Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Game Sixty Five: Caron The Incredible
In an attempt to break their current two-game losing streak, the Bruins tried to take what little momentum they had left into Toronto on Tuesday night in a match-up against the Maple Leafs.
The Bruins announced on Monday night that they signed former NHL goaltender Marty Turco to a one-year contract. He must clear through waivers before he can join the team. If he does make the team then he will not be eligible to play in the playoffs.
While the B's are battling injuries, the Maple Leafs are on a downward spiral out of the Eastern Conference playoff race. They came into the game in 12th place with 67 points, five points out of the eighth and final spot. With Randy Carlyle in as the new head coach, look for the Leafs to make a late push as the season comes to a close.
Daniel Paille and Andrew Ference did not make the trip with the Bruins for this game. Tim Thomas got the start in goal once again.
The game started with both teams coming out checking early and often. The heavy pressure resulted in 34 total hits in the opening period.
Carl Gunnarsson put the Leafs on the board first when Milan Lucic turned the puck over in the defensive zone. The open space available to Gunnarsson was enough to bury the puck past Thomas. Jordan Caron tied the game up by scoring his fifth goal of the season on assists from Benoit Pouliot and Joe Corvo.
The second period was not too eventful. Six total goals were scored including a pair from Tyler Seguin. Caron picked up his second and third point of the game when he scored his sixth goal of the season and assisted Chris Kelly's career-high 16th goal. The Leafs grabbed a pair of goals of their own, one of which was a five-on-three power play goal. John-Michael Liles and Phil Kessel had the tallies for Toronto. Shawn Thornton and Dennis Seidenberg (yes, Dennis Seidenberg) each dropped the gloves for a fight. See, not too eventful at all (sarcastic).
The third period was still physical but as the time started to drain away, both teams focused more on getting the win. Mikhail Grabovski netted his 21st goal of the season to make it a one-goal game. The Leafs had a six-on-four advantage with 16 seconds remaining. However, it was Patrice Bergeron who made two great clearances to preserve the 5-4 victory for Boston.
The Bruins are now 5-0-0 against the Maple Leafs this season. Ten Bruins finished with a point, four with multiple points.
Pouliot left the game for undisclosed reasons at some point towards the end of the second period and did not return.
The Bruins will be back in action Thursday night when they host the Buffalo Sabres.
Gold Star: Jordan Caron (2 goals, 1 assist, plus-3 rating, 4 shots on goal)...How does he follow up his first career multi-point game? He records his first career three-point game. He has new found energy to his game.
Black Star: Brian Rolston...He looked a little slow on the penalty kill and could not really get anything going offensively.