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Yes, the Maple Leafs folded like their namesake, and the Bruins looked like bears again instead of cubs as Boston won convincingly at home, 7-2. The Bruins stepped on the gas from the start and never let up, scoring on a Marco Sturm tip-in. Just one second later, Shawn Thornton got into a scuffle with Toronto’s Colton Orr. It was only 32 seconds after this when Boston scored again thanks to Marc Savard. Tensions remained high with two roughings and a slashing rounding out the 1st period.
2:09 into the 2nd, Zdeno Chara scored on a slap shot for the 3-0 lead. By the way, remember Colton Orr? He was called for roughing AND interference 5:22 into the 2nd; Boston could do nothing with a double length power play. They ended up scoring on a regular power play later in the period, thanks to Marc Savard.
Penalties were quite abundant in the final 20 minutes: roughings, a fight, a tripping, and a misconduct. Mark Recchi scored in the process for Boston, and interestingly enough, Tuukka Rask got credit for his first assist of the season. Johnny Boychuck scored his first of the year for Boston with 7:34 left, and Marc Savard followed suit 19 seconds later. The Maple Leafs, in an exercise of futility, scored goals from Niklas Hagman and Mikhail Grabovski, but it was too late to catch up to the Bruins.
Okay, they may be Toronto’s goalies, but giving up four and three goals in two and one periods respectively? You’ve got to love that performance.
Come on, after the way the game was going, Rask couldn’t even blank Toronto? Great job up to that point, though.
“Our team is very good when it’s challenged physically” – Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference after the game.
I feel like a kid in a candy store trying to decide, so I’ll just give this honor to the game itself. Two instances resulted in fighting penalties, but several more roughing penalties were fights, just called roughing.