Bruins-Maple Leafs Preview
The Boston Bruins are set to open a four-game trek after picking
up another two points in front of their home fans.
Coach Claude Julien’s team doesn’t figure to get much support
from the crowd Sunday night.
The Bruins visit Toronto for the first time since stunning the
Maple Leafs in Game 7 of last season’s Eastern Conference
Boston (19-8-2) erased a 4-1 deficit in the last 10:42 of
regulation to force overtime, with the last two goals coming in the
final 1:22. Patrice Bergeron, who tied things up with 51 seconds
left, went on to net the game-winner and eliminate Toronto.
Boston has also outscored the Maple Leafs 48-18 in taking 10 of
11 regular-season meetings. The Bruins won 3-1 on Nov. 9 behind two
more goals from Bergeron, improving to 31-9-5 in the series since
“We were not really focused on what happened last year,” said
Zdeno Chara, who also scored in last month’s victory. “That was
something that was behind us.”
The Bruins are coming off Saturday’s thrilling 3-2 win over
Pittsburgh. David Krejci tied the score with 1:29 left in
regulation before Chara tallied the go-ahead goal with 13 seconds
“It was a good win for us,” Julien told the NHL’s official
website. “For us to kind of grind it out and get those two late
goals and get the win in regulation, I think we have to build on
Aside from losing Loui Eriksson to a concussion, the Bruins were
forced to finish without Shawn Thornton, who received a match
penalty for taking down Brooks Orpik from behind, pulling him to
the ice and punching him while he was down.
“Obviously I made a mistake,” said Thornton. “I’m aware of it.
I’ve been told that they’re having a hearing and it’s hard for me
to say much more other than that’s not my intention. I feel awful.
I feel sick.”
While the Bruins are 10-0-2 in their last 12 at home, they have
been limited to 13 goals in losing five of seven on the road.
The Maple Leafs (16-11-3) had been outscored 22-11 during an
0-3-2 skid before posting back-to-back wins, 3-2 over Dallas on
Thursday and 4-3 in a shootout at Ottawa on Saturday. James van
Riemsdyk had a goal and two assists while Phil Kessel added one of
“We found a way to win the hockey game,” said coach Randy
Carlyle, whose team blew a two-goal lead in the second period.
“We’ve had some down times of late so we’re going to take the
points and move on. We need to continue to focus on the things we
do well and when we skate and attack we can be a hockey club that
can have success.”
After Jonathan Bernier made 48 saves against the Stars, James
Reimer turned away 47 shots Saturday.
“It’s our job to get in front of them and give the team a chance
and that’s it,” Reimer said. “We don’t really care how many shots
we’re giving up. Our job is to stop the puck from going in the
Reimer is 1-4-1 with a 2.85 goals-against average in his last
six regular-season games versus Boston. Bernier allowed a
career-high seven goals in his only matchup against the Bruins, an
8-6 loss in 2007 while with Los Angeles.
Boston’s Tuukka Rask, who made 28 saves against the Penguins,
ranks sixth in the league with a 1.91 GAA. He is 9-1-0 with a 1.38
GAA and one shutout in 10 regular-season starts versus Toronto.