Five Observations: Bruins vs. Maple Leafs

The Boston Bruins are now 13-0-1 since November 1st, the largest point streak in their history since 1983. They got their 13th win of this streak tonight when they defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-1. Here are my five observations.

Number Five- Tuukka Rask

Most of the wins in this streak have been with reigning Vezina winner Tim Thomas in net, but when he has been in there, Tuukka Rask has been fantastic. He probably played his best game since the loss against Colorado when he was in, but he showed once again why he is one of the better back up goalies in the league, making 21 saves.

Number Four- Joe Corvo

I was on Corvo’s case early on, but he has been proving me wrong. Corvo tonight was a force on the offensive side of the puck, where he showed some very good offensive skill and was a part of the longest five on five shift in the Bruins offensive end. He also got into the first fight of his career, also the first major penalty of his career late in the game.

Number Three- Toughness

Before his goal, Johnny Boychuk laid out a huge hit which created the momentum down on the other side of the ice. Also, Corvo showed some toughness when he fought Joey Crabb late in the game, when the Leafs had just shown frustration by starting that fight. All night long the Bruins physically dominated the Leafs, a big reason behind their win.

Number Two- Chris Kelly

Ever since the Bruins traded for him from the Ottawa Senators, Chris Kelly has been one of the best players on the Bruins roster. He scored his tenth goal of the season tonight, and it turned out to be the game winning goal. As always, Kelly showed good defense on the other end of the ice and was a dominant penalty killer.

Number One- Scoring

The Bruins are now 14-0-0 when they score three goals or more in a game. They have 16 wins overall on the season. It just goes to show that when the Bruins score goals, they win games. When the Bruins get a lead, it is hard for other teams to come back due to the Bruins superior defense and their goaltending.

The Bruins face off against the East’s top team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, on Monday night.


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