March 19, 2012

Gameday Blog: Bruins vs. Leafs

SECOND INTERMISSION

SCORE
TOR - 0
BOS - 7

SHOTS
TOR - 7
BOS - 17

There are a number of things I never expected to see in life. One of them was a team having an equal number of shots and goals against through forty minutes of play.

That's exactly what the Leafs have pulled off though, as Toronto has allowed seven tallies and put just seven pucks on net. 

While Tim Thomas was busy doing jumping jacks and other calisthenics to stay warm, Benoit Pouliot scored his second of the night, Zdeno Chara buried a power-play goal and Brian Rolston upped his total to four points on the evening.

With five saves on eight shots, Gustavsson's .625 save percentage is still narrowly ahead of starter James Reimer's.

FIRST INTERMISSION

SCORE
TOR - 0
BOS - 4

SHOTS
TOR - 2
BOS - 9

Twenty minutes are in the books here at the Garden, but the Leafs probably wish all 60 had ticked off the clock by this point.

Boston opened the scoring at the 2:25 mark. The Leafs turned the puck over and Benoit Pouliot found Chris Kelly open in front. The center went backhand and waited out James Reimer before depositing the puck into the back of the net.

The B's doubled their lead just 3:15 later, as Reimer did a terrible job of sliding back to the far post on a wraparound attempt, enabling Greg Campbell to tuck one in to make it 2-0.

With 10:58 gone, and the Leafs still without a shot on goal, Benoit Pouliot tipped a shot by Boychuk past Reimer to make it 3-0. 

Reimer was beat for a fourth time when Brad Marchand buried a cross-crease feed from Tyler Seguin. 

It took until the 12:19 mark for the Leafs to put a puck on net.

Jonas Gustavsson replaced Reimer after the fourth goal. In the final seven-plus minutes, he didn't (technically) face any shots.

PREGAME NOTES

STARTING GOALTENDERS: Thomas (30-18-0, 2.46 GAA, .919 Save %) vs.
Reimer (13-12-4, 2.96 GAA, .903 Save %). Thomas is 19-6-5 with a 2.83
GAA and .911 Save % with three shutouts in 31 career games against
Toronto. Reimer is 3-2-0 with a 2.76 GAA and .919 Save % in five career
games against Boston.

THORNTON EXTENDED: GM Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has
signed forward Shawn Thornton to a two-year contract extension through
the 2013-14 season. The 34-year-old Thornton signed with the Bruins as a
free agent on July 1, 2007 and has skated in 359 regular season games
with the Black & Gold. As a member of the Bruins, he has registered 25
goals, 37 assists and 601 penalty minutes and set career highs in goals,
assists and points last year with 10-10=20 totals. For his career, the
6’2’’, 217-pound winger has played in 438 NHL games with the
Bruins, Blackhawks and Ducks with 29-43=72 totals and 759 penalty
minutes.

BOYCHUK NAMED MASTERTON NOMINEE: The Boston Chapter of the PHWA
(Professional Hockey Writers Association) announced today that Bruins
defenseman Johnny Boychuk is the Bruins’ nominee for this year’s
Masterton Trophy. The Masterton Trophy is given to the “player who
best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and
dedication to hockey.” Through hard work and a refusal to give up,
Boychuk has established himself as an everyday NHL defenseman after
paying his dues in the AHL for six seasons with five different teams.

“Johnny Boychuk always has a smile on his face off the ice, and
always has his sleeves rolled up ready for work on the ice. Paying his
dues with six seasons of AHL bus rides exemplifies the kind of
perseverance that the Masterton Trophy has always stood for,” said
Boston PHWA Chapter Chair Joe Haggerty. “Just as Shawn Thornton was a
perfect nominee last year, Boychuk fits the Masterton mold this
season.”