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You almost knew that the Bruins couldn’t take three straight games from Phil Kessel’s Toronto Maple Leafs within a month. After beating the Leafs 7-2 and 5-2 earlier this season, the Bruins could not find the back of the net Saturday night, and fell 2-0.
Jonas Gustavsson pitched his first career shutout, stopping 25 Bruins shots, including a measly five attempts in the third period. The lack of an offensive attack and some injury woes helped send the Bruins to their fourth straight loss overall (0-2-2) for the first time this season.
Tuukka Rask, who once was a prospect in the Toronto organization, wasn’t bad himself, but he allowed an easy goal on a slapshot by defenseman Tomas Kaberle, and a third period goal to Jason Blake that put the game out of reach. Rask was traded to the Bruins in 2006 for goalie Andrew Raycroft.
“I just tried to hit the net, low for a rebound on the short side,” Kaberle explained about his goal. “It bounced off the post and off his leg. I got a little bit lucky there, but sometimes a shot is better than a bad pass.”
The highlight of the night was a colossal hit by Johnny Boychuk on Toronto’s Matt Stajan. Stajan initally seemed dazed and was bleeding, but he managed to stay in the game. The hit caused a scuffle between the teams, but Boychuk was not penalized. While some Leafs felt the hit was dirty, Boychuk begged to differ.
“I’m not going to try to hurt anybody by any means,” Boychuk said. “I tried to keep my elbow in and everything in so that it would be a clean hit. I’ve been hit like that before. The way he turned … he was really low. I didn’t see the replay, but I thought it was a clean hit.”