Monday, March 19, 2012

Game Seventy Two: Bruins Sweep Leafs In Season Series

The Bruins were back in action on Monday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs. This was the final meeting between the two teams and Boston was coming into the game looking to complete the season sweep.

Boston has had great success against the Northeast Division. A game such as this one could not have came at a more opportunistic time for the Bruins since they will set out for a West Coast road trip later this week. They looked to take care of business at home against a struggling Leafs squad.

Joe Corvo missed his second straight game on Monday as he was scratched from the lineup. Greg Zanon took his place and skated with Adam McQuaid. Tim Thomas was in goal on Monday, making his 13th consecutive appearance.

The Bruins came out and scored four goals in the opening period. Chris Kelly, Gregory Campbell, Benoit Pouliot, and Brad Marchand were the ones who found the back of the cage.

Milan Lucic reconnected with his old buddy Mike Komisarek as they dropped the gloves for a bout. It was good to see the Bruins use their physicality in this one, an area where they seemed to be lacking over the last few games.

Above all else, Boston held strong on the defensive end of the ice as they only allowed two shots on goal. The Leafs pulled starting goaltender James Reimer in favor of Jonas Gustavsson after allowing the fourth goal.

The B’s picked up right where they left off heading into the second period. Boston managed to add to their goal total by lighting the lamp three more times. Pouliot, Zdeno Chara, and Brian Rolston were the ones who had the tallies.

Things began to settle down as the game progressed into the second and third periods. Both teams still managed to get decent scoring chances. However, it was very difficult for Toronto to get anything going, especially with a seven-goal deficit. Tyler Seguin added one more goal late in the third period to cap off the 8-0 victory.

The Bruins posses a 6-1-0 record in games played on Monday this season. Just a random, yet interesting, tidbit of information.

The Bruins' next game will be Thursday night against the San Jose Sharks.

Gold Star: Brian Rolston (1 goal, 3 assists, plus-4 rating, 2 shots on goal)...The veteran clearly still has something left in the tank. He now has a three-game point streak.

Black Star: Patrice Bergeron...He lost more than half of his face-offs and did not contribute anything offensively. Looks like he wanted to let the third line have fun in this one.

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