NHL Game Summary - Boston at Toronto
(Saturday, November 25th)
Final Score: Boston 3, Toronto 1
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Tim Thomas stopped 27 shots, leading the Boston Bruins past the Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-1, at the Air Canada Centre.
Petr Tenkrat, Marc Savard and Brad Boyes all tallied for the Bruins, who have won two of three. Zdeno Chara also added two assists in the victory.
The Maple Leafs were coming off a 7-1 thrashing of the Washington Capitals on Friday, but failed to light the lamp against Boston until the third period.
Toronto got its lone tally from Mats Sundin, who returned after missing seven games with a torn ligament in his right elbow. The Leafs' captain suffered the injury November 6 in a game against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Bryan McCabe assisted on the score, extending his point streak to nine games (4G, 9A). Andrew Raycroft stopped 22-of-25 shots in a losing effort.
Boston jumped out to a 1-0 lead with 6:04 played in the first period. After the Leafs failed to clear the zone, Stanislav Chistov gained possession and carried the puck along the right boards. He sent a cross-ice pass to Tenkrat, who was flying through the slot and caught the puck on the blade of his stick before beating Raycroft on a wrister.
The Bruins struck again with 5:54 remaining before the first intermission. With Alexei Ponikarovsky off for holding, Chara sent a pass to Patrice Bergeron, who fed Savard perfectly and the center ripped a one-timer just over Raycroft's glove to take a 2-0 lead.
Darcy Tucker and Paul Mara closed out the front stanza by engaging one another in a battle of fisticuffs. The fight was the end result of a hit Tucker put on Chara behind the boards, to which Mara took exception. The defenseman poked Tucker with the front of his stick, and Tucker responded by shoving him to the ice before both men dropped the gloves. They were each assessed five minute majors for fighting, but Mara also received a two-minute penalty for instigation and a 10-minute game misconduct.
The teams followed by skating to a scoreless second period.
The Leafs cut their deficit to one with 7:56 remaining in the third. Tucker started the play with a body check, and McCabe followed with a slap shot from point. The puck deflected off the netminder and up in the air, landing in the crease as several players poked at the loose disc, which trickled into the goal. After review, the score was credited to Sundin.
Boston put the game on ice on Boyes' fourth of the season. Both Toronto defensemen got caught behind the net, leaving the center all alone in front where he easily beat Raycroft on a snap shot with 4:16 left.
"I haven't had a lot of chances lately," said Boyes. "It's a relief. Bergy (Bergeron) and Sturmzie (Marco Sturm) were working down low and got it to me. I don't remember shooting it but I did see it go in."
Each team netted a power play tally...The win marked the first time all season Boston won by more than one goal...Tucker has a five game point streak (5G, 3A)...Bergeron is on a six-game streak (2G, 5A)...This was the third of four games between these teams in a 20-day span. They will meet again Tuesday in Toronto...Boston leads the season series 2-1. The first two games were played in Beantown.
11/25 22:19:28 ET