Thursday, March 7, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Bruins 4, Maple Leafs 2
By James Murphy
BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins snapped a two-game losing streak as Tyler Seguin scored two goals to lead them to a 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Boston now leads Toronto by three points in the tight Northeast Division standings. Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci also scored for Boston, and Anton Khudobin got his fourth win of the season with a 25-save performance.
For Toronto, Mikhail Grabovski and Nazem Kadri scored, and Ben Scrivens made 21 saves.
Where would the Bruins be without the Marchand-Bergeron-Seguin line? It's hard to imagine where the Bruins would be without the trio of Brad Marchand, Bergeron and Seguin. This line just does it all. They are one of the most dangerous and fastest lines in the NHL right now. Seguin added an assist to go with his two goals. Bergeron had two assists to go with his goal, and Marchand had two helpers as the threesome combined for eight points. In their past three games, Bergeron has two goals and four assists, Marchand has a goal and five assists, and Seguin has three goals and two assists.
Khudobin solid again: Khudobin continues to prove he can be depended on to spell relief for Tuukka Rask and provide the goaltending necessary for his team to win. With the exception of giving up four goals in a 4-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Feb. 15, Khudobin has done his job. On Thursday he shut the door on some early pressure by the Leafs, and then came through in the third period every time Toronto tried to gain momentum late.
Krejci getting hot again: After going pointless against the Canadiens in the Bruins' 4-3 loss on Sunday, Krejci bounced back with two helpers in the 4-3 overtime loss at Washington on Tuesday. On Thursday he chipped in again, scoring the third Bruins goal -- his sixth of the season. Krejci is starting to play with that physical edge again, and that's why he seems to be catching fire.
Pandolfo auditioning for third line: With Chris Bourque waived earlier in the day, Jay Pandolfo got his audition on the third line with Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley. Peverley and Kelly haven't been able to convert many scoring chances this season, and on Thursday Pandolfo suffered the same issues, as both he and Kelly missed empty nets late in the first period. Pandolfo and his new linemates all went pointless, and the scoring drought for the third line continues. They were at least creating scoring chances, but chances aren't what they're being counted on for.
Here's what the lineup looked like:
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Jay Pandolfo-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille-Greg Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid