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Bruins 6, Maple Leafs 2: Final

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:09 AM

Angela Stefano - BostonBruins.com

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Bruins 6, Maple Leafs 2: Final
Boston Bruins 6, Toronto Maple Leafs 2
As Seen on NESN – Despite missing two leading scorers – Marc Savard did not make the trip to Toronto due to injury and Chuck Kobasew was injured early in the first period – the Boston Bruins downed the Toronto Maple Leafs, 6-2, Tuesday night in the first game of a home-and-home series at the Air Canada Centre. 

It was a night for the young players to show off, as Matt Lashoff and Milan Lucic each earned two assists, and David Krejci and Phil Kessel each scored a Boston goal.  Glen Murray, Jeremy Reich, Marco Sturm and Shawn Thornton contributed the other four goals, and Tim Thomas made 28 saves for the win.

Having arrived in the Great White North without Savard and Andrew Ference, the B’s entered the game ready to fight and win, even without the two key players on their bench.

"We've been without key players all year long," said Boston forward Kobasew after pre-game skate. "It's something that is not new to us, and it gives everyone else that extra little opportunity to show what they can do to help the team win."

Boston earned the first power play of the night when Mark Bell was called for roughing 2:24 into the game.

More bad luck in the injury category seemed to plague the B’s early in the man advantage, as Kobasew limped off the rink after getting hit by the puck and falling to the ice in front of the Maple Leafs net.

But that didn’t stop the Bruins from getting the first goal of the game, making the score 1-0 about a minute and a half into the power play, at 3:57, when a shot by Lashoff, recently called up from the AHL once again, deflected off Glen Murray and past Vesa Toskala into the Leafs goal.

“It’s been a while since we’ve played with the lead, and to get that confidence back quickly was nice,” said head coach Claude Julien.  “We knew they were going to be a desperate team, and we had to win it in regulation, and we needed to have a good start, so it was nice to get that goal.”

Aaron Ward was called for hooking at 10:47, giving the Leafs their chance at the man advantage.  A battle for the puck in the right corner of the B’s end of the rink ate up some time and helped Boston keep Toronto at bay

Toronto continued to apply pressure full-force, but solid all-around play from the entire team and good saves by Thomas, including a glove save on a high shot by Alexander Steen at 16:28, allowed the Black & Gold to enter the locker room ahead by one after the first period.

Krejci gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead, with another assist going to Lashoff, when he knocked down a shot and shoved it past Toskala from the crease just 1:12 into the second.

A short scuffle between Kessel and Staffan Kronvall involved some pushing and shoving, but the two were separated by referees before it could escalate.

Darcy Tucker entered the penalty box at 7:24 for hooking after some yelling with the refs, giving the Bruins another chance with the man advantage.

Sturm took that chance and, just under a minute into the power play, at 8:20, tossed the puck into the other side of the net while Toskala was defending the other side, making the score 3-0 Bruins.

Boston would continue to have a man advantage when Bryan McCabe was called for delay of game at 8:20 and earn a 30-second five-on-three as Pavel Kubina garnered a slashing penalty at 9:43.

Despite a good effort by Thomas, the puck found its way into the Boston net during a pile-up at 15:30.  The goal was credited to Jason Blake, making the score 3-1 in favor of the Bruins to end the second period.

Thornton made it 4-1 as he sprinted up ice, beating both Toronto defensemen, and faked out Toaskala to score the goal at 3:05.

“That’s why we call him Sugar Shawn,” said Lucic.  “He put his little bit of sugar into it, and he faked, and I think the move worked because Toskala probably didn’t think he could do something like that.”

Steen headed to the box for goaltender interference at 9:46, but the Leafs held Boston back.

Then, Glen Metropolit was called for tripping at 13:09, and Alexei Ponikarovsky used the power play to score the Leafs second goal of the game at 14:44.

Kessel fought back, though, and made the score 5-2 with 3:45 remaining in the game, prompting Toronto to pull Toskala in favor of an extra player.

Reich scored an empty-net goal with 17 seconds left to make the final score 6-2.

“It’s exactly what we needed to do,” said Lucic.  “We played a full 60-minute game, we were going to net, and we buried our chances.”

Plus, the win was an effort involving the entire Bruins team.

“I think all 20 guys that were out there tonight did a great job,” said Thornton.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:57
BOS
PPG - Glen Murray (16) Deflected shot - ASST: Matt Lashoff (3), Milan Lucic (17)
1 - 0 BOS
2nd Period
01:12
BOS
David Krejci (4) Backhand shot - ASST: Marco Sturm (28), Matt Lashoff (4)
2 - 0 BOS
08:20
BOS
PPG - Marco Sturm (25) Wrist shot - ASST: David Krejci (16), Aaron Ward (7)
3 - 0 BOS
15:30
TOR
Jason Blake (15) Deflected shot - ASST: Pavel Kubina (26), Tomas Kaberle (45)
3 - 1 BOS
3rd Period
03:05
BOS
Shawn Thornton (4) Backhand shot - ASST: Milan Lucic (18)
4 - 1 BOS
14:44
TOR
PPG - Alexei Ponikarovsky (18) Wrist shot - ASST: Kyle Wellwood (13), Bryan McCabe (18)
4 - 2 BOS
16:16
BOS
Phil Kessel (17) Snap shot - ASST: Glen Metropolit (20)
5 - 2 BOS
19:43
BOS
EN - Jeremy Reich (2) Backhand shot - ASST: Petteri Nokelainen (3), Shawn Thornton (3)
6 - 2 BOS
penalty summary
1st Period
02:24
TOR
Mark Bell  Roughing against  Shane Hnidy
10:47
BOS
Aaron Ward  Hooking against  Alexei Ponikarovsky
2nd Period
07:24
TOR
Darcy Tucker  Hooking against  Glen Murray
08:20
TOR
Bryan McCabe  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
09:43
TOR
Pavel Kubina  Slashing against  Glen Murray
3rd Period
09:46
TOR
Alexander Steen  Interference on goalkeeper against  Tim Thomas
13:09
BOS
Glen Metropolit  Tripping against  Anton Stralman
goalie stats
Tim Thomas
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
Saves: 28EV: 28 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .933SH: 0 - 0
Vesa Toskala
Vesa Toskala
SA: 29TOI: 56:48
Saves: 24EV: 19 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 7
SV%: .828SH: 0 - 0