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The Bruins have owned the Maple Leafs all season and Monday night was no different. Four first period goals powered the Bruins past the Leafs with a 8-0 final score. Fourteen Bruins skaters ended the game with at least one point. Tim Thomas needed only 13 saves to earn a shutout (he saw only two shots in the first period).
All four lines played at a high level for all three periods in this one.
Let’s see if this game helps the Bruins gain momentum heading towards the playoffs with only ten games left in the regular season.
Chris Kelly started off the goal scoring early in the first just like he did against the Flyers on Saturday. Gregory Campbell, Benoit Pouliot, and Brad Marchand added first period goals, forcing James Reimer out of the game. Marchand’s goal coming on the power play on a sweet cross ice pass from Tyler Seguin.
Pouliot scored his second of the game in the second period. Zdeno Chara and Brian Rolston lit the lamp on bombs that easily beat the Leafs’ second goalie of the night in Jonas Gustavsson. Chara’s goal came on the man advantage, the Bruins were perfect on the power play (two for two). Rolston easily had his best game of the year with four points, showing that the third line is really coming together with a trio of lefties.
The only goal in the third period came from Seguin. He scored on another one-timer that is slowly becoming one of his best scoring weapons, very similar to Hart trophy candidate Steven Stamkos.
Thomas has been playing a lot more than expected of late, but warming up Monday night might have been his toughest task. The Bruins dominated the entire game right from the opening puck drop. Only 13 saves were needed from Thomas to not only get two points, but a shutout.
The Leafs never really tested Thomas and that might be a good thing for him. The Bruins are about to take off on a west coast trip and a fresh Thomas could mean good things for this team.
Milan Lucic and Mike Komisarek dropped the gloves once again. Lucic handled Komisarek just like the old days when he was with the Habs. Lucic nailed him with a handful of uppercuts and even landed a few body shots.
It was easy to see the build-up to the fight with a little something extra after a clean check.
Tags: Benoit Pouliot, Boston Bruins, Brad Marchand, Brian Rolston, Chris Kelly, Gregory Campbell, James Reimer, Jonas Gustavsson, Milan Lucic, Tim Thomas, Toronto Maple Leafs, Tyler Seguin, Zdeno Chara