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The last time the Bruins had a regulation loss (back on Oct. 29), the Red Sox were without a manager, Julian Edelman hadn’t been arrested yet, and the NBA was still in a lockout with no end in sight.
That trend continued Saturday night, with the Bruins taking down the Maple Leafs for the fourth time in four tries this season. This time, the B’s won 4-1 behind a solid effort from Tuukka Rask, who will long haunt the team who traded him (Toronto) to the Bruins for a goaltender who’s currently a backup on the Dallas Stars (Andrew Raycroft).
Rask saved 21 of 22 shots, but the Maple Leafs applied little pressure throughout the game. As CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty noted after the game, he expected “more fight out of Maple Leafs tonight given way Bruins have manhandled them this season.” He’s right.
The only goal Rask gave up was an equalizer from Mikhail Grabovski in the second period. Otherwise, it was all-Bruins, who managed four goals on 30 shots.
David Krejci started the scoring early in the second, and Chris Kelly gave the Bruins the lead for good late in the second with his 10th goal of the year. Kelly, who’s in a contract year, is just five goals away from tying his career high.
Johnny Boychuk and Nathan Horton added goals in the third period to put away the Leafs for good.
The Bruins have now gone 13-0-1 in their last 14 games to vault themselves into first in the Northeast Division with 33 overall points and tied for second in the East.
Next up for the B’s is a showdown with the East-leading Penguins on Monday night in Pittsburgh.