Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas needed just 13 saves in an easy 8-0 win over the Maple Leafs. Bruins’ players discuss the win, and the Boston Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa reports from TD Garden.
Final: Boston Bruins 7, Toronto Maple Leafs 0
The Bruins closed out the season series against the Maple Leafs in rousing fashion with a dominant 7-0 thumping Monday night before a TD Garden crowd of 17,565. It was Boston’s sixth win of the season vs. Toronto, by a combined margin of 36-10.
Boston erupted for four goals in the first to chase TorontoÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â’s starting goaltender James Reimer from the game as Benoit Pouliot recorded his third multiple-point game of the season with an assist on Chris KellyÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â’s game-opening goal at 2:25 of the first and a pair of goals at 10:58 of the first to make it 3-0 and at 2:31 of the second to make it 5-0.
Brian Rolston tied a career high with 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists). It was the fourth time he had done so in his career, including his first stint with the Bruins when he had 1 goal and three assists Feb. 23, 2003, at the New York Islanders.
Boston 8, Toronto 0, 18:29. Tyler Seguin tallied his 26th goal of the season from David Krejci and Milan Lucic to put an exclamation point on this rout.
End of second period: Boston 7, Toronto 0 After erupting for four goals in the first, the Bruins continued to pour it on against the hapless Leafs, scoring three more goals in the third on tallies by Benoit Pouliot at 2:31, a power-play goal by Zdeno Chara at 5:45, and by Brian Rolston at 19:25. Through two periods, the Bruins have outshot Toronto, 17-7.
Boston 7, Toronto 0, 19:25 Brian Rolston, already with three assists to his name, added a goal — his sixth of the season — when he took a cross-ice pass from David Krejci and let rip of a hard slap shot from the right circle that beat Gustavsson top shelf on the near side.
Boston 6, Toronto 0, PPG, 5:45: The beat went on for the Bruins as Zdeno Chara scored on a power-play tally just 44 seconds after Clarke MacArthur was sent off for holding. Chara scored his 10th goal of the season on a primary assist from Brian Rolston, who picked up his third helper of the game giving him 11 on the season.
Boston 5, Toronto 0, 2:31: Pouliot, who recorded his third multiple-point night of the season in the first period, tallied his second goal of the night and 12th of the season when he caught Gustavsson out of position and deposited Brian Rolston’s pass for an even-handed tally. Pouliout’s three-point night (2 goals, 1 assist) tied a career high.
End of first period: Boston 4, Toronto 0 What … a … beating. The Leafs ran into a Bruins buzz saw in the first period, as their goaltender, James Reimer, gave up four goals, including a power-play tally by Brad Marchand at 12:42 that got Reimer pulled from the game. To add insult to injury the Bruins won a pair of fistic standoffs between Gregory Campbell and Luke Schenn and Milan Lucic and Mike Komisarek, who picked a fine time to go for the first time this season and absorbed several savage uppercuts from Lucic.
Boston 4, Toronto 0, PPG, 12:42: Twenty-three seconds after Jay Rosehill was sent off for roughing, Brad Marchand (24) made the Leafs pay for running Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas, by chasing Leafs goaltender James Reimer from the game with his harsh-angle roof job from the right side of the net. Marchand, who was posted on the right side of the net along the goal line, took a pretting cross-ice pass from Tyler Seguin and deposited it for the power-play tally. Toronto coach Randy Carlyle saw enough of Reimer to know he wasn’t going to do the job and sent in Jonas Gustavsson to mop up the mess.
Boston 3, Toronto 0, 10:58: Benoit Pouliot tallied his 11th goal of the season on a redirect of a Johnny Boychuk blue-line blast from the right half wall. Brian Rolston was also credited with a helper.
Boston 2, Toronto 0, 5:40: After signing Shawn Thornton to a two-year contract extension, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli may want to lock up Gregory Campbell, as well, especially after he gave the Bruins a two-goal lead on a pretty wraparound score. Campbell alertly fished an Andrew Ference shot on goal from the back of the net, the swept around the front of the net and deposited it just inside the right post past a late-arriving Reimer, who, along with defenseman John-Michael Liles, lost sight of the puck.
Boston 1, Toronto 0, 2:25: The price tag for unsigned free agent Chris Kelly just got a little steeper after he tallied his 18th goal of the season to give the Bruins an early lead. Kelly helped keep the puck in the zone when he poked it away from the stick of Luke Schenn, then went to the net to receive a pass from Benoit Pouliot and tucked it past Leafs goaltender James Reimer.
Welcome to TD Garden where the Bruins (41-27-3) will host the Maple Leafs (32-32-8) in the sixth and final game between these teams this season. The Bruins, who are 21-13-2 on home ice this season, enter the game on the heels of a stirring 3-2 shootout win over the Philadelphia Flyers last Saturday. It snapped a four-game losing streak for the Bruins. Two big news items before the game: Rich Peverley participated in Monday morning’s pregame skate, but his return from a knee injury remained uncertain; and Shawn Thornton was a signed a two-year, $2.2 million dollar extension. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said there was not likely to be any more signings before the end of the season, leaving unsigned free agents Chris Kelly, Daniel Paille and Gregory Campbell still to be dealt with after the season. Rene Rancourt just gave the Garden crowd two fist-pumps after the national anthem. Game on!