December 3, 2011

Post-Game Breakdown: Bruins roll continues with win over Leafs

By Jesse Connolly

Final: Boston 4, Toronto 1

Recap: After a decidedly dull first 20 minutes of play, the Bruins got on the board early in the second period as David Krejci buried a nice feed from Nathan Horton to make it 1-0. But only 48 seconds passed before the game was tied up again, as Mikhail Grabovski roofed one over Tuukka Rask. WIth less than five minutes to go, Chris Kelly’s tenth goal of the campaign made it 2-1.

In the third, Boston took over. A dominant frame was highlighted by goals from Johnny Boychuk and Nathan Horton to cap off a 4-1 victory.

Records: Boston 16-7-1, 33 points; Toronto 14-10-2, 30 points

Key Play of the Game: Kelly’s goal was a thing of beauty. Rich Peverley came in and dished the puck off near the half-wall toward the slot. Benoit Pouliot was in position for a tip but may or not have intentionally let it slip through to Kelly, who was crashing the net for an easy tap-in.

Connolly’s Commendations: Helluva game for Johnny Boychuk tonight. The B’s blueliner was hitting everything that moved (box score erroneously only gave him credit for two hits), had a blast that was so fast even James Reimer couldn’t get a pad on it with a clear sight-line and blocked two shots to boot.

Patrice Bergeron was stupidly good on faceoffs tonight. No. 37 was won 19-of-23 draws to give the B’s a real edge in possessing the puck right off the hop.

Connolly’s Critiques: Quiet night for Bergeron’s wingers though. Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand didn’t do much to impact this season. No. 63 was also a bit turnover prone early on.

Notes: Joe Corvo’s fight with Joey Crabb in the third was his first career bout. It took 592 games. Leafs center Tim Connolly won just 2-of-14 at the dot.

Final Thoughts: What’s left to say about the B’s seemingly never-ending roll? The Leafs, once again, couldn’t handle Boston’s depth. They couldn’t get squat out of their leading scorer. And now, the Bruins have padded their lead in the Northeast Division.

Next: The Bruins will be back in action on Monday when they visit the Penguins in Pittsburgh.