Adding insult to missed opportunity was the fact that the man who has been the target of backhanded compliments from Bruins fans for delivering Seguin, Phil Kessel, lifted a backhander into the Boston net at 8:59 of the third to make it 2-0, turning Maple Leaf Square outside the Air Canada Centre into blue-clad ebullience.
It was Kessel’s third goal of the series. He has outscored the Bergeron line by himself.
That prompted the Toronto faithful to give their own take on Boston’s infamous “Thank you, Kessel” chant. The audience chimed in with “Thank you, Seguin” with 9:14 left in the game.
The Bruins’ wonder boy is now a pointless whipping boy for the opposing fanbase.
The Bruins are at the end of the line in this series, and if the Bergeron line doesn’t find its touch, the final destination for the Bruins is another early playoff exit.