Bruins Slashed Any Chance Of Leaf’s Revenge
The Bruins took on the Maple Leafs at the TD Garden on Saturday night for the first time since their epic comeback in game seven of the 2013 playoffs. Despite an even-strength match, the Bruins came out on top in a 3-1 victory.
Action began early in the game when Adam McQuaid dropped the gloves with Toronto left winger Frazer McLaren. The fight sparked the Bruin’s squad. Both the first and third line dominated the first period, with a notable over-minute long shift by the first line.
“We had some great zone time and were able to, felt like we were starting to read off each other a little more as far as jump to some spots and get some good looks.” Jerome Iginla said about his line’s dominant play. “We’ve had some good chances this year, we’ve had some good shifts.”
The first goal arrived at 5:47 on a Bruin’s power play. With a pass from Torey Krug, Jerome Iginla shot the puck off the side of James Reimer’s pad, picked up the rebound, and passed it to Zdeno Chara who tapped it in past an out-of-position Reimer.
“When he’s around the net he’s getting more and more comfortable at either screening or opening up to get into position to either tip or shoot a puck in.” Coach Claude Julien said about Chara postgame. “So I thought he was a really good player for us tonight which is one of the players that was probably a game changer.”
Another fight came early in the second period when Iginla took on David Clarkson. The Leafs were dominant in the second period. Joffrey Lupul netted the Leaf’s first goal with only three minutes left.
A power play carried into the third from the second, the Bruins scored their second goal of the night. Riley Smith (who is now on a four game point streak) drove the puck at Reimer’s pad. Carl Soderberg picked up the rebound and tried to put the puck glove side, but was denied. Patrice Bergeron found the puck after Soderberg’s chance and easily put it past a sprawled out Reimer.
An empty net goal by Bergeron would seal the deal for the Bruins in their victory over the Leafs. The Bruins will take on the Tampa Bay Lightening on Monday at 1:00 PM at the TD Garden.
*Adam McQuaid was injured during Saturday night’s game and is not expected to be in the lineup on Monday.