NHL Game Summary - Boston at Toronto
(Saturday, December 19th)
Final Score: Toronto 2, Boston 0
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Jonas Gustavsson turned aside all 25 shots he faced for his first career shutout as the Toronto Maple Leafs took a 2-0 win over the Boston Bruins at Air Canada Centre.
Tomas Kaberle and Jason Blake each had a goal for the Maple Leafs, who had dropped their previous two games.
"It doesn't happen every day, so of course I'm happy with that," Gustavsson said of his shutout. "But I'm also really happy with the win tonight. It was great for us to come back after two losses, and then we had two losses [earlier this season] against Boston, too."
Tuukka Rask stopped 29 shots for the Bruins, who have dropped their past four games.
"Defensively I thought we played well enough to stay in the game," Bruins head coach Claude Julien said. "It's unfortunate, but again, we have guys that are paid to produce, and are known to produce. As long as they don't produce, we're going to be struggling that way."
After a scoreless first period which saw Gustavsson stop 12 shots and Rask turn aside eight, the Maple Leafs took a 1-0 lead just 2:24 into the second as Kaberle's wrister found the back of the net.
Gustavsson turned aside all eight shots he faced in the second period to keep the shutout going.
Toronto got an insurance goal in the third as Blake beat Rask with a wrister halfway through the period to make it a 2-0 game.
The Maple Leafs defense did a good job in the third keeping Boston away from the net as Gustavsson needed to make just five stops in the frame to get the shutout.
Toronto plays in Buffalo on Monday...Boston plays at Ottawa on Monday...Boston had taken the two previous meetings this season, a 7-2 win on December 5 and a 5-2 win on December 10, both in Boston. The Bruins had won seven straight over the Maple Leafs...Neither team scored on the power play with Toronto having three chances and Boston six.
12/20 01:23:31 ET