It was the game of the season and Bruins fans had marked their calendars for the return of former Bruin Phil Kessel. It seemed that with the way that the Black and Gold played the night before in Montreal that the team may need some adjustments. The only thing changed for this one was Johnny Boychuck was back in the lineup and Tuukka Rask was between the pipes.
Into the first we go bruins would strike first as Zedano Chara would let a quick shot go from the blue line Marco Sturm would then deflect the puck past Joey McDonald for the lead in the first. then after a puck drop just outside the Toronto zone Shawn Thornton and Colton Orr would drop the gloves as Thornton would get his 9th Fighting major this season. after the fisticuffs Boston would continue to get the job done as Marc Savard would chip a rebound past McDonald for his first of the game giving Boston a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.
Into the second period of this one and it was big Zedano Chara who would let a bullet go that would get behind McDonald for a huge 3-0 lead for the Bruins. The scoring would not stop there as Marc Savard figured he would give the puck another shot and he would beat McDonald for his second goal of the game giving Boston a commanding 4-0 lead into the end of the second.
Into the third we go as the Bruins looked to do more damage to the struggling Leafs. Vesa Tosskela would replace McDonald between the pipes but that wouldn’t help Toronto come back in this one. Boston would continue to put the puck in the net as rookie defenseman Johnny Boychuck gets his first NHL goal. Mark Recchi would also score that would put Boston further in the lead 6-0. Then Marc Savard would get his third goal of the game putting the final bow on this one as Toronto would get 2 goals past Rask the final would be 7-2. Savard gave Boston an early Christmas gift a huge win vs. Phil Kessel and the Toronto Maple Leafs and all Toronto would get is another loss and maybe a free hat courteous of Marc Savard. The Bruins are back next Thursday night at home for a rematch against the Leafs.
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