Bruins Post-Game Recap: Toronto at Boston: 12/8/18

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By: Garrett Haydon | Follow Me On Twitter @thesportsguy97

Pre-Game Notes

Arena: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Home: Boston Bruins (14-10-4)

Away: Toronto Maple Leafs (20-8-1)

Boston’s Lineup

Forwards

Marchand-Krejci-Pastrnak

Heinen-Cave-Backes

Smith-Kuraly-Wagner

Donato-Forsbacka Karlsson-Nordstrom

Defense

Krug-Carlo

Moore-McAvoy

Grzelcyk-Kampfer

Goalies

Halak

Rask

Toronto’s Lineup

Forwards

Hyman-Tavares-Marner

Marleau-Matthews-Kapanen

Johnsson-Kadri-Nylander

Ennis-Lindholm-Brown

Defense

Rielly-Hainsey

Gardiner-Zaitsev

Dermott-Ozhiganov

Goalies

Andersen

Sparks

First Period

The Leafs went to the power play early in the game’s first minute as Charlie McAvoy took a cross-checking penalty. The Bruins killed the penalty as Jaroslav Halak made a few big saves. The Bruins seemed ready to go from the start as they played with some good physicality. There was tremendous tempo in the early going as both teams traded a few chances.

The Bruins seemed to get more possession as the period went on but not a lot of shots as they didn’t test Frederick Andersen too many times. Halak meanwhile was tested a bunch of times in the period but kept the game scoreless. After a scrum in front of the goal, both David Krejci and Jake Gardiner went to the penalty box, resulting in a four on four. Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson buried a loose puck off a pass from Pastrnak past Andersen to give the Bruins a first period lead.

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The Bruins seemed to get their legs going towards the end of the period as they got more and more possession in the offensive zone. Halak made a huge glove save on William Nylander late in the period to preserve the Boston lead.

Score: 1-0 Bruins

Second Period

The Bruins had some good chances in the very beginning of the period as they looked to stretch their lead. The Bruins continued to skate well and play with pace which seemed to give the Leafs some issues. Gemil Smith drew a tripping penalty against the Leafs, giving the Bruins their first power play of the game. The Leafs killed the penalty despite the Bruins getting a few solid scoring opportunities.

The B’s went right back to the man advantage after Nazem Kadri tripped up Krejci. David Backes buried a power play strike after a nice play by Brad Marchand to double the Boston lead.

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The Bruins would get their third power play opportunity of the period as John Tavares went to the box for slashing. About halfway through the man advantage, Backes took a hooking penalty to negate the Bruins advantage. During the four on four, Gardiner took a boarding penalty to get the Bruins yet another power play. The Leafs would kill the penalty as the Bruins failed to extend the lead.

Much to the delight of some Bruins fans, Brandon Carlo dropped the gloves with Kadri towards the end of the period after a small scrum in front of the Boston goal.

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After an impressive shift by the first line, Torey Krug fired a missile pass Andersen for his first goal of the season to give the Bruins a 3-0 advantage with just over two minutes left in the period.

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Score: 3-0 Bruins

Third Period

After a turnover in the neutral zone, Danton Heinen buried his third goal of the season on a sweet move to beat Andersen and make it 4-0 Boston less than three minutes into the period.

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Travis Dermott responded with a shot through traffic to beat Halak and cut the Boston lead to three less than two minutes after Heinen’s goal.

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The Bruins got one back after a bad turnover by Tavares as Krejci scored off of a three on one rush to give the B’s a 5-1 advantage.

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Ryan Donato banked in a loose puck off Andersen to make it six for the Bruins shortly after the Krejci goal and send Andersen to the showers.

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Auston Matthews buried a goal after a bad turnover behind the Boston net to cut into the lead and make it 6-2 with under 11 minutes to go in the game.

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Chris Wagner got the crowd going as he dropped the gloves with Ron Hainsey after a hit in the neutral zone. The intensity in the game seemed to ramp up after Zach Hyman’s late hit on Charlie McAvoy. Somehow the Leafs picked up a power play after the fight as they looked to get closer on the scoreboard. Andreas Johnsson scored a power play goal on a loose puck in front of the net to cut the Boston lead to 6-3.

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Final Score: 6-3 Bruins

Three Stars Of The Game

Third Star: Backes. Building off a solid performance on Thursday, Backes had another good game and scored a power play goal.

Second Star: Marchand. Number 63 was all over the ice the whole game and played his best game in a while as he totaled three assists.

First Star: Krug. His skating game was outstanding as the Bruins controlled the pace all night and Krug even added three points including his first goal of the year.

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