March 19, 2012

Bruins put on clinic, thrash Leafs 8-0

By Jesse Connolly

Final: Boston 8 (lol), Toronto 0

Recap: One could easily write a recap of novel length, but why waste valuable time and energy? Boston got four goals in the opening frame as Benoit Pouliot, Chris Kelly, Greg Campbell and Brad Marchand tallied to chase James Reimer.

Jonas Gustavsson didn't fare much better, allowing four goals on 15 shots throughout the rest of his evening. At the end of the second period, Boston had seven goals. The Leafs? They had seven shots. There's your story.

Tim Thomas cruised to the easiest shutout in NHL history, stopping all 13 (lol) shots he faced as Boston romped the Leafs 8-0.

Key Play of the Game: Jeez, this question's always tough in blowouts. We'll go with the very moment James Reimer decided to be absent the day they taught goaltending at goaltending school (lol). 

Connolly's Commendations: Brian Rolston is in absolute beast mode for the Black and Gold. The wily vet came in with a two-game point streak and exploded with a four-point night (one goal, three assists), tying a career high. 

His linemate, Benoit Pouliot, also had a spectacular evening against the helpless Leafs, tallying twice and chipping in a helper. It was his first two-goal game as a Bruin and second three-point game for the B's.

Kudos have to go to Thomas. The Leafs had seven shots in forty minutes (lol), and the 37-year-old netminder didn't fall asleep once.

Connolly's Critiques: Moving on...

Notes: The Bruins have now won two straight for just the second time since January (lol). Tonight was Claude Julien's 400th game behind the B's bench.

Final Thoughts: The Leafs have been remarkably good at lifting the Bruins' spirits all season (lol) and that was no different on Monday at the Garden. The thrashing of the Leafs should be a good pick-me-up for the Black and Gold.

Next: The Bruins will take on the Sharks out in San Jose on Thursday night.