Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs
Goals: Mikhail Grabovski (Toronto), Milan Lucic x2 (Boston), David Krejci (Boston), Joffrey Lupul (Toronto), Zdeno Chara (Boston), Benoit Pouliot (Boston), Matt Frattin (Toronto), Brad Marchand (Boston)
Goalies: Tim Thomas (.919%), Jonas Gustavsson (.872%)
With this win, Boston is 12-0-1 for the month of November. Considering we were 3-7-0 this time last month, that is an immense turnaround. We stand atop the Northeast again and are second only to Pittsburgh in the East. What a great November this was!
Tonight, the top line got out of its funk. David Krejci had a three-point night (1 G, 2 A), Nathan Horton picked up two assists and Milan Lucic scored twice, including on the power play. Great, boys! Now please keep it going!
Zdeno Chara scored a very “Patrick Kane‘s Cup-clincher” goal tonight when no one seemed to realize it had gone in at first–not Jonas Gustavsson, not his teammates, not even the zebras or the goal light. It was kind of awesome.
Benoit Pouliot continued to earn ice time and prove himself to his new coach by scoring a goal and working very hard at times to try and pot more of them. He also stayed completely out of the sin bin, which is good as well.
…No, seriously, the last time the Bruins had a month this good was the same year we landed on the moon. Wow.
However, Toronto’s three goals felt as soft as my favorite pillow, especially the first one. The second one represented a flub of Boston’s defense and the third was just a fail on everyone’s part for the Spoked B. Maybe it was then that we realized this would not do.
Ouch! Johnny Boychuk was boarded from behind pretty roughly after the refs already blew the whistle to declare icing…but nothing came of that hit! (We turned around and scored soon thereafter, but still.)
vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
Let’s see if we can take both parts of this home and home!