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Final: Bruins 4, Leafs 1

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff  December 3, 2011 06:26 PM

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THIRD PERIOD

All over at TD. Bruins win, 4-1. Now without a regulation loss in 14 straight games: 13-0-1. Next into the hurt locker: the Penguins Monday night in Pittsburgh.

2:25 to go. Win No. 16 being inked in the book.

14:26 -- Bruins, 4-1. Horton provides knockout punch with hard wrister from high inner edge of left wing circle. Adds to a dominating period.

Leafs call time out at 11:10 after being pinned in their own zone, 5-on-5, for slightly more than two minutes.

Once more, very limited showing thus far by Kessel against his former team. Dynamic speed. But those Spoke-B sweaters are garlic to him.
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6:28 -- Chara off for hooking. Chance for Leafs to cut Boston lead in half.

3:06 -- Bruins, 3-1. Boychuk bomb from top edge of right wing circle. Master blaster. His third of the season.

Lots of stops and starts in first 2:30. Bruins still with one-goal lead.

Underway.


SECOND PERIOD.

Second set complete. Bruins with 2-1 lead. Very even game. Bruins with 19-18 shot lead.

Good PK for the Bruins. Rask under some heavy pressure at end. Boston retains 1-0 lead.

15:33 -- Krejci off for holding. Another TOR PP.

13:11 -- Bruins, 2-1. Kelly with easy forehand post at left post off of sweet dish from right wing by Peverley. On prior shift, Seguin and Marchand nearly connect for goal.

12:00 gone by. Still 1-1.

8:11 -- Chara sent off for tripping Crabb. Ticky-tack call. Leafs PP. Kessel free to skate with Z in sin bin.

5:08 -- Leafs tie, 1-1. Grabovski rips in vicious one-timer from outer edge of right wing cicle, set up by a Gardiner skating clinic.

4:20 -- Bruins, 1-0. Krejci pots go-ahead strike, rushing into slot for Horton feed from goal line. Kessel bumped off puck along right wing wall in heavy action with Lucic.

More of same. Lots of skating. Not a lot of playmaking. Still 0-0 with 3:30 gone.

Underway.

FIRST PERIOD

First 20:00 wrapped up. No score. Bruins with 10-7 shot edge. Neither side with great chances or sustained pressure, but excellent skating pace. Top-end go-kart hockey, the trend in New NHL.

Clubs skating four men apiece, aftrer LUcic (17:49) and MacArthur (18:11) send off for minors.

Paced has backed off a bit. Neither side with significant threats. Still nil-nil.

Boisterous Toronto contingent in sellout crowd. Canadians taking advantage of stronger dollar, living large in Hub.

11:48 -- Bergeron nearly cashes in on bang-bang feed in from Marchand from right wing circle. Still great pace. No score. Bruins, 7-3, on shots.

Halfway through period. 0-0.

8:10 -- McQuaid slapper through crowd stopped by Reimer.

7:00 -- Kessel, booed every shift, takes hit in corner from Chara.

Schenn uses stick to break up 2-on-1 attempt that had Peverley attempting to dish left to Kelly around the 5:30 mark.

Outstanding pace, both sides.

Abougt 1:30 mark before Kessel appears on ice for Leafs. Chara over boards for first shift for Bruins.

Rene Rancourt just double dipped on the anthem. Game on.


Bruins tonight wearing the sweaters formerly known as home whites, now known as road whites.

Closing in on Bruins-Leafs puck drop here at TD Garden.

Betting in the press box is that Tuukka Rask gets the start tonight in the Boston net, opposed by James Reimer. Reimer is back after a long layoff due to concussion. Rask led his fellow boys of winter out of the dressing room for the pre-game skate.

A win tonight by the Leafs would be their 15th, equalling the Bruins' total (15-7-1). It also would give the Leafs 32 points for the season. The Bruins begin the night with 31 points, good for first overall in the Northeast Division standings.

Unless the Leafs fashion a crash of Red Sox '11 proportions, they will qualify for the playoffs this season for the first time since 2003-'04.

Sophomore phenom Tyler Seguin has scored only one goal for the Bruins in the last eight games. He had been sizzling hot for much of November, hitting the back of the net seven times in a span of four games.

Ex-Bruin Phil Kessel, the league's leading point-getter (16-16--32) into tonight's action, has gone four straight without a goal since potting a pair vs. the Canes Nov. 20.

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