There’s an old proverb that states, “All good things must come to an end.” Well, during the month of November the Boston Bruins debunked that saying. The Bruins went a near perfect 12-0-1 during the month, their only loss coming in a shootout against the Detroit Red Wings during the NHL’s Thanksgiving Showdown on November 25. This is the first time that the Bruins have gone an entire month without a regulation loss since January of 1969.
The Bruins cemented their monumental month with a 6-3 road victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs last night. The Bruins have dominated the Leafs in their three meetings this season, winning all three games and outscoring Toronto 19-5. The game was fast paced, physical, and had a playoff atmosphere feeling.
Toronto was the first to strike, when Mikhail Grabovski scored a power-play goal in the first. Not to be outdone, Milan Lucic scored a power play goal of his own, off of a nice feed from Tyler Seguin and the teams went into the first intermission tied at two.
David Krecji, who hadn’t had a goal in 10 games, got on the scoring sheet when he banged in a Nathan Horton shot and beat Jonas Gustavsson. The offensive pairing of Joffrey Lupul and Phil Kessel tied the game at two, when Lupul scored on a nice pass from Kessel during a two on one. The goal that made the difference and gave Boston the momentum came with 4:30 remaining in the second when the captain Zdeno Chara scored an anticlimactic goal. Chara scored on a wrist shot, but the goal light never came on and play just kind of stopped. There wasn’t much of a celebratory reaction from Chara, causing the announcers to question whether a goal had been scored or if the puck had been deflected out of the rink. It turns out that Chara had in fact scored, giving the Bruins a 3-2 lead heading into the third.
Benoit Pouliot, who has been doing a lot of the little things that don’t show up on the scoring sheet, gave the Bruins a two goal cushion three minutes into the third period. Toronto then decided to turn on the burners and came crashing at the Bruins. The Leafs’ quick skating and crisp passing resulted in a Matt Frattin goal less than three minutes after Pouliot had scored, cutting the Bruins’ lead to one. There was a lot of back and forth action and rushes up and down the ice and both teams were held scoreless until Lucic added his second of the night. Krecji had parked himself behind the Toronto net and patiently waited for Lucic to get open and when he finally did so, fed him the puck for a quick snap shot that put Boston up by two. Brad Marchand secured the victory when he scored an open net goal with less than a minute remaining in the game.
Most people in New England hate facing leaves in the fall but not Lucic, Krecji, Chara, and Tyler Seguin. Lucic leads all Bruins scorers with 5 goals and 3 assists against the Leafs this season. Seguin (four goals and three assists) and Chara (two goals and five assists) have seven points each and Krecji has netted two and added four helpers. Hopefully December will be as equally as impressive as November was for the Bruins. We’ll find out Saturday night as the Bruins take on the Toronto Maple Leafs again.