Sunday, February 3, 2013

Bruins play much better, beat Leafs 1-0

Zdeno Chara vs Phil Kessel
TORONTO, CANADA - FEBRUARY 2: Phil Kessel #81 of the Toronto Maple Leafs looks to shoot the puck as Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins defends during NHL game action February 2, 2013 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)
After a bad game against the Sabres on Thursday you knew the Bruins would come out strong their next game and they did just that last night against the Toronto Maple Leafs as the Bruins won 1-0. Newly recalled Bruins Jamie Tardif made his NHL debut as well.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Lane MacDermid dropped the gloves with Leafs Mark Fraser and had an ok fight that I would call a draw. Later in the period, Bruins Chris Bourque scored his 1st goal of the season to make it 1-0 Bruins.

In the second period, no scoring happened. MacDermid dropped the gloves with Fraser for a second time and both guys exchanged fast and furious punches. MacDermid would get the better of Fraser as Fraser went down to the ice from a punch.

In the third period, no scoring happened.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and stopped all 21 shots that he faced. Rask is now 5-1-1 with a 2.10 GAA and a .919 save percentage. This was Rask's first shutout of the season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 34-21, faceoff wins 35-29 and blocked shots 22-12. The Leafs led the game in hits 44-29. The Bruins went 0-for-2 on the power-play while the Leafs went 0-for-3.

Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin led the Bruins with 6 shots apiece. Milan Lucic led the Bruins with 4 hits. Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 5 blocked shots.

Leafs Phil Kessel was held to three shots and still has zero goals this season.

Player notes
Shawn Thornton (concussion) and Daniel Paille (upper-body injury) were out of the Bruins lineup. Jamie Tardif had 5:03 of ice time and had 2 hits.

Brad Marchand crashed into the boards heavily in the second period and the Bruins staff kept him out of the rest of the game for precautionary reasons.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 6-1-1 with 12 points. The next game for the Bruins is on Wednesday, at the Montreal Canadiens at 7:30pm ET. The game will be shown on the NBCSN network.

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