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Bruins 6, Maple Leafs 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Bruins 6, Maple Leafs 2
Toronto Maple Leafs 2, Boston Bruins 6
Three Stars of the Game
Zdeno Chara
1st
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 2Hits: 2
PTS: 3PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 25:23
Milan Lucic
2nd
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 11:11
Andrew Ference
3rd
Andrew Ference
D
G: 0Shots: 3
A: 3Hits: 2
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 20:45

BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Bruins took out the frustration on the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Two days after losing their composure in a loss to Carolina, the Bruins had their best offensive game of the season in a 6-2 victory Thursday night that gave the Maple Leafs their first regulation loss.

Zdeno Chara, Milan Lucic and Tyler Seguin had a goal and two assists each and the Stanley Cup champions scored two power-play goals, matching their total for their first six games.

"Obviously, we've been a little frustrated and it showed at the end of the Carolina game," Lucic said. "What we've been able to do well as a team is we've always been able to turn that emotion into a positive and that's what we were able to do here tonight."

The Bruins, who had 11 goals entering the game, rebounded from the 4-1 loss to the Hurricanes on Tuesday night. Rich Peverley's goal with 9:01 left had cut Carolina's lead to 2-1 before Boston lost its momentum by taking several ill-advised penalties.

Coach Claude Julien shook up his lines and the move paid off as the Bruins outshot the Maple Leafs 43-28.

"It was a good thing because no one really had too much chemistry," Seguin said. "Tonight everyone kind of just focused on (his own) game and what they have to do in taking accountability and I think that's why we were successful."

The Bruins won for the second time in five games and had two power-play goals for just the second time in 41 regular-season games.

The Maple Leafs, playing their first road game of the season, had a predictable letdown from their last game, a 4-3 shootout win over the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday night.

"When they scored (their) first goal the air went out of the balloon," Toronto coach Ron Wilson said. "We just didn't have our legs."

David Steckel gave Toronto (4-1-1) the lead 7:29 into the game before the Bruins (3-4) scored three times in less than 8 minutes to take a 3-1 lead after the first period. Nathan Horton and Chara scored on power plays and Chris Kelly connected with 2:11 left in the period. Lucic, Patrice Bergeron and Seguin scored in the third.

Toronto's Mikhail Grabovski finished the scoring

Phil Kessel, a former Bruin, entered with NHL-leading totals of seven goals and 12 points but was held scoreless for the first time in 16 regular-season games.

Seguin was taken with the second pick of last year's draft obtained in the trade for Kessel.

Steckel started the scoring with his first goal of the season on a 30-foot shot from the slot that deflected off the left leg of goalie Tim Thomas as he lay on his back.

Barely 3 minutes later, at 10:32 of the first period, the Bruins tied it on Horton's second goal after backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson, playing for the first time this season, stopped Chara's 50-foot shot but left the rebound for Horton to put in the net on a power play.

"We know they were going to come out hard so I was prepared for a lot of shots," Gustavsson said.

Chara scored his first goal on another power play, at 16:05, on a pass from the blue line from defenseman Andrew Ference, who tied his career high with three assists.

Less than 2 minutes later, at 17:49, Ference assisted on Kelly's second goal, starting the play with a pass to Lucic, who skated up the left side and across the goal line. He then passed it in front of the net where it bounced before Kelly lifted a backhander over Gustavsson.

Toronto had the best scoring chance of the second period when Grabovski, coming out of the penalty box, got the puck at the red line and broke in alone. But Thomas made the save at 8:43.

"I didn't bang my stick to give my (defensemen) any warning so I kind of helped cause the breakaway," Thomas said, "so I had extra motivation to stop that breakaway."

The Bruins made it 4-1 at 2:08 of the third period when Seguin passed from the right circle across the slot to Lucic, who shot into the open side of the net for his first goal. Patrice Bergeron got his first goal and Seguin scored his second before Grabovski beat Thomas at 12:33 of the third period.

Notes: The Bruins were 2 for 24 on the power play before Thursday. ... C David Krejci returned after missing four games with what the Bruins called a core injury. ... Thomas broke a four-game losing streak against Toronto. ... Dion Phaneuf got his sixth assist for Toronto.

scoring summary
1st Period
07:29
TOR
David Steckel (1) ASST: Nazem Kadri (1), Dion Phaneuf (6)
1 - 0 TOR
10:32
BOS
PPG - Nathan Horton (2) ASST: Zdeno Chara (1), Andrew Ference (2)
1 - 1 Tie
16:05
BOS
PPG - Zdeno Chara (1) ASST: Andrew Ference (3), Tyler Seguin (5)
2 - 1 BOS
17:49
BOS
Chris Kelly (2) ASST: Milan Lucic (2), Andrew Ference (4)
3 - 1 BOS
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
02:08
BOS
Milan Lucic (1) ASST: Tyler Seguin (6), Chris Kelly (1)
4 - 1 BOS
10:08
BOS
Patrice Bergeron (1) ASST: Nathan Horton (2), Zdeno Chara (2)
5 - 1 BOS
11:43
BOS
Tyler Seguin (2) ASST: Milan Lucic (3), Steven Kampfer (1)
6 - 1 BOS
12:32
TOR
Mikhail Grabovski (2) ASST: Jake Gardiner (1), Luke Schenn (2)
6 - 2 BOS
penalty summary
1st Period
01:54
BOS
Shawn Thornton  Fighting (maj) against  Colton Orr
01:54
TOR
Colton Orr  Fighting (maj) against  Daniel Paille
09:23
TOR
Matt Frattin  Interference against  Benoit Pouliot
11:41
BOS
Benoit Pouliot  Tripping against  David Steckel
15:24
TOR
Joffrey Lupul  Tripping against  Benoit Pouliot
2nd Period
02:57
TOR
David Steckel  Tripping against  Daniel Paille
05:26
BOS
Zdeno Chara  Tripping against  Tyler Bozak
06:33
TOR
Mikhail Grabovski  Holding the stick against  Andrew Ference
06:50
BOS
Johnny Boychuk  Hooking against  Nazem Kadri
11:45
TOR
Nazem Kadri  Illegal Check To Head against  Steven Kampfer
15:48
BOS
Joe Corvo  Hooking against  Jay Rosehill
3rd Period
02:50
TOR
Mike Brown  Tripping against  Shawn Thornton
goalie stats
Jonas Gustavsson
Jonas Gustavsson
SA: 43TOI: 60:00
Saves: 37EV: 27 - 31
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 9
SV%: .860SH: 3 - 3
Tim Thomas
SA: 28TOI: 60:00
Saves: 26EV: 20 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .929SH: 0 - 0