NHL Game Summary - Boston at Toronto
(Tuesday, November 20th)
Final Score: Boston 4, Toronto 2
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Chuck Kobasew scored two goals in the third period and Tuukka Rask made 30 saves in his NHL debut, as Boston rallied to top the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-2, at Air Canada Centre.
Marco Sturm collected a pair of assists for Boston, which has won three of four. P.J. Axelsson and Phil Kessel also scored in the win, while Kobasew recorded an assist as well.
Rask, originally a first round pick (21st overall) in the 2005 draft by Toronto, was acquired from the Maple Leafs on June 24, 2006 for goaltender Andrew Raycroft, the backup behind Vesa Toskala. At the time of his recall, Rask was 7-2-0 with a 2.10 goals against average in nine games for the Providence Bruins, Boston's top affiliate in the AHL.
"I didn't expect this type of game, lots of shots," said Rask. "I think I handled it well. I really appreciate the guys tonight. They told me in the second period (intermission) not to worry, they were going to get it (the win) for me."
Mats Sundin and Bryan McCabe had the goals for the Maple Leafs, who have dropped five of seven. Tomas Kaberle recorded two assists and Toskala allowed three goals on 24 shots in the loss.
Axelsson lit the lamp near the midway point of the third period to knot the game, 2-2. Marc Savard drove to the net, made a blind pass from the left circle to Axelsson, and he fired a shot into the open cage.
It was Axelsson's first goal of the season.
Kobasew gave the Bruins their first lead of the game, 3-2, with 3:31 remaining in the third. His wrist shot from the left circle beat Toskala on the short side.
A stellar save by Rask on Jiri Tlusty with the left pad preceded Kobasew's game-winning tally.
Kobasew's empty-net goal in the final minute sealed the win for Boston.
"I don't know the reasoning why it happens," said Toronto center Boyd Devereaux, referring to blowing a two-goal lead. "I guess it's cause you sit back and try to protect the two-goal lead. I thought we started the third (period) well and all of a sudden, they were a lot of bad breakdowns."
McCabe's power-play goal with 4:50 left in the opening stanza put the Maple Leafs ahead 1-0.
Nik Antropov skated the puck into the zone and dished it to McCabe along the far boards. McCabe released a wrister from above the right circle that deflected off the skate of Glen Metropolit and under the left arm of Rask. Rask got a piece of the puck, but wasn't able to squeeze it against his body.
Sundin made it a 2-0 game with 4:24 remaining in the second. Sundin gathered the puck at center ice and blasted the rolling disc from just inside the blue line, but it was redirected by the stick of Aaron Ward and it beat Rask high on the stick-side.
Then, in the dying stages of the frame, Kessel cut the deficit in half, 2-1. While killing a penalty, McCabe tried to force the puck up the middle of the ice, but his clearing attempt bounced off Kobasew, who collected the puck in the right corner and centered it for Kessel's one-timer with 48 seconds left.
Boston has won 10 of 15 and 11 of the last 17 meetings...Savard has one goal and six assists during his four-game point streak, while Sturm's four-game goal-scoring streak was snapped...Kessel's second-period goal snapped Toronto's shutout streak at 113:37 and Toskala's personal best streak at 141:47...Tuesday's contest was the first game Boston won when trailing after two periods...Sundin has three goals and four assists during his six-game point streak, and has recorded at least one point in each of the Maple Leafs 13 home games this season, collecting 21 points on seven goals and 14 assists during the stretch...McCabe has recorded at least one point in four straight games, while Kaberle and Antropov have collected an assist in three consecutive games.
11/20 22:33:06 ET