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Boston Rakes In Victory Over Leafs With Playoff Spot, Draft Pick on Line

Daniel Paille p3wns Phil Kessel in front of a group of seemingly unimpressed fans. (Claus Andersen / Getty Images)

Following recent troubles, the Bruins rallied Saturday to drop the Maple Leafs 2-1 in OT. You could tell it would be a tough contest (despite it being Toronto) when Colton Orr (no relation to Bobby) snapped the puck past Tuukka Rask 5:10 into the game. And Michael Ryder got called for hooking 9:15 in, and Dennis Seidenberg was called for boarding 23 seconds later. In fact, Seidenberg had to leave the game shortly after entering the box to tend to a gash on his inner left wrist; play was stopped and Seidenberg did not return. He’ll be fine, though; you couldn’t even see any blood anywhere on the towel.

Despite stopping Kessel from getting a point, the Bruins found it hard to get anything going, even dinging the puck off the post on multiple occasions. Boston finally managed some decent offense when Miroslav Satan led a charge of knights (or Bruins, as the case may be) down the rink as they sped by Toronto’s net and smothered the defense enough for Satan to hit a snap shot 8:01 into the 2nd to tie the game 1-1. Several Toronto sticks getting in the way as a distraction helped too. A later power play opportunity for Boston to take a lead did not work out, nor did Toronto’s power play in the 3rd. Boston’s 3rd period power play was also unsuccessful, and featured yet another puck off the post.

It was pretty much a back and forth defensive battle the whole game, going into overtime tied at one. And it remained that way for the overtime period as well. After a good opportunity, the Bruins managed to retain possession of the puck, leading to Zdeno Chara taking a shot. Miroslav Satan tipped the puck’s trajectory ever so slightly, enough to sneak it in for the win.

B’s Stud of the Game: Miroslav Satan

On a team with the league’s worst offense (even worse than Edmonton), Satan was undoubtedly the hero of the night with his pair of goals to tie the game then win it.

B’s Dud of the Game: Most of the Offense

Jonas Gustavsson deserves some credit for his spectacular saves, but the offense is the reason why the Bruins aren’t a dominant team. They had plenty of good, quality chances Thursday, too.

JERRY!! JERRY!! Moment of the Game:

There weren’t any fights, but when the play got a little heated near Rask in the 2nd, Phil Kessel and Brad Marchand exchanged pleasantries in the middle of a lumberjack circle.

That’s What He Said:

“We probably wouldn’t be in this spot if we could play on a more consistent basis.” – Zdeno Chara on what the win means for the Bruins

Game Notes:

  • Tuukka Rask now has more playing time on the season than Tim Thomas.
  • In their last 22 games in which they have trailed, this is the second which Boston has won.
  • This was the Bruins’ 13th overtime/shootout loss of the season, to go with 12 such losses.
  • The Bruins are still in 7th place in the East, in line to face the Devils. Boston is two points ahead of Philadelphia and New York, and three points ahead of Atlanta.

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