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BRUINS 14-3-3 (31 pts) VS. MAPLE LEAFS 15-9-0 (30 pts)
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9:41 p.m. - Postgame Snapshots - FINAL: BOS 4, TOR 2
Bruins Snap Skid: The Bruins improve to 15-3-3 and snap a two game skid with a win over the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight. The B's will look to carry their momentum into Saturday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Khudobin Gets the Win: Anton Khudobin earned his first victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight and improves his record to 4-1-0. Despite giving up a late third period goal, Khudobin remained calm in the third and stopping the rest of the shots on net.
Seguin's Empty Netter: Tyler Seguin gave the Bruins breathing room with 14.6 seconds remaining in the third with an empty net goal. That goal marks Seguin's second goal of the game and his seventh on the year.
Leafs Within One: The Leafs didn't show any signs of quitting throughout the third and the tenacity brought them within one goal of the B's, with just under five minutes remaining. Toronto's Grabovski converted on his seventh goal of the season, which is his 14th goal in 28 games against the Bruins in his career. Grabovski leads all Leafs in points against Boston with 17, after that goal.
McQuaid Scrum: After the Leafs Colton Orr landed a big hit on Gregory Campbell, Orr quickly dropped the gloves and threw a couple punches at an approaching Adam McQuaid who was skating in on the play, but McQuaid did not oblige Orr's invitation. It wasn't clear why Orr dropped the gloves, but one could assume it was in an attempt to spark his team who found themselves down two goals. Orr was sent to the box for two minutes on a roughing penalty.
B's Postgame Coverage: Stay tuned for our postgame coverage and follow us on Twitter @NHLBruins for quotes from the B's locker room and Head Coach Claude Julien.
Next Game: The Bruins play again in a matinee game this Saturday, against the Philadelphia Flyers at 1:00 p.m. at TD Garden.
8:48 p.m. - 2nd Intermission Snapshots - BOS 3, TOR 1
B's Start the 3rd on the PK - The Bruins will start the third period with 12 seconds left on the penalty to kill after the Seguin was sent to the box for a slashing penalty. The Bruins are 3-3 on the penalty kill tonight.
Krejci's Rebound - With just under two minutes remaining, David Krejci expertly positioned himself in front of the net and was able to gobble up an Andrew Ference shot, who jumped in the play from the top of the circle, and put it home for his sixth of the season. That assist was Ference's fifth of the season. Also earning and assist on the play was Milan Lucic, which marks his ninth helper on the year.
Seguin Scores Go-Ahead - Tyler Seguin was able to put the Bruins up 2-1 in the second period, who was found all alone by Brad Marchand who thew him a beautiful cross-ice pass. Seguin's sixth goal of the season was assisted by Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron at 7:11. Over the last nine game the Marchand-Bergeron-Seguin line have converted for 13 goals and 22 assists producing a total of 35 points.
Boychuk's Big Hit - With 8:55 left in the second period, Johnny Boychuk stepped up from the right defense position to the blue line and landed a heavy open-ice hit on James van Riemsdyk who was caught looking behind. Arguably the best hit of the night earned a huge roar of approval from the sellout crowd at TD Garden.
Khudobin Saves Another - Khudodbin added another highlight reel save glove-side, stopping a Kulemin wrist shot, who was just just coming out of the box after serving a two minutes minor penalty. A few minutes later, Khudobin stopped a tipped puck from Van Riemsdyk, keeping the game knotted 1-1. Another great sequence by Khudobin was five minutes left in the second period, the Leafs threw a barrage of shots on goal that caused a scramble in front of the net, but Khudobin remained calm and the B's were left unscathed.
Seguin's Bounce - Another great scoring chance for the B's came off Seguin dumping a puck into the corner, that ending up taking Bruin-friendly bounce, squeaking in right underneath Leafs goaltender Ben Scrivens. Horton was in front and hacked away the puck to try and put it in, but Scrivens was able to lay on the puck before Horton could do any damage.
Kadri Ties It - At 1:22 into into the second period, Marchand and Phaneuf had a shoving match right in front of the Leafs bench leading to matching minors and each spending two minutes in the box. Both teams went on to play four-on-four hockey when about a minute later, Leafs forward Nazem Kadri converted on his 11th goal of the season to give him six goals in his last four games.
7:48 p.m. - 1st Intermission Snapshots - BOS 1, TOR 0
Bergy Scores - Patrice Bergeron connected on his sixth goal of the year on a rebound from Tyler Seguin, who tried to hammer the puck in just a split second earlier. The goal came with just 53 seconds remaining in the first period to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead to start the second. With that assist, Seguin continues his point-per-game streak against the Leafs. A lot of elements that went into that play, as Chris Kelly took the faceoff vs Phil Kessel and then went right off the ice for a line change. Seguin came flying on, as Brad Marchand was putting in the work battling along the boards and then kicked the puck out to the blueline, where more battling ensued. No. 19 streaked to the blueline, stripped the puck and sped in on Ben Scrivens, who stopped the initial shot in close, before Bergeron followed up for the tally.
Khudobin's First vs Leafs - Tonight's start against the Toronto Maple Leafs is the first of Khudobin's career against the Northeast Division foe. Khudobin was solid in the first period stopping 10 shots, including two highlight-reel a saves from a point blank Phil Kessel and Tyler Bozak shot. The save on Bozak came when the B's were killing off a two man disadvantage.
McQuaid Drops the Gloves: 6'4'' 197-pound Adam McQuaid (3rd fight of the year) and 6'4'' 220-pound Mark Fraser (6th fight of the year) squared off at 3:23 into the first period. The first 15 seconds after the two dropped gloves was spent sizing each other up before dozens of punches were thrown between the two bruisers. The fight was sparked after Fraser put a hard hit on Jay Pandolfo which sent him to the ice and into the boards. Fraser is no stranger to dropping the gloves against the B's, fighting Lane MacDermid twice on Feb. 2, in the Bruins 1-0 win. Both players received cheers from their respective benches upon exiting the penalty box for their efforts.
Bruins PK Tested - At 10:25 into the first Chris Kelly received two minutes for slashing after breaking Phil Kessels stick. A short time later, Daniel Paille was called for a high stick at 12:03 on Toronto's Phaneuf, putting the Bruins down two men. The B's were able to kill off the penalties to Paille and Kelly (Two of which are deemed to be among the B's best penalty killers) keeping the Leafs scoreless.
Kelly and Poldolfo Almost Convert- The best chance of the first period for the Bruins came when the B;s reigned consecutive shots with about two minutes left in the period. Two of those scoring chances came from Kelly and Pandolfo who were just inches from converting on Toronto goaltender Ben Scrivens.
6:45 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots:
Matchup: The Bruins come into tonight one point ahead of the Maple Leafs in the Northeast Division. The B's will look to snap a two game skid after suffering losses to the Montreal Canadians and Washington Capitals earlier this week, while the Leafs look to continue their three-game winning streak.
Goalie Dual: Khudobin (3-1-0, 2.52 GAA, .906 Save %) vs. Scrivens (6-6-0, 2.41 GAA, .923 Save %). This will be Khudobin’s first game against Toronto. Scrivens is 0-1-0 with an 8.57 GAA and .643 Save % in one career game against Boston.
Lineup: The B's line rushes were as following:
Chris Bourque was placed on waivers by the Bruins earlier today for assignment to Providence and was not on the ice for warm-ups. It appears that Aaron Johnson and Lane MacDermid will be the healthy scratches.
Seguin's Success vs. Leafs: B's forward Tyler Seguin will look to continue his point-per-game pace he has against the Leafs, registering 13 points (8-5=13) in 13 games lifetime.
Bruins Streaking: With his goal on March 5 against Washington, rookie defenseman Dougie Hamilton extended his current point streak to four games and goal streak to two games, registering 2-2=4 totals during that time. Brad Marchand continues to stay hot for the B’s, and is riding a point streak of his own tallying 2-3=5 totals in his last three games.
Bourque Placed on Waivers: Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the team has placed forward Chris Bourque on waivers for the purpose of assignment to Providence. For the full release, click here.
Fun Fact: Four Bruins players were among the top 20 best selling NHL jersey's for the month of February. Captain Zdeno Chara led the way coming it at number 10 with Tyler Seguin and Milan Lucic close behind at 13th and 14th, respectively. Rounding out the Bruins represented is Brad Marchand listed at 20th. The Bruins and Penguins (Crosby 3rd, Malkin 6th, Neal 7th, Letang 15th) combined for eight of the 20 players on the list.
Special Teams Comparison:
Boston: 10-for-63 on the PP (15.9%, 20th in NHL), 76-for-83 on the PK (91.1%, 1st in NHL)
Toronto: 16-for-91 on the PP (17.6, 14th in NHL), 63-for-76 on the PK (82.9, 13th in NHL)