The Boston Bruins hosted the Toronto Maple Leafs in the back end of a home-and-home series on Saturday night. After rolling off of Wednesday night’s win in Toronto, the Bruins looked to collect another “W” for the books. With Rask in goal for Boston it gave Tim Thomas a break heading into the upcoming week’s road games against the Penguins (Monday) and Jets (Tuesday) before the Bruins head back home to face the Panthers (Thursday).
Games against the Leafs are always a good show. With plenty of fans visiting Toronto, the atmosphere is always electric, and no matter the outcome it’s almost always worth the ticket price.
With the reoccurring of high scoring games between the two teams in the past few contests, the score remained low for a change, at least on Toronto’s side of the board. The Bruins took the game 4-1, and although the goal count was low, the fan count was anything but. With an almost equal Leaf-to-Bruin fan ratio, the Garden was packed for its 100th consecutive sellout game.
David Krejci showed why he’s worth his recent contract extension by getting the team going with a goal early in the second period (he added an assist in the third that helped seal the victory). But the Bruins’ lead didn’t last for long, as the Leafs came right back to tie the game with their only goal a few minutes later. Toronto’s Joey Crabb got an assist on the Leafs’ goal, extending his five-game point-scoring streak.
With a gorgeous pass from Peverley, Kelly scored to make it 2-1 and give the Bruins a lead they’d never relinquish. This was yet another game where the Peverley/Kelly combination got things done for the Bruins. They had the same kind of chemistry in last Saturday night’s contest against Winnipeg and are proving to be one of the team’s most consistent offensive threats. Both players were acquired mid-way through last season, and they’ve made a home and helped to improve the overall aesthetic of the team. Often overlooked as key players, if their consistent play pursues that notion could be left behind rather quickly. The dreaded “Cup hangover” has worn off and the team looks primed to make another run at Lord Stanley’s cherished chalice.
Coming off of a near perfect November, the Bruins already have a good start to December. Perhaps the team can deliver a nice little holiday gift to their fans by making it a perfect December on the win count; guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
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