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Late Boston Penalty Turns Zero Toronto Points Into Two

Marc Savard warms up before the game. (abelimages / Getty Images)

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.

JERRY!! JERRY!! Moment of the Game:

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.

Scoring Summary

1st Period
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)
2nd Period
3rd Period
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)
OT Period
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)

Penalty Summary

1st Period
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
2nd Period
1:30 TOR Clarke MacArthur: Hooking – 2 min
15:28 BOS Milan Lucic: Hooking – 2 min
3rd Period
9:12 TOR Mike Komisarek: Kneeing – 2 min
17:30 BOS Patrice Bergeron: Holding – 2 min
OT Period
4:36 BOS Johnny Boychuk: Hooking – 2 min

Goalie Stats

Goalie Save Total TOI
BOS Tim Thomas (L) 38/40 65:00
TOR Jean-Sebastian Giguere (W) 25/27 64:21

Shots on Goal

1st 2nd 3rd OT Total
BOS 5 12 9 1 27
TOR 12 14 12 2 40

Game Notes:

  • Three times this season, Boston has allowed the next goal when they’ve had a one-goal lead. Two of those times were in this game.
  • This was the first come-from-behind victory over Boston this season.
  • Boston is 0-3 in shootouts this season; Toronto is 1-2.
  • The Bruins are in the #7 spot in the East, between the Rangers and Thrashers.

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One comment for “Late Boston Penalty Turns Zero Toronto Points Into Two”

  1. better hope thomas stays healthy

    Posted by clive | December 5, 2010, 7:22 am

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