Saturday, March 19, 2011

Game 71: A Spoiled Homecoming

The Bruins finished up a mini four game road trip tonight when they traveled to Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs. This was the first time that Bruins' defenseman Tomas Kaberle returned to his former team since the trade. The butterflies must have been present, but knowing how great of a player Kaberle is, it was all business when the puck dropped.

Tim Thomas got the start in net for the Bruins tonight. His night in net did not last too long. After allowing four goals, he was pulled about halfway through the second period in favor of Tuukka Rask. Toronto players Luke Schenn, Nazem Kadri, Joey Crabb, and Mike Brown were the goal scorers that put the puck past Thomas. Once Rask got into the net, Keith Aulie added to the lead by scoring his second of the season.

Adam McQuaid got the Bruins on the board early in the first period, but that was the only goal scored by Boston through two periods. The Maple Leafs took a 5-1 lead after the first 40 minutes. The Bruins were getting some scoring chances, but they just failed to capitalize. That was in part by the outstanding play of Toronto goaltender James Reimer.

The third period was a slow one that did not see a goal until the final 20 seconds. Daniel Paille scored his third of the season for Boston. Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell had the assists. Even though Toronto did not score another goal in the third period, Thomas replaced Rask in yet another goalie change. Make up your mind Claude Julien.

Nathan Horton went head to head with Dion Phaneuf in a fight tonight. Horton came up cut after Phaneuf drove his head into the ice. These two have a personal history with each other so it was not a surprise to see these two guys go again. The Maple Leafs ended up winning this game 5-2 over the Bruins.

Gold Star: Tyler Seguin ( 5 shots on goal, 2 hits, -1 rating)...a solid game from the rookie. He thrives on coming off healthy scratches. It must motivate the kid.

Black Star: Andrew Ference...this was his first game back since injuring his leg against Vancouver. He finished -3 for the night. A bit of a rough first game back, but that is normal. It should not be long before he is back to his form.

The Bruins will head back to Boston for a Tuesday night game against New Jersey. They have 11 games remaining on their schedule and eight of those games will be played at the TD Garden.

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