March 6, 2012

Gameday Blog: Bruins vs. Leafs


BOS - 5
TOR - 3

BOS - 24
TOR - 17

The Bruins and Leafs combined for six goals in the middle frame as Boston grabbed a 5-3 lead. Let the lengthy recap begin:

John-Michael Liles scored 57 seconds into the second period on the power play, puting Toronto ahead 2-1.

Just 1:05 later, Zdeno Chara stickhandled through multiple Toronto players and put one past Gustavsson. The goal was later credited to Tyler Seguin.

A mere 41 ticks later, Chris Kelly cleaned up a rebound on the doorstep and made it 3-2.

A spirted bout between Jay Rosehill and Shawn Thornton ensued after the faceoff.

With 8:36 gone, Colby Armstrong got Dennis Seidenberg to get in a rare fight. The German blueliner simply pummeled the Leafs winger into submission.

Boston got an extra penalty, and after Patrice Bergeron took a silly tripping call in the offensive end, Toronto earned a two-man advantage. They capitalized when Phil Kessel buried one behind Thomas, who should've had it but let it slip out of his glove and past the line.

The B's stayed strong, however, as Jordan Caron buried his second goal of the game and earned his third point of the night when he buried a cross-crease feed from Chara.

With 3:51 remaining, Seguin got his second of the night when he snapped home a feed from Milan Lucic. Greg Zanon picked up an assist to earn his first point as a Bruin.

At the end of the frame, Tim Connolly took umbrage with Brad Marchand. The two dropped the gloves, then Connolly dropped Marchand, picking up No. 63 and slamming him to the ice.


BOS - 1
TOR - 1

BOS - 12
TOR - 7

Twenty minutes are in the books up in Toronto where the Bruins and Leafs are tied 1-1.

The Leafs took an early lead, striking at the 3:01 mark. Carl Gunnarsson buried a nice feed from Tim Connolly (no relation, unfortunately), wristing one past Tim Thomas to put Toronto up 1-0.

The two teams then played some pretty lifeless hockey until Boston picked up the pace in the second half of the opening frame.

With 6:02 left, Benoit Pouliot got a couple whacks at a loose puck near the post before Jordan Caron swept in and put it behind Jonas Gustavsson to make it 1-1. Caron now has three points in the last three periods of hockey.

Hits were even at 17 (!) apiece in the first period, while Toronto won 8-of-14 faceoffs. I put that exclamation point because 17 is just a ridiculous number. Breathing on an opponent clearly counts as a hit up at the ACC.