TORONTO — Boston captain Zdeno Chara reported after the Bruins’ 5-2 loss here this evening that he is OK after being hobbled by a slapshot off of his left instep with five minutes remaining to play at the ACC.
Big Z dismissed it simply as ”a hockey play” and added that it is ”not a problem.”
Moments earlier, coach Claude Julien said the shot bruised Chara’s foot and he did not believe it was a major issue. ”But we’ll know more tomorrow,” said Julien.
The Bruins are now 1-3-3 in their last seven games. ”Time to put on our boots and hard hats,” said Julien.
The Bruins again were blanked (0-for-2) on the power play. Their play is tentative, dull and seems unmotivated.
Over here at ACC. Leafs easy winners, 5-2.
Paille cuts lead to 5-2 off feed from Thornton with 20 seconds remaining.
15:00 — Turning into horror show for Bruins. While killing a penalty, Chara hobbled by Grabovski shot to left foot. Makes way to bench but the big guy is in obvious pain.
11:45 — Horton and Phaneuf square off at center ice. Finally some spark from Bruins,but way too late.
Canadian TV broadcast shows Leafs assistant coach Tim Hunter using iPad behind Toronto bench. Immediate speculation here: he’s reading boston.com’s Bruins Blog. Or could be he’s following Shinzawa’s tips on chowhound.com?
4:42 — Brown off for interfering with Thomas. Alleged Boston power play takes ice.
Canadian TV broadcast crew is speculating that Thomas is back in net because Rask reacted poorly, perhaps criticizing on-ice teammates, in moments immediately after Aulie scored 5-1 goal in second period.
Play underway. Thomas back in Boston net.
Second period in books. Leafs, 5-1, despite Bruins 26-21 shot lead. Not much spark from Boston side. Tepid effort. Out of synch. Way out of synch.
17:23 — Leafs, 5-1. The beating is on. Aulie snaps in wrister from left wing circle. Worst the Bruins have played since 6-1 loss to Wings on Feb. 11.
12:58 — Best Boston play of night has Rask using left pad to stifle Lupul doorstep shovel after Kessel tosses pass across on 2-on-1 break-in against Chara. Bruins with 21-16 shot lead, but down three goals on scoreboard.
Bruins need five goals to win; haven’t scored that many since potting a half dozen Feb. 17 vs. Isles.
8:18 — Leafs, 4-1. Brown strikes with wrister from right wing circle, only 36 seconds after Crabb’s goal. Thomas pulled, after giving up four goals on 14 shots. Rask takes over.
7:49 — Leafs, 3-1. Crabb knocks in loose puck following Boyce’s long shot. Both Bruins defensemen, McQuaid and Ference, in crease, hindering Thomas’ chance of making stop.
6:23 — Leafs still witih 2-1 lead.
Bruins again fail to score on power play. Land three shots. No serious threats.
3:19 — Brent, 2m, delay of game.
2:24 — Reimer stones Seguin on breakway from blue line, using right pad to stop Seguin’s backhand lift near left post.
First 20:00 in the books. Leafs, 2-1. Bruins with 11-9 shot edge.
17:30 — Leafs still ahead, 2-1.
12:26 — Leafs, 2-1. Kadri connects for first goal of career, cutting to front and tipping in wrister Crabb sends in from top of left wing circle.
11:46 — Bruins tie, 1-1. McQuaid, after falling down in right wing circle after shot, tosses puck to front and watches it ricochet in off Phaneuf’s left skate. Unassisted.
11:26 — Touching moment during timeout when photo montage of Kaberle’s career plays on video board. Crowd gives ex-Leaf standing ovation, causing him to rise from Boston bench and wave to adoring locals., Pl
9:44 — Leafs, 1-0. Hilight-reel strike by Schenn, carrying from near his own blue line and turning McQuaid around in left wing circle before he pops puck to top right corner.
6:41 — Ryder, 2m, delay of game. Pops puck into stands.
Five minutes in, play tight. Leafs have only shot. No score.
Ex-Leaf Tomas Kaberle took the ceremonial faceoff, opposed by Dion Phaneuf.
Touching pre-game tribute to honor the memory of ex-Leaf Bill Barilko, killed in a 1951 plane crash only weeks after he potted the Cup-clinching goal over the Canadiens. Barilko’s body wasn’t found for 11 years, when the plane’s crash site was finally discovered in the far reaches of northern Ontario.
As expected, Andrew Ference is on the ice for the pre-game warmup. So, too, are fellow bluliners Steven Kampfer and Adam McQuaid. Unless coach Claude Julien really breaks the Hockey 101 boilerplate and dresses seven defensemen, one of the three will get the night off.
Update: Kampfer is scratched. Ference back in lineup.
Based on warmups, it looks as if expected starter Tim Thomas will be back on the job after sitting out the last two games.
Update: Thomas is the starter.