Saturday, February 4, 2017

Maple Leafs remain undefeated vs Bruins this season


Toronto Maple Leafs @ Boston Bruins game recap video, on February 4, 2017.
Tonight was another disappointment for the Bruins as they fell behind big 4-1 to the Maple Leafs, then the Bruins managed to come back and tie it up 4-4 and 5-5, but the Bruins would eventually lose the game 6-5. The Bruins are now 0-3 this season vs the Maple Leafs.

Quick game summary
In the first period, Bruins David Pastrnak scored his 21st goal of the season, giving the Bruins a 1-0 lead. Later, Maple Leafs William Nylander scored, tying the game 1-1.

In the second period, Maple Leafs James van Riemsdyk scored, giving the Maple Leafs a 2-1 lead. Less than a minute later, Maple Leafs William Nylander scored, giving the Maple Leafs a 3-1 lead. Less than two minutes later, Maple Leafs William Nylander scored a power-play goal, giving the Maple Leafs a 4-1 lead. Less than a minute later, Bruins David Pastrnak scored his 22nd goal of the season, cutting the Maple Leafs lead to 4-2. Later, Bruins Adam McQuaid dropped the gloves with Maple Leafs Matt Martin and they had a long spirited bout with McQuaid ending the fight with a punch that put Martin down to the ice. Later, Bruins Torey Krug scored his 5th goal of the season, a power-play goal, cutting the Maple Leafs lead to 4-3.

In the third period, Bruins Ryan Spooner scored his 8th goal of the season, tying the game 4-4. Later, Maple Leafs Connor Brown scored, giving the Maple Leafs a 5-4 lead. Less than two minutes later, Bruins Patrice Bergeron scored his 13th goal of the season, a power-play goal, tying the game 5-5. Later, Maple Leafs James van Riemsdyk scored, giving the Maple Leafs a 6-5 lead.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask started the game but was pulled in the second period after allowing 4 goals. Rask made 10 saves on 14 shots. Backup goalie Zane McIntyre came into the game in the second period replacing Rask and played the rest of the game. McIntyre made 10 saves on 12 shots and ended up getting the loss in this game. Rask now has a 2.31 GAA and a .911 save percentage this season. McIntyre is now 0-4-0-1 with a 3.96 GAA and a .858 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game with a 60% faceoff percentage and shots 41-26. Both teams had 30 hits and 19 blocked shots. The Bruins went 2-for-5 on the power-play while the Maple Leafs went 1-for-2.

Patrice Bergeron and Torey Krug led the Bruins with 7 shots each. Colin Miller led the Bruins with 6 hits. Torey Krug and Adam McQuaid led the Bruins with 3 blocked shots each.

Jimmy Hayes, John-Michael Liles and Joe Morrow were scratched for the Bruins.

Three stars of the game
1) Maple Leafs forward William Nylander
2) Bruins forward David Pastrnak
3) Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 26-23-6 with 58 points this season and are in 3rd place in the Atlantic division. The Bruins are now 4-5-1 in their last 10 games and their home record is now 12-13-0 this season. The next game for the Bruins is on next Thursday (2/9), when they host the San Jose Sharks, at 7pm ET.

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