Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Bruins poor special teams costs them game vs Leafs


Bruins Johnny Boychuk hits Leafs James van Riemsdyk, JVR's glove flies into stands, on January 14, 2014. Video by Dafoomie.
Although they've been struggling recently, the Maple Leafs capitalized on the Bruins poor special teams play on Tuesday night and beat the Bruins 4-3. The Bruins gave up two power-play goals and didn't score on the three power-plays they had themselves.

Bruins Johnny Boychuk was back in the lineup after missing the last game due to his wife having twins. Boychuk had the hit of the game, watch it to the left. Bruins Shawn Thornton got into his first fight since his return to the lineup against Leafs Frazer McLaren.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins Shawn Thornton dropped the gloves with Leafs Frazer McLaren and not much happened in the fight, a draw. Shortly after the fight, Bruins Brad Marchand scored his 11th goal of the season, making it 1-0 Bruins. Less than three minutes later, Leafs Tyler Bozak scored, tying the game 1-1. Later, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 11th goal of the season, making it 2-1 Bruins. Less than three minutes later, Leafs Tyler Bozak scored a power-play goal, tying the game 2-2.

In the second period, Leafs Jake Gardiner scored a power-play goal, making it 3-2 Leafs.

In the third period, Leafs James van Riemsdyk scored, making it 4-2 Leafs.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net for the Bruins and 22 saves on 26 shots. Rask is now 22-12-2 with a 2.11 GAA and a .928 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in shots 41-26, hits 27-22 and faceoff wins 37-34. The Leafs led the game in blocked shots 19-10. The Bruins went 0-for-3 on the power-play while the Leafs went 2-for-5.

Jarome Iginla, Zdeno Chara, Johnny Boychuk, Brad Marchand led the Bruins with 4 shots each. Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 6 hits. Zdeno Chara, David Krejci and Johnny Boychuk led the Bruins with 2 blocked shots each.

Player notes
On Sunday, forward Matt Fraser was sent back to Providence (AHL).

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 29-15-2 with 60 points and tied for 1st place in the Atlantic Division with the Tampa Bay Lightning. The next game for the Bruins is on Thursday at the Dallas Stars at 8:30pm ET.

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