Five Observations: Bruins vs. Maple Leafs

The Boston Bruins bounced back from their Tuesday night loss to the Carolina Hurricanes to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night, 6-2. Four Bruins had three-point nights: Milan Lucic, Tyler Seguin, Andrew Ference and Zdeno Chara. Toronto actually took a 1-0 lead in the first period, but the Bruins left that period with a 3-1 advantage. Here are my five observations from the Bruins’ win over their division rival.

Number Five- Johnny Boychuk Stepping Up, Kampfer Impresses

Johnny Boychuk has played very well to no recognition. Boychuk had a rough go of it in 2011, but he has been noticeably better this season. While it may not show on the score sheet, Boychuk has definitely stepped up.

Also, I think the Bruins may have found their puck-moving defenseman. Tomas Kaberle and Dennis Wideman did not work out, and it still remains to be seen with Joe Corvo. But right now, Steven Kampfer moves the puck pretty well. Maybe they should go with him.

Number Four- Zdeno Chara

Teams wonder why it is the Bruins are able to shut down Phil Kessel. Is it because they know his style and have seen him before? Possibly. However, there is another big reason that the Bruins held Kessel scoreless for the first time in his past 16 games, and he is 6-foot-9. Chara is underrated by so many Bruins fans, as amazing as that sounds. Fans complain that he should hit more and have more nasty to his game. However, he is better than anyone at shutting down top scorers. Just in last year’s playoffs, he helped shut down the Sedins, Vincent Lecavlier and Mike Richards.

Number Three- Chris Kelly

There is a reason that Kelly, a perennial third-line player, saw more ice time  last night. Yes, some of it has to do with the lack of scoring from Nathan Horton, but Kelly was also rewarded for his well-timed fight on Tuesday. Kelly has seen an amazing turn of luck since last February, when he was on the Ottawa Senators, the worst team in the East. Since then, he has been on a Stanley Cup winner, seen an increase in ice time and become an alternate captain. And if Kelly keeps playing this well, he will continue to be rewarded.

Number Two- Tyler Seguin

Thus continues the streak of SeguinMania being on this list almost every single time. Seguin leads the Bruins with eight points, three of which came last night. First he had his impressive assist on the Lucic goal, and then he beat Leafs goaltender Jonas Gustavsson top shelf later on in the game. Seguin’s play roused the crowd into their “Thank you Kessel” chants yet again.

Number One- Two Power-Play Goals?

Yes, you read correctly. The Bruins did not only score two power-play goals in the same game, but the same period. The first goal went to Nathan Horton and the second one to Zdeno Chara. This was also the Bruins’ third power play goal in three games, as they also had a PP score against Carolina off the stick of Rich Peverley.

The Bruins return tomorrow night when they take on Joe Thornton and the San Jose Sharks.

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