Six observations: B's 4, Leafs 1

BOSTON -- If the Boston Bruins weren't in the heads of the Toronto Maple Leafs prior to Saturday night, they are now.

The Bruins beat Toronto 4-1 for their fourth straight win over their Northeast Division rivals. The Bruins have outscored the Leafs 23-6 over four games and seem to just have Toronto's number. The top line of Milan Lucic (two assists), David Krejci (goal, assist) and Nathan Horton (goal, assist) shined again. Chris Kelly and Johnny Boychuk added goals for the Bruins, who lead the Leafs by three points and remain in first place in the Northeast Division.

Mikhail Grabovski was the lone Maple Leaf to beat Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask, who got his fourth win of the season while making 21 saves.

Top line gaining steam The Bruins' top line of Lucic, Krejci and Horton is really starting to gain steam and play their game, with Horton and Lucic crashing and banging and Krejci making plays. After combining for seven points in the 6-3 win at Toronto Wednesday, the trio struck again Saturday. Krejci scored to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead 4:20 into the second period with Horton and Lucic assisting, and then Horton lit the lamp 14:26 into the third period with Krejci and Lucic assisting.

Krejci has six points in his past three games, Horton four in his past two and Lucic four in his past two, but the biggest positive is they all are playing their roles and keeping it simple. The top line put on a clinic in killing almost three minutes midway through the third period and seemingly playing keep away from the deflated Leafs, who were forced to call a timeout. When this line is in sync it's a thing of beauty and very difficult to stop.

Kelly lights the lamp again When the Bruins acquired Chris Kelly just prior to the 2011 NHL trade deadline, he was brought in for his solid two-way game and penalty-killing skills. While he delivered in those areas in the playoffs and became an alternate captain this season, not many could've expected that he would be tied for second in goals with Milan Lucic at this point of the season. With his third goal in three games, Kelly has 10 this season and has been a pleasant offensive surprise. At this rate, he should easily surpass his career high of 15 goals and is making a strong case for the Bruins to re-sign him before he hits the free-agent market July 1.

Rask vs. Reimer In what may be considered a surprise move, Bruins coach Claude Julien decided to rest Tim Thomas -- who has been on fire, going 9-0-0 in November -- and starting Tuukka Rask. Julien most likely didn't want Rask -- who last started Nov. 25 in a 3-2 shootout loss to Detroit -- to get rusty. Rask looked solid again, making 21 saves. On the other end, it was goaltender James Reimer hadn't played since Oct. 22, when he took an inadvertent head shot from Canadiens captain Brian Gionta and suffered a concussion. Reimer looked a bit rusty Saturday and made 26 saves.

Penalty kill comes through again The Maple Leafs brought the second-ranked power play into this game and had scored a power play goal in each of their past eight games, but the Bruins' penalty kill shut them down on all four power plays.

Corvo gets in his first NHL fight It took 592 NHL games for Bruins defenseman Joe Corvo to get into a fight, but on Saturday he finally dropped the gloves and did the tango with Leafs winger Joey Crabb.

Lineup status quo except for Rask With the exception of Rask, the Bruins lineup remained the same. However, regular healthy scratches Jordan Caron and Steven Kampfer were not in the press box. Instead they were playing in Providence for the second straight night after being assigned there Thursday to get some playing time. Here's what the lineup looked like:


Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton

Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin

Benoit Pouliot-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley

Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton


Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk

Dennis Seidenberg-Joe Corvo

Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid


Tuukka Rask

Tim Thomas