tough guy Chris Wagner would go after Morgan Rielly with a high hit, that seemed to be intentional.
In defense of his teammate, Ron Hainsey would then drop the gloves and mix it up with Wagner.
The Maple Leafs would then score a few minutes later on the power-play, as Andreas Johnsson would roof one overtop of the outstretched Halak to make it 6-3, but that’s as close as the Leafs would get.
Revisit the game’s highlights below.
Next, Toronto will move on to another difficult building to win in, that being in Carolina on Tuesday evening.
Puck drop is set for 7:00pm from PNC Arena, and can be seen on TSN4.
More news from the ice
- Zach Hyman received a two game suspension for his late hit on Bruins defender Charlie McAvoy
- John Tavares will skate in his 700th career game on Tuesday
- These two teams will play one final regular season game against each other on January 12 in Toronto
- Toronto will look to avoid losing three straight games on Tuesday, as the club has yet to have a losing streak longer than two games this season
Out of town scoreboard
Saturday, December 8th
Philadelphia 6 Buffalo 2
Vegas 1 Los Angeles 5
Pittsburgh 1 Ottawa 2 (OT)
NY Islanders 3 Detroit 2
Colorado 1 Tampa Bay 7
NY Rangers 5 Florida 4 (SO)
Washington 4 Columbus 0
San Jose 5 Arizona 3
Nashville 2 Calgary 5
More coverage to follow. Image from Boston Sports Journal.