Observations: Bruins 5, Leafs 4

March, 6, 2012
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Tyler Seguin and Jordan Caron had two goals each and Benoit Pouliot and Zdeno Chara had two assists apiece as the Boston Bruins beat the Maple Leafs for a fifth straight time and snapped a two-game losing streak. Chris Kelly lit the lamp as well and Tim Thomas made 25 saves for the win.

Team picks up Thomas: Following Sunday’s 3-2 loss to the Rangers, we pointed out here that Tim Thomas did not have the best game in stopping just 13 of 17 shots but his teammates did not pick him up and carry him as he has them so many times before. Well on Tuesday night, Thomas’ teammates were there for him. After the Maple Leafs had tied the game at 3-3 on a Phil Kessel power-play goal at 9:52 -- one that Thomas most definitely wants back -- the Bruins answered with two straight goals to take a 5-3 lead into the second intermission. The Bruins showed more resilience and didn’t depend on Thomas to a fault as they have recently. Thomas wasn’t horrible with 25 saves but he needed his teammates' help and they delivered.

With no Tuukka Rask for most likely the remainder of the season, Thomas will most likely get the majority of the starts even with Marty Turco signed. The Bruins need to prove to themselves and to Thomas that even when Thomas isn’t on, they can win and they did that Tuesday.

Caron-Kelly-Pouliot line en fuego again but Pouliot hurt: The line of Caron, Chris Kelly and Jordan Caron continued to sizzle with Caron being the hottest. After chipping in with a goal and an assist Sunday against the Rangers, Caron had a three-point night with two goals and an assist. Kelly added a goal and Pouliot had two helpers. Unfortunately Pouliot was injured in the second period and did not return. No information was given on the injury.

Lucic-Krejci-Seguin line steps up: Another thing we were critical of here following the loss to the Rangers Sunday was the lack of consistent offensive pressure from Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Seguin. Yes, Krejci scored in the third but that consistency wasn’t there. On Tuesday it was and they abused a disorganized Toronto blue line. Seguin lit the lamp twice; Krejci had an assist and Lucic notched an assist as well, his 200th NHL point.

Chara comes alive: Zdeno Chara has struggled as of late and he has not been looking like a Norris Trophy candidate as he usually does but on Tuesday the captain stepped up in a big way with two helpers and an exemplary effort. Chara was throwing the body around, was sound on defense and smart but aggressive with the puck. The Bruins followed his lead and the defense as a whole was better in the clutch.

James Murphy

Bruins reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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