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Bruins destroy Maple Leafs

03.19.12 at 9:24 pm ET

Brian Rolston had a four-point night as the Bruins crushed the Maple Leafs, 8-0, Monday at TD Garden.

The win was the Bruins’ second straight after the team’s recent four-game losing streak. With the victory, the B’s now have 87 points on the season.

The Bruins scored four first-period goals, getting tallies from Chris Kelly, Gregory Campbell, Benoit Pouliot and Brad Marchand. They added three more in the second thanks to goals from Pouliot, Zdeno Chara and Rolston before Tyler Seguin made it 8-0.

Tim Thomas got the easy victory for the Bruins, facing only 13 shots and stopping them all. The Bruins’ previous low for shots allowed was 17, which they had done twice this month. James Reimer and Jonas Gustavsson each allowed four goals for the Leafs.

The Bruins will begin a three-game road trip this week, heading out west to face the Sharks, Kings and Ducks.


– As bad as the Maple Leafs were defensively and in goal, they had nothing going offensively either. Toronto had just seven shots on goal through two periods and finished the game with 13. Not exactly the toughest night for Thomas, so he got a combination of results and rest Monday.

– Funny that less than right after general manager Peter Chiarelli declared he wasn’t going to give any more contract extensions during the season, the Bruins’ free-agents-to be did most of the damage. Kelly, Campbell, Pouliot and Rolston will all see their deals expire at season’s end. Marchand and Chara were the only Bruins signed beyond this season to score Monday.

– Here’s a good stat pointed out by the Patriot Ledger’s Mike Loftus: Phil Kessel is a minus-11 against the Bruins this year. Yeesh.

– The Bruins dodged a bullet, as Daniel Paille was hit with a shot late in the game but was not injured.

– Chara’s goal was his first in 13 games, though it was his third point in his last four games. Paired with Dennis Seidenberg once again to create a formidable top pairing, the Bruins’ captain was a plus-1 for the B’s.

– The Bruins had to be happy to see Rolston come through with a big night. The veteran forward tied a career high with four points, a feat he had accomplished three times previously. Once Rich Peverley is ready to return, it will be interesting to see what the Bruins do with that third line. The veteran forward will probably be battling for a spot in the lineup, and he helped his case Monday, even if it was against the Maple Leafs.


– Unfortunately, there isn’t much that can be learned from a game like Monday’s contest just because the opponent is such a disaster. Yes, the game served as a reminder that the Bruins could score, but anyone could score against goaltending as horrific as what the Leafs turned in. The Bruins clearly weren’t even trying to run up the score, as they iced it often once they took a big lead, but the Maple Leafs are just that bad.

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