NHL Game Summary - Boston at Toronto
(Friday, December 23rd)
Final Score: Toronto 2, Boston 1
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Bryan McCabe scored the eventual game-winning goal and added an assist, as Toronto edged Boston 2-1 in the second installment of a home-and-home series at Air Canada Centre.
Darcy Tucker netted the other goal and Tomas Kaberle recorded two assists for Toronto, which has won two of its last three contests. Ed Belfour was solid in net, stopping 25 of the 26 shots he faced.
Sergei Samsonov scored the lone goal for the Bruins, who have dropped two of their last three. Brian Leetch and Patrice Bergeron both assisted on the goal, while Hannu Toivonen made 26 saves.
Toivonen also made 26 saves on Thursday and denied all nine of the Maple Leafs' power-play chances to lead Boston past Toronto, 4-1, in the opener of the set.
This time around, however, Toronto twice cashed in with the extra man to pick up the win.
After a scoreless first period, Samsonov took advantage of a 5-on-3 with a goal at the 4:21 mark of the second that put Boston ahead, 1-0. The tally came from the lower-left circle, as Samsonov received a pass from Leetch and one- timed it into the short side of the net.
Tucker netted the equalizer less than four minutes later with a 5-on-3 power- play goal of his own, finishing off a crisp passing sequence with a one-timer from below the right circle.
The Maple Leafs went ahead with 12:08 to play in the third period on their second goal of the night with the man advantage. McCabe positioned himself at the center point and took a pass from Kaberle before releasing a quick shot that made it through traffic in front and past a screened Toivonen to make it 2-1.
Boston's Alexei Zhamnov was charged with a double-minor with 3:19 to play, which prevented the Bruins from mounting any kind of final charge. They did have a few good chances prior to that infraction, but Belfour denied each advance.
"Considering our confidence lately, it's a good win," Tucker said. "But we're definitely a better hockey team than what we've played. We have to stop being mediocre -- win one, lose one -- we've got keep winning."
This was the first of a four-game road trip for Boston, which is 6-11-4 away from home. Its next game is at Washington on Tuesday...Toronto, which is 12-7-1 on home ice, will host New Jersey on Monday...Tucker is on a three-game point streak.
12/23 22:17:25 ET