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The Bruins escaped Toronto with a 5-4 victory Wednesday, improving to 5-0 against the Leafs this season. Goals coming from the top and bottom of the line-up helped the Bruins get the win.
Jordan Caron is in the middle of his best stretch of pro hockey, with three goals in the last two games.
The Leafs hung around and had a chance to tie it up with a six on four advantage in the final 17 seconds but couldn’t get it done.
Only two teams in the NHL have given up more goals than the Maple Leafs, and it is clear why. The Leafs played some pretty bad hockey in their defensive zone, leading to Bruins goals. Jordan Caron lit the lamp twice, while Tyler Seguin added two goals of his own. Chris Kelly had a tap home goal, giving him 16 on the season, a new career high.
The addition of Brian Rolston to the Marchand-Bergeron line hasn’t worked out. To be fair he is only playing there due to other players being hurt. Rolston would be a perfect third line winger with Kelly and Benoit Pouliot.
The Leafs didn’t look like a team fighting to get into the playoff picture with lackadaisical play on defense. Caron’s second goal was a tap in on an open goal without a Toronto player anywhere near him. Zdeno Chara almost walked into the slot when Seguin tipped the shot home for his first goal of the game.
Three goals came from the third line, and that is the kind of thing that this team needs more of.
Tim Thomas has finally come back to earth with his play. Last season he played incredible hockey for the entire year and for the playoffs. During the Bruins demolition of the NHL in November, he was still playing at that level, but his game has noticeably taken a fall.
Thomas hasn’t been coming up with timely saves when the Bruins need them most. He has seen more weak goals get behind the red line more than he had become used to seeing. Phil Kessel put a shot on Thomas during a power play Wednesday night that squeaked through Thomas, which was very similar to the first Ranger goal on Sunday.
If the Bruins are planning on playing into the summer, Thomas needs to be better, plain and simple.
The Bruins are back in action Thursday at the Garden with the Sabres.