NHL Game Summary - Boston at Toronto
(Tuesday, November 28th)
Final Score: Boston 4, Toronto 1
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Tim Thomas turned in his best performance of the season, stopping 45 shots as the Boston Bruins cruised past the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-1, at Air Canada Centre.
Shean Donovan picked up his first goal of the year, Petr Tenkrat and Mark Stuart notched their first assists, while Glen Murray, Marco Sturm and Brad Boyes also scored for the Bruins, winners in seven of their last nine games.
Nik Antropov provided the only offense for the Maple Leafs, losers of two straight games, both at home to the Bruins.
Andrew Raycroft made 20 saves in a losing cause.
After a scoreless first, the Bruins broke the deadlock at 5:59 of the second. Donovan picked up his first goal of the year, by gloving down Andrew Alberts' lead pass just outside the neutral zone, skating down the left wing, and whipping a perfect wrister far side under the crossbar beyond Raycroft's outstretched glove.
Toronto's tying goal with 4:21 left in the second produced a dramatic moment in a game which saw each side skate with little emotion up to that point.
From a 3-on-2 break into the Bruins zone, Michael Peca's wrister through a partial screen was turned aside by Thomas, but the rebound hit Antropov's left skate as he tried to make a hard stop in the crease to avoid a collision with the net.
The goal was initially waved off due to what appeared to be a kicking motion, but upon a lengthy review by replay officials, the call was reversed, and Antropov got credit for the tally.
"The plan is always to chip the puck in, and attack the net, and hard," said Antropov. "I didn't know that I knocked it in, I saw the light go on."
However, the Bruins stole the momentum back from Toronto with a trio of goals in the final 20 minutes.
Fresh from killing off a two-man-disadvantage, Tenkrat started a rush into the Leafs zone, faked a drop pass to defenseman Mark Stuart, and drew two Leaf defenders to the left side. His pass found Murray, skating uncovered down the right side, and his trademark 25-foot slapper beat Raycroft high over his glove, giving Boston a 2-1 lead at 5:35.
From that point, the Leafs threw everything they had at the Bruins and Thomas, leaving some defensive responsibility behind in favor of an all-out offensive assault.
Sturm provided the insurance, when he tucked a shot between Raycroft's pads off a bad Toronto giveaway in their own zone with 2:53 remaining for a 3-1 advantage, and Boyes hit the empty net with 23.4 seconds on the clock to make it 4-1.
"Our plan was to keep chipping the puck in their end, keep their defense as far back as possible, and try to get a scoring opportunity here and there," Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron said. "Our goaltender kept us in the game."
Tonight was the second game of two consecutive matchups between the Bruins and Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre -- the Bruins won, 3-1 on Saturday night...Boston has won four of the last five games in the series...Donovan's goal was his first in his last 27 games, dating back to April...Leafs defenseman Bryan McCabe suffered a left ankle injury late in the third period, when he slipped and fell to the ice while controlling a puck behind his net...Both teams went scoreless on the power play.
11/28 22:50:27 ET