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Bruins Don’t Even Try, Lose in Toronto

Chris Kelly #23 of the Boston Bruins runs into Darryl Boyce #47 of the Toronto Maple Leafs during game action at the Air Canada Centre March 19, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)

A couple of pockets of pressure didn’t do anything for the Bruins, who laid down for the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 5-2 loss north of the border. Tim Thomas made a couple of good saves about 6:15 in, and another with 12:36 remaining, but was beaten with 10:16 left in the 1st Period on a rush attack. The Bruins tied it with 8:14 left in the period when they caught James Reimer on the side of his net following a rebound. But 40 seconds later, Thomas was caught napping, which told you all you needed to know about Boston’s night.

Boston started the 2nd with a good rebound opportunity, but there was nobody in front of the net to capitalize. After a Leafs’ opportunity was denied, Tyler Seguin had the ultimate chance to score on a 1-on-0 shootout style breakaway, but was denied 2:24 into the period.

A power play later in the period resulted in no goals, but for several minutes Boston kept the play in the offensive zone. Toronto finally got the puck out of the zone, and promptly put a puttering rebound past Thomas at the 7:49 mark. Thomas also couldn’t do his job just 29 seconds later, when he was easily beaten, forcing Tuukka Rask into the game. Rask started well, but was eventually broken himself on some fancy puck work that disguised its whereabouts well.

Thomas came back in to start the 3rd and finish the game, but by that time, it was too late. A few more saves here and there, coupled with a fight, and Boston was done for. Daniel Paille’s goal with 19.8 seconds left was not an adequate consolation by any means.

JERRY!! JERRY!! Moment of the Game:

It was with 8:15 remaining that Nathan Horton got into it with Dion Phaneuf. After a few quick punches, Phaneuf got two points for a take-down.

Coach’s Corner:

“The type of goals we’re giving up lately … we’re just not getting to them.” – Claude Julien on Boston’s performance.

Scoring Summary

1st Period
9:44 TOR Luke Schenn (4) Wrist Shot – Assists: Joey Crabb (9)
11:46 BOS Adam McQuaid (2) Tip-In – Assists: none
12:26 TOR Nazem Kadri (1) Snap Shot – Assists: Joey Crabb (10) & Carl Gunnarsson (11)
2nd Period
7:49 TOR Joey Crabb (3) Snap Shot – Assists: Darryl Boyce (8) & Nazem Kadri (7)
8:18 TOR Mike Brown (3) Snap Shot – Assists: Tim Brent (12) & Brett Lebda (3)
17:23 TOR Keith Aulie (2) Wrist Shot – Assists: Tyler Bozak (15) & Phil Kessel (26)
3rd Period
19:40 BOS Daniel Paille (3) Snap Shot – Assists: Shawn Thornton (9) & Gregory Campbell (13)

Penalty Summary

1st Period
6:41 BOS Michael Ryder: Delaying Game-Puck over glass – 2 min
2nd Period
3:19 TOR Tim Brent: Delaying Game-Puck over glass – 2 min
3rd Period
5:42 TOR Mike Brown: Interference on goalkeeper – 2 min
11:45 TOR Dion Phaneuf: Fighting (maj) – 5 min
11:45 BOS Nathan Horton: Fighting (maj) – 5 min
13:55 BOS Mark Recchi: Hooking – 2 min

Goalie Stats

Goalie Save Total TOI
BOS Tim Thomas (L) 18/22 48:18
BOS Tuukka Rask 6/7 11:42
TOR James Reimer (W) 35/37 59:51

Shots on Goal

1st 2nd 3rd Total
BOS 11 15 11 37
TOR 9 12 8 29

Game Notes:

  • Toronto ended a nine-game streak of giving up the first goal.
  • Kadri’s goal was his first in the NHL.
  • This was the second time this season Thomas was pulled for Rask; the first was November 5 in Washington.
  • After going 0/2, Boston is now 2/34 in their last 13 games on the power play.
  • Toronto is 17-4-6 this season when scoring first.
  • The Bruins are 3-13-2 this season when trailing at the 1st Intermission.
  • Boston is now three points ahead of Montreal with one game in hand; Toronto is four points behind Buffalo with two games out of hand.

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