With 61 seconds remaining in regulation tonight, Mikhail Grabovski barreled past Dennis Seidenberg and went upstairs on Tim Thomas for the winning goal in Toronto’s 4-3 victory before 17,565 at TD Garden. The Bruins have now lost their last three games.
“Unacceptable,” said Claude Julien. “It’s one of those situations where if you have any sense of pride, you’re embarrassed about tonight. Not because the other team played well. But because we did not play to the level we should be playing.”
At 9:08 of the third period, Patrice Bergeron scored the go-ahead goal to give the Bruins a 3-2 lead. But at 13:27, Phil Kessel scored his second goal of the night, this time on the power play, to tie the game at 3-3.
The Leafs busted a 1-1 tie in the second period. Tim Thomas, trying to move from right to left, got tangled up with Zdeno Chara. With Thomas down and out, Mikhail Grabovski shot the puck into an empty net at 4:35.
Late in the second, the power play broke through on James Reimer. It was up to the second unit to get the tying goal. Brad Marchand drove to the net and got buried by Luke Schenn. But with Schenn out of position, Gregory Campbell batted home a mid-air puck at 18:34. Video review confirmed that Campbell’s stick was below crossbar height when he tapped the puck past James Reimer to tie the game at 2-2.
Daniel Paille, playing for the first time since being suspended for four games because of his blindside hit on Raymond Sawada, gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead. After Mark Stuart pinched down low to keep the cycle going, Paille flung a pass out front for Campbell. Paille’s pass bonked off Mike Komisarek’s skate and skittered past James Reimer at 8:04 of the opening period for the game’s first goal.
But two consecutive Boston penalties gave the Leafs some momentum. First, David Krejci was sent off for hooking. One second before the Bruins killed Krejci’s penalty, Chara rode Mikhail Grabovski into the end boards. Chara was sent off for boarding. After the Leafs won the following faceoffs, Dion Phaneuf floated a shot on goal from the point. Thomas stopped the shot, but Kessel batted the mid-air rebound into the net at 17:22. It was Kessel’s first goal against his former club.
18:59 3d period: Leafs 4-3
Mikhail Grabovski goes upstairs on Tim Thomas. That’s a goal Thomas has to stop.
18:23 3d period: 3-3
Michael Ryder on the No. 1 line. Nathan Horton could have been selling popcorn all night. Nowhere to be found.
13:27 3d period: 3-3
Phil Kessel dangles through Andrew Ference to score on the PP. Second of the night for Kessel.
9:08 3d period: Bruins 3-2
Patrice Bergeron tucks in rebound of an Adam McQuaid point shot. Bergeron dumped by Dion Phaneuf just as he lets the shot fly.
3:36 3d period: 2-2
Phil Kessel rattles a shot off the left post. Followed up by Mikhail Grabovski shot off the right post.
20:00 2d period: 2-2
Good urgency on the game-tying PPG. That’s why it’s good sometimes to have plumbers instead of skilled guys on PP. Not afraid to go to danger zones.
18:34 2d period: 2-2
Brad Marchand gets pummeled en route to the net by Luke Schenn. But with Schenn out of position, Gregory Campbell hops on the loose puck and beats James Reimer. Video review confirms good goal.
16:14 2d period: Leafs 2-1
Mikhail Grabovski clips David Krejci. More time for PP1, which has been very good tonight. Need to bury those chances, though.
12:26 2d period: Leafs 2-1
Tyler Seguin draws an interference call by driving to the net. Has to do more of the same. He’s not a small guy.
10:10 2d period: Leafs 2-1
Excellent work by PP1. Multiple looks. Best of the bunch was David Krejci trying to go high glove.
8:33 2d period: Leafs 2-1
Milan Lucic pings the right post after a sweet David Krejci dish.
4:57 2d period: Leafs 2-1
Timely glove save by James Reimer on David Krejci.
4:35 2d period: Leafs 2-1
Mikhail Grabovski with the easy goal into an empty net. Tim Thomas down and out while trying to get from right to left.
1:26 2d period: 1-1
Tim Thomas way out to glove Dion Phaneuf’s shot. Takes out Nikolai Kulemin en route.
20:00 1st period: 1-1
Another solid first period for the Bruins. Second, however, is where it went sour against Detroit on Sunday.
18:55 1st period: 1-1
Nearly a gift for Clarke MacArthur. Tim Thomas clears the puck right to a forechecking MacArthur, who goes wide right on the backhand.
17:22 1st period: 1-1
Phil Kessel finally scores on his old club. Taps in mid-air rebound on the PP.
17:17 1st period: Bruins 1-0
Zdeno Chara off for interference. Rode Mikhail Grabovski into the end wall. Grabovski shaken up at first but appears OK.
15:18 1st period: Bruins 1-0
Tough hooking call on David Krejci. Looked like a decent backcheck.
12:30 1st period: Bruins 1-0
Tim Thomas way out to foil Joffrey Lupul.
9:00 1st period: Bruins 1-0
Looked like Jay Rosehill asked Adam McQuaid to go. McQuaid declines.
8:04 1st period: Bruins 1-0
A Daniel Paille pass deflects off Mike Komisarek’s skate and in. Mark Stuart pinching way down low to keep the cycle going. Good play by Stuart.
6:13 1st period: 0-0
Michael Ryder dangles near the net. Ryder playing a heavy game lately. Phil Kessel is not.
4:12 1st period: 0-0
Milan Lucic drives to the net and whacks at a David Krejci setup. Stopped by James Reimer.
1:44 1st period: 0-0
Delay on the ice. Looks like James Reimer having some mask issues.
1:00 1st period: 0-0
Good scoring chances at both ends. Dion Phaneuf hits the post. Brad Marchand goes wide on the breakaway.
0:00 1st period: 0-0
Phil Kessel on the ice. Zdeno Chara is not. A rarity.
0:00 1st period: 0-0
Johnny Boychuk is the healthy scratch for the first time this season.