Final: Boston 7, Toronto 0
Recap: In what was a defensive battle early on, Tyler Seguin’s power-play strike was the lone goal in the first period as Boston took a 1-0 lead into the middle frame. But with four goals in the second, the B’s quickly buried the Leafs. Seguin and Milan Lucic tallied eight seconds apart in the opening minute, pushing the lead to three. With less than five minutes remaining in the period, Seguin completed his first hat trick to make it 4-0.
Boston added goals from David Krejci and Shawn Thornton, as well as Lucic’s second of the night, running away with a confidence-boosting, 7-0 victory over the first-place Leafs.
Records: Boston 5-7-0, 10 points; Toronto 9-4-1, 19 points
Key Play of the Game: The Leafs were undoubtedly reeling after falling behind by two goals at the 0:34 mark of the second period, but Lucic’s strike eight ticks later absolutely crushed them. David Krejci won the faceoff and Zdeno Chara made a quick pass up the ice before No. 17 buried a wrister from close-range. Toronto called a timeout, but they were absolutely toast.
Connolly’s Commendations: Props must obviously first go to Seguin, who absolutely tore it up against his hometown team — and the club that should’ve drafted him were it not for a certain trade that’s been discussed ad nauseum. His first goal was a strike from a bad angle, but his second was a thing of beauty, as No. 19 batted a puck out of mid-air and past Ben Scrivens.
David Krejci had his best game of the season. It wasn’t a perfect night by any stretch, but with a goal and two assists, No. 46 quadrupled his point total this season. The B’s need plenty more nights like this from the Czech pivot.
Three cheers for Milan Lucic tonight as well, who scored for the third-straight game and finished the game with three points and a plus-3 rating.
Joe Corvo also deserved props as well. The d-man was not only plus-4 on the night but was even willing to lay down and block shots when the B’s were up by a touchdown.
And hey, why not give Tim Thomas some kudos? The netminder stopped all 25 shots he faced to earn the shutout.
Connolly’s Critiques: Hard to be critical after a 7-0 win, but a few players were resoundingly quiet.
Nathan Horton put just one puck on net. He did finish plus-2 but didn’t really play a role in any of his linemate’s tallies.
Jordan Caron continues to be ghost-like on a nightly basis. The young winger didn’t have a shot on goal and had literally zero impact on the victory — shy of some unblemished time on the PK.
Notes: With a three-assist performance, Patrice Bergeron extended his point streak to six games. Dennis Seidenberg had a game-high five hits. After allowing one goal in his first NHL start, Scrivens was lit up. He gave up five goals on just 14 shots (.643 Sv%) and was pulled in the second period.
Final Thoughts: Well, if the Bruins aren’t feeling good after this win, there’s simply nothing that could lift their spirits. With a runaway win over the division-leading Leafs, the B’s have finally won two games in a row this year and appear to be turning the tide after their early-season slump.
Next: The B’s will be back in action on Monday night when they welcome the Islanders to TD Garden.