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A couple of pockets of pressure didn’t do anything for the Bruins, who laid down for the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 5-2 loss north of the border. Tim Thomas made a couple of good saves about 6:15 in, and another with 12:36 remaining, but was beaten with 10:16 left in the 1st Period on a rush attack. The Bruins tied it with 8:14 left in the period when they caught James Reimer on the side of his net following a rebound. But 40 seconds later, Thomas was caught napping, which told you all you needed to know about Boston’s night.
Boston started the 2nd with a good rebound opportunity, but there was nobody in front of the net to capitalize. After a Leafs’ opportunity was denied, Tyler Seguin had the ultimate chance to score on a 1-on-0 shootout style breakaway, but was denied 2:24 into the period.
A power play later in the period resulted in no goals, but for several minutes Boston kept the play in the offensive zone. Toronto finally got the puck out of the zone, and promptly put a puttering rebound past Thomas at the 7:49 mark. Thomas also couldn’t do his job just 29 seconds later, when he was easily beaten, forcing Tuukka Rask into the game. Rask started well, but was eventually broken himself on some fancy puck work that disguised its whereabouts well.
Thomas came back in to start the 3rd and finish the game, but by that time, it was too late. A few more saves here and there, coupled with a fight, and Boston was done for. Daniel Paille’s goal with 19.8 seconds left was not an adequate consolation by any means.
It was with 8:15 remaining that Nathan Horton got into it with Dion Phaneuf. After a few quick punches, Phaneuf got two points for a take-down.
“The type of goals we’re giving up lately … we’re just not getting to them.” – Claude Julien on Boston’s performance.
|9:44||TOR||Luke Schenn (4) Wrist Shot – Assists: Joey Crabb (9)|
|11:46||BOS||Adam McQuaid (2) Tip-In – Assists: none|
|12:26||TOR||Nazem Kadri (1) Snap Shot – Assists: Joey Crabb (10) & Carl Gunnarsson (11)|
|7:49||TOR||Joey Crabb (3) Snap Shot – Assists: Darryl Boyce (8) & Nazem Kadri (7)|
|8:18||TOR||Mike Brown (3) Snap Shot – Assists: Tim Brent (12) & Brett Lebda (3)|
|17:23||TOR||Keith Aulie (2) Wrist Shot – Assists: Tyler Bozak (15) & Phil Kessel (26)|
|19:40||BOS||Daniel Paille (3) Snap Shot – Assists: Shawn Thornton (9) & Gregory Campbell (13)|
|6:41||BOS||Michael Ryder: Delaying Game-Puck over glass – 2 min|
|3:19||TOR||Tim Brent: Delaying Game-Puck over glass – 2 min|
|5:42||TOR||Mike Brown: Interference on goalkeeper – 2 min|
|11:45||TOR||Dion Phaneuf: Fighting (maj) – 5 min|
|11:45||BOS||Nathan Horton: Fighting (maj) – 5 min|
|13:55||BOS||Mark Recchi: Hooking – 2 min|
|BOS||Tim Thomas (L)||18/22||48:18|
|TOR||James Reimer (W)||35/37||59:51|