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Who would have thought the Bruins would play a must win game against the Leafs? That is what happened Monday night at TD Garden, taking a shootout to decide the game for a Bruins 3-2 win over Toronto
Another slow start for the Bruins against the Leafs, getting down 2-0 in the second period. Milan Lucic did what he could to stop the bleeding, scoring only his second goal in 20 games, making it 2-1 Toronto. Lucic made a rush up the wing and went right to the net, something he needs to do more of if he wants to be a top six forward. Clearly Lucic is responding to the demotion.
The Bruins really turned it on after the Lucic goal, culminating with a goal from Patrice Bergeron in the 3rd period to tie the game at 2-2.
Claude Julien did some line shuffling after the loss to Toronto Saturday and for the most part the new lines look pretty good.
The Paille-Bergeron-Seguin line looked to be a good mix of speed, skill, and willingness to get to the dirty areas. The lines returned to normal during the third period, as expected by some.
Regulation wasn’t enough and neither was overtime, so we headed to a shootout where Tyler Seguin and Bergeron scored for the Bruins to seal the deal and secure two points.
Tuukka Rask stopped 23 pucks and looked good after Anton Khudobin got two straight starts. Rask kept the Bruins in it and didn’t let in that soft balloon-popping goal.
No points for Daniel Paille, but he had a strong game and was all over the ice for the Bruins. His strong play was rewarded by getting the left-wing spot on the top line for two periods.
The Bruins are back in action against the division leading Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night