Tyler Seguin scored his first goal at home as Tim Thomas earned his second shutout of the season for the Boston Bruins to win over the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-0 yesterday at the TD Garden. In light of the option to send first-year players back to juniors after nine games, Bruins coach Claude Julien just recently confirmed that their No. 2 overall pick will remain with the team for the rest of the season. “I’ve just been trying to get a lot better in my own zone, like I was saying before the game,” said Seguin. “That’s been my main thing and I am trying to capitalize on my opportunities now and just get more confident coming to every game. I think that’s staying consistent now.”
Patrice Bergeron found the net first with a one timer assisted by Zdeno Chara in the final minute of the first period on a power play. Seguin came through 12:26 into the second when Dennis Seidenberg set him up near the left side of the goal. Bruins former RW Phil Kessel failed to produce as he listened to the boos from the 17,565 in attendance.
Kessel is 0-4 at the TD Garden since being traded, earning just one assist in seven games against the Bruins. “The pressure being put on him doesn’t mean he doesn’t try or work hard,” said Julien. “I just think we do a real good job playing against him.” The Bruins will next take on the Ottawa Senators on Saturday at Scotiabank Place before traveling to Buffalo to matchup with the Sabres the following Wednesday.
It took a shootout yesterday for Miroslav Satan to notch his second goal of the night to lift the Boston Bruins past the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 at the TD Garden. The 15-year veteran kicked off the festivities 9:36 into the first period to give Boston the initial advantage. Viktor Stalberg then answered for the Leafs before the end of the block. Johnny Boychuk provided the only score of the second, only for Tyler Bozak to send the game into OT with 13:48 left in regulation.
Tim Thomas collected 24 saves for the B’s to earn a .923 save percentage. With Tuuka Rask listed as day-to-day due to recent injury, Thomas was able to start in goal for the first time since February 2nd.
“I was trying to show the team they can have some confidence in me again,” said Thomas. “I’m not going to lie: This feels really good right now. It’s the first one I’ve had in a long time, and it’s the first one at home in a long time.” The Bruins will hope to build their momentum this Saturday against the New York Islanders.
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Mark Recchi found the net twice in the final three minutes of regulation, leading the Boston Bruins past the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 yesterday at the TD Garden. The Bruins controlled the tempo early on with a Mark Stuart goal 8:01 into the contest, followed by two additional scores in the second supplied by Derek Morris and David Krejci.
Boston decided to take it easier heading into the third where the maple Leafs came through with back to back goals in the first four minutes to get back in the game. “Three-goal leads are the worst,” said Recchi. “We were OK for two periods. In the third they came out and we weren’t ready for it. It’s nice that we responded after they did come back.” Toronto opened the door for the Bruins with a penalty in the final minutes, which definitely took the pressure off the defense as Recchi went to work at the other end.
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The New York Rangers were up on the Toronto Maple Leafs by just one goal heading into the third. After Sean Avery’s goal two minutes into the period, the festivities continued for the Rangers as they eventually went on to win 7-2 last night in New York. “We had a great start to the second period, but then it was like we stopped playing,” said Rangers forward Vaclav Prospal. “After two periods Torts came in and he wasn’t really happy. We responded the right way, took the play back to them, scored the fourth goal right away. It was a lot easier after that.”
Throughout the Rangers offensive party yesterday, eight players were able to earn at least one point. Defenseman Dan Girardi and Sean Avery both scored twice with Wade Redden adding a goal and two assists. Ryan Callahan and Marian Gaborik also scored for New York. Goalie Henrik Lundqvist came up with 27 saves. The Rangers will next host the Los Angeles Kings before heading to Toronto to rematch the Maple Leafs.
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For the first time this season the Boston Bruins found a way to win after trailing going into the 3rd period. The B’s were down 3-1 after 40 minutes when Dennis Wideman and Zdeno Chara both came up big scoring to send it to overtime. This set the stage for Michael Ryder to score the shootout winner, keeping the Bruins on top of the league standings with the San Jose Sharks at 73 points.
All-Star goalie Tim Thomas finished the game with 31 saves.
Reflecting on the game he said he didn’t know if a comeback was possible. “The only thing that was in the back of my mind was how well we’ve responded to almost every situation this year,” said Thomas. With this said the Bruins are clear ahead of the rest of the division by 13 points. Look for the Bruins next at home January 27th as they square off against the Washington Capitals at 7 p.m.
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During the broadcast of the Toronto Maple Leafs New Year’s Day game, announcers reportedly mentioned rumors about next year’s Winter Classic matchup. Seemingly having inside info, the broadcast team said that NHL was going to continue to match up original Six teams, and that a Leafs/Bruins matchup at historic Fenway Park was a no-brainer. The involvement of a Canadian Original Six team could also mean a Bruins/Canadiens match up as well.
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David Krejci picked a good time to pick up his first NHL hat trick. His three goals were the difference in a very high-scoring game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Leafs gave B’s tender Tim Thomas a lot of trouble. Though the Bruins were up 5-1 by the early 2nd period, thomas got rocked for 4 more goals in rapid succession. He was swapped out for batterymate Manny Fernandez, who stopped all 13 shots he faced.
With a goal in the second period, Phil Kessel not only hit the 100 career point mark, but he also extended his point streak to 16 games. The Bruins are now 9-1-0 in the last ten games, and are comfortably leading the Northeast division.
Marco Sturm, Marc Savard, and rookie Michael Ryder also contributed goals for Boston.
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