The beating is done. Bruins, 7-0, win consecutive games for first time this season, inch closer to .500 (5-7-0). First career hat trick for Tyler Seguin. Two goals for Milan Lucic. Phil Kessel and entire Leafs squad the Invisible Men.
Phaneuf explodes on Kelly around the 11:00. View from stands: looks like Phaneuf targeted his head. No call. Kelly springs right back on feet.
6:12 — Bruins, 7-0. Mercy. Thornton adds extra point, firing in shot from right wing on gift turnover by Steckel. Toronto sports talkshow hosts leave dinner parties around city and head to repsective studios to sharpen cutlery.
5:44 — Bruins, 6-0. Beat goes on. Lucic pots his second with quick snap from slot off of Krejci feed. Touchdown.
Underway at 9:06 p.m.
Period is a wrap at 8:48 p.m. Bruins, 5-0. Had this been in Montreal, MPD would be beseiged by 911 calls.
Gustavsson relieves the frayed Scrivens in Toronto net. Scrivens apologies to teammates as he skates by bench.
15:15 — Boston 5-0. Krejci polishes off near right post. Leafs a shipwreck in their own end. Hard to believe they entered the night with best record in NHL. Surprised ACC sprinkler system hasn’t triggered.
15:01 — Boston, 4-0 — Seguin hat trick. First of career. Connects with lethal snap to top right corner, short side on Scrivens. Another assist for Bergeron, who starts play by winning battle on left wing board. Seguin 3, Kessel 0. A real whuppin’.
11:45 — Seguin makes way slowly to Boston bench after getting drilled in nose by Joey Crabb elbow. Looks like he will shake it off.
A little life out of Kessel on shift out of timeout. Chara not on ice, giving the ex-Bruin a few feet of operationg room. Chara has become his oversize ankle bracelet.
Halfway through regulation time. Bruins still with 3-0 advantage. Leafs can’t get any kind of bingo going. Even with healthy advantage, Bruins not getting much out of Krejci or Horton.
Kessel virtually invisible thus far. As if he has been draped by the the magic cape from Harry Potter. Where’d he go?
1:42 — Boston, 3-0. Leafs defensemen caught on siesta. Only 8 seconds after Seguin strike, Lucic walks in from blue line with Chara feed and beats Scrivens through 5-hole with doorstep snap. Odd, but Leafs coach Ron Wilson does not call for time out. Rare three-goal lead for Bruins.
1:34 — Boston, 2-0. Seguin again, this time forcing turnover outside blue line and rushing to slot to bat in Bergeron feed from right wing. Seguin’s stick was high, but play withstands video review. Seguin 2, Kessel 0.
Underway at 8:11 p.m.
First period in books. Bruins with 1-0 lead on Seguin’s fifth goal of season. Not much offense from either side. TO with slight 7-5 shot lead.
14:00 — Bruins still with 1-0 lead. Each side with shorts landed on net.
Very little presence in offensive end by Leafs. Look as if they are watiing for a power-play chance to obtain visa for that end of ice.
10:15. Strong backcheck by Seguin prevents possible good scoring chance for top-seeded Leafs.
6:23 — Boston, 1-0. Seguin drills in one-timer from left wing cirlce, off Peverley cross-slot pass from right wing halfwall. Bergeron second assist. Power-play goal. Seguin 1, Kessel 0.
4:45 — Gardiner opts not to clobber Bergeron in open ice. Bergeron had head down. Had it been Phaneuf, Bergeron might have been in huge trouble. Scary.
Whistle at 3:32. No score. Good pace. Kessel with a shot off right wing on his first shift. Some chatter between Thornton and Phaneuf.
Underway at 7:17 p.m.
About ready to go here at the ACC.
Tim Thomas starts in net for the Bruins, against ex-Cornell standout Ben Scrivens.
Steve Kampfer and Benoit Pouliot will spend the night in the pressbox, offering spare verbs, adjectives and gerunds to overworked, undernourished scribes.