2nd time the leafs took a hammering from Boston. I’m gonna sell them for a model that actually knows how to beat boston, k? lol.
- Wins: 13
- losses: 12
- shootout wins: 3
- shootout losses: 1
- points: 29
Bruins close out brilliant November by beating Leafs
Wednesday, 11.30.2011 / 9:59 PM
TORONTO — The Boston Bruins closed out a November to remember by beating the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-3 on Wednesday night to finish the month undefeated in regulation.
Milan Lucic scored twice and David Krejci had a goal and a pair of assists for the Bruins. Tim Thomas stopped 37 shots for his 12th win of the season as Boston completed the month with a 12-0-1 record — only a shootout loss to Detroit on Nov. 25 kept the Bruins from a perfect month.
The Bruins broke a 2-2 tie at 15:30 of the second period when captain Zdeno Chara zipped a 15-footer to the short side past Jonas Gustavsson. Krejci set up Chara with a tape-to-tape pass, and Chara finished for his fifth of the season. He has goals in back-to-back games for the first time this season.
Benoit Pouliot scored 3:03 into the third period to give the Bruins a 4-2 lead. Pouliot went top shelf with his shot from the right circle after a passout from behind the net by Joe Corvo.
Matt Frattin got the Leafs within a goal at the six-minute mark when his shot from near the goal line to the right of Thomas went into the net off the goaltender. But Lucic finished off a feed from Krejci with 4:39 left in regulation, and Brad Marchand hit the empty net as Boston beat Toronto for the third time this month, outscoring the Leafs 19-4 in the process.
The Bruins went up 2-1 at 3:33 of the second period when Krejci put home the rebound of Nathan Horton’s shot. Gustavsson made the initial save off Horton’s soft backhander but John-Michael Liles and Tyler Bozak failed to clear Krejci from the crease, leaving him free to poke the loose puck into the net for his fourth of the season.
The Leafs got even at 7:00 on a 2-on-1 break, as Joffrey Lupul fired Phil Kessel’s pass behind Thomas for his 12th of the season. Lupul extended his point streak to seven games and finished November with 18 points in 13 games. Kessel, who leads the NHL in points, had failed to register a point against Boston this season until setting up Lupul.
Toronto opened the scoring at 7:29 of the opening period when Mikhail Grabovski finished off a nifty passing play by beating Thomas. Carl Gunnarsson started the play with a long lead pass to Clarke MacArthur at the blue line. MacArthur found a charging Grabovski with a pinpoint cross-ice pass, and Grabovski outskated Andrew Ference before beating Thomas for his sixth goal of the season and first since returning to the lineup after a five-game absence.
Boston tied the game at 15:08 when Lucic wired his ninth past an outstretched Gustavsson just as the first of back-to-back Leaf penalties expired. Lucic snapped an eight-game goal drought, his longest of the season.