NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Boston |
(Thursday, November 17th)
Final Score: Toronto 4, Boston 1
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Eric Lindros scored a key third-period goal and
assisted on another, while Mikael Tellqvist made 31 saves as the Toronto Maple
Leafs defeated the Boston Bruins, 4-1, in a Northeast Division battle at TD
Nik Antropov, Mats Sundin and Darcy Tucker also scored for Toronto, which has
won three straight and five of its last seven games overall. Bryan McCabe and
Jason Allison each added two assists in the victory.
Brad Isbister tallied the lone goal for Boston, which has now lost four
straight games. Andrew Raycroft allowed four goals on 26 shots in the losing
With the contest tied 1-1 in the early stages of the third period, Boston
killed off a two-man advantage but could not capitalize on the momentum, and
watched as the Maple Leafs scored twice in a two-minute span to take control
The Leafs took the lead thanks in part to solid forechecking. Chad Kilger
fought for control along the rear boards and kicked the puck over to Tie Domi,
who skated behind the net before feeding a beautiful blind pass to Lindros out
front. Lindros easily beat Raycroft with a backhander with 11:52 remaining in
Exactly two minutes later, Sundin's third goal of the season -- this one on
the power play -- created a 3-1 Toronto edge and sucked the life out of the
home crowd. A shot from above the left circle deflected off of several
players, the last of which was Sundin, and he was credited with the tally at
the 10:08 mark.
The Bruins not only failed to put pressure on Tellqvist thereafter, but
continued to skate shorthanded. Once again an infraction led to the final
Toronto goal. Bruins' blueliner Milan Jurcina went to the penalty box for a
high-sticking minor and a textbook, tic-tac-toe play made it 4-1.
Allison corralled the puck at the left half-wall and passed down low to
Lindros along the goal line. Lindros immediately fired a pass through the
crease, where Tucker was waiting at the right post and one-timed it into the
open net with 5:27 to play.
"I am very proud of that third period," said Allison. "We showed a lot of
character by coming back and winning."
This contest was very physical from the start, with neither team finding the
back of the net in the opening period.
In the second, each team scored once in what continued to be a chippy battle.
Lindros was all over the ice throwing body checks, as was his counterpart Joe
Midway through the stanza, the Leafs took a 1-0 lead. McCabe held the puck at
the right point and ripped a shot that was saved by Raycroft. The rebound
found the stick of Allison, who mustered a turnaround shot that was again
However, that rebound sat in the crease before Antropov fought off a defender,
collected the puck in his skates, moved it to his forehand and punched the
puck home from the top of the crease at 11:18.
The only Toronto penalty of the second period proved costly when the Bruins
scored a power-play goal with just 13 seconds remaining in the frame.
Defenseman Aki Berg was whistled for hooking with 1:17 to play and Boston went
to work 5-on-4.
A blast from the point hit the paddle of Tellqvist and caromed out to the
bottom of the left half-wall. Jiri Slegr hustled over and fired the disc
toward the net from a sharp angle. Isbister was stationed at the top of the
crease and got his stick on the puck for the redirection marker and a 1-1 tie.
"After that big goal we had the momentum, but then we had it taken away by
taking dumb penalties in the third," Thornton said.
Lindros' goal was his eighth in the third period this season...Toronto
defenseman Ken Klee needed several stitches to his upper lip after he was cut
by the skate of Boston's Dave Scatchard in the first period...Toronto improved
to 4-4-1 on the road, while the Bruins fell to 4-4-1 on home ice...The Leafs,
who own the best power play in the NHL, finished 2-for-7 with the man
advantage, while the Bruins were 1-for-4 with the extra skater...Attendance
11/18 00:45:29 ET