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Boston was sailing on their way to another victory with just minutes remaining. But a late holding call on Patrice Bergeron allowed Toronto to get a major advantage and score with less than a minute to go, and eventually win the game in a shootout. What is it with Boston teams losing to Toronto teams in close games that they should instead defeat in crushing fashion?
It was a largely back-and-forth contest all night. Nathan Horton started the scoring with an unassisted slap shot just 4:48 in. Carl Gunnarsson (who I believe sells sea shells by the sea shore) answered at the 15:53 mark by moving around Tim Thomas and putting in a blooper. It was difficult for Thomas to get back in position, but at least put a stick in the air or something.
After a chess match of a 2nd period resulted in fast moves but no goals, Gregory Campbell (son of Colin Campbell) put Boston up 2-1 on a snap shot. Boston’s power play (from 9:12-11:12) couldn’t get an insurance goal, and for a while, it looked like it wouldn’t be needed. That is, until 2:30 remained in the game, when Patrice Bergeron reached across the Maple Leaf he was fighting for a puck and grabbed hold of his arm. That gave Toronto a 5-on-for, plus desperation that close to the end of regulation, plus a 6-on-4 with the eventual empty net. All of this proved too much for Thomas, who finally gave up the game-tying goal with 43 seconds remaining despite making some excellent saves just before.
The game went into overtime, with Toronto getting an immediate breakaway, but they couldn’t capitalize. With 3:30 left, Thomas left the goal wide open playing the puck, which was rebounded, and shot towards goal by Mikhail Grabovski. However, Thomas made a grasshopper-esque leap across the crease to snatch the puck out of midair, and keep the game going.
The game went into a shootout, and if nothing else, the win won’t count towards Toronto’s total in tiebreaking scenarios because of it. Toronto won the shootout 2-1, trading goals and saves with Boston until the last shot, when Michael Ryder couldn’t sneak the puck in after former Bruin Phil Kessel hit Thomas so hard with a shot, Thomas and the puck slid backwards into the net, giving Toronto two points, and forcing Boston to settle for a measly singleton.
8:40 into the game, Boston’s resident MMA fighter Shawn Thorton took on Jay Rosehill, in which both combatants pushed each other up against the boards and got a few decent shots in. Each players was also assessed a minor penalty.
|4:48||BOS||Nathan Horton (9) Snap Shot – Assists: none|
|15:53||TOR||Carl Gunnarsson (1) Wrist Shot – Assists: Tyler Bozak (5) & Nazem Kadri (5)|
|6:08||BOS||Gregory Campbell (3) Snap Shot – Assists: Tyler Seguin (5) & Johnny Boychuk (4)|
|19:18||TOR||PPG – Kris Versteeg (8) Wrist Shot – Assists: Clarke MacArthur (12) & Tomas Kaberle (12)|
|Nazem Kadri||TOR||Goal (under crossbar)|
|Tyler Seguin||BOS||Goal (stick side)|
|Nikolai Kulemin||TOR||Save (stick side leg)|
|David Krejci||BOS||Save (glove side leg)|
|Phil Kessel||TOR||Goal (five-hole, Thomas’ momentum carries him and puck into goal)|
|Michael Ryder||BOS||Save (stick side)|
|8:40||TOR||Jay Rosehill: Boarding – 2 min|
|8:40||TOR||Jay Rosehill: Fighting (maj) – 5 min|
|8:40||BOS||Shawn Thornton: Roughing – 2 min|
|8:40||BOS||Shawn Thornton: Fighting (maj) – 5 min|
|16:53||BOS||Gregory Campbell: Delaying Game-Puck over glass – 2 min|
|1:30||TOR||Clarke MacArthur: Hooking – 2 min|
|15:28||BOS||Milan Lucic: Hooking – 2 min|
|9:12||TOR||Mike Komisarek: Kneeing – 2 min|
|17:30||BOS||Patrice Bergeron: Holding – 2 min|
|4:36||BOS||Johnny Boychuk: Hooking – 2 min|
|BOS||Tim Thomas (L)||38/40||65:00|
|TOR||Jean-Sebastian Giguere (W)||25/27||64:21|