Bruins beat Maple Leafs in less dramatic fashion
|11.09.13 at 9:51 pm ET|
The Bruins squeaked by the Maple Leafs Saturday, but they didn’t need as much drama as last time.
With a 3-1 win over Toronto, the B’s were able to pick up their second victory in a row and improve their record to 10-5-1 on the season.
The Bruins got on the board in the first period with Zdeno Chara’s third power-play goal of the season, with Patrice Bergeron breaking a 1-1 tie in the third by burying a rebound off a Carl Soderberg shot past James Reimer. Bergeron made it 3-1 with an empty-netter with 21.7 seconds remaining.
For the second straight game, Tuukka Rask allowed just one goal. The Leafs’ lone tally came in the form of a snipe of a wrist shot from Joffrey Lupul in the second period.
The Bruins will next play Monday, when they host the conference-leading Lightning.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– Jarome Iginla was all over the place for the B’s. He created his own scoring opportunity early on when he took the puck out of a scrum in the corner and pretty much walked through Nazem Kadri to get to the net, but it was on the power play that he picked up his own rebound and fed Chara for a Bruins goal. His fight with David Clarkson in the second period brought him a goal away from a Gordie Howe hat trick. He would have had it had Reimer not robbed him in the slot off a pass from Malan Lucic three and a half minutes into the third.
– With his goal, Bergeron picked up his first point in five games. Furthermore, it was the first power-play goal by a Bruins full-time forward this season.
– Carl Soderberg continues to produce for the B’s, as it was his rebound on the power play that Bergeron fired into the net to give the Bruins the lead. Soderberg now has points in two of his last three games, but he also forced the Tomas Fleischmann turnover in the third period of Thursday’s game to create Reilly Smith’s goal.
The B’s could have done without Soderberg’s holding the stick penalty late in the third, as killing a penally in the final five minutes isn’t what you want to be doing with a one-goal lead.
– Speaking of Smith, he’s keeping up his pace as well, as he got the secondary helper on Bergeron’s goal. Smith’s 11 points (two goals, nine assists) are third on the Bruins. Not bad for a guy who’s spent half of the season on the third line.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– For as much as the Bruins dominated the first period, the Leafs returned the factor in the second period. The Bruins’ fourth line was stuck out there for a lengthy possession by the Leafs in the Bruins zone and couldn’t get the puck out for about a minute in a half. It wasn’t much later that Lupul’s goal came, which also came against the Merlot Line.
– Brad Marchand broke his goal drought Thursday against the Panthers, but his game continues to struggle. No. 63 attempted no shots over the first two periods, and some passive work from him along the wall in the offensive zone in the second period allowed the Leafs to get the puck out with ease on a shift that led to a 2-on-1 on which Rask had to come up with a big save on Jake Gardiner. Marchand also missed the net on a rush off a pass from Loui Eriksson in the third period.
Marchand does derisive credit for sticking with the play late in David Krejci’s third-period penalty, as he lost the puck deep in the Toronto zone on a shorthanded bid but came back around to fire a shot on Reimer from the circle. He also picked up an assist on Bergeron’s empty-netter.
– With no shots on goal (and none attempted) on Saturday, Gregory Campbell has use one shot on goal over the last six games.
– The Bruins had to play the majority of the game without Adam McQuaid, who left in the first period with a lower body injury and did not return.