Last night was a laugher in the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, as it was the season's Round 2 for the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins going up against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Toronto is currently on top of the Eastern Conference with their strong start, and they hope to continue their winning ways.
Boston is on the opposite end of the spectrum with a very poor start of 4-7-0. Going into Toronto, they were hoping to string together a win streak for the first time this season.
For the opening ceremonies, Man in Motion Rick Hansen was on the ice to drop the puck at center ice. This was the 25th anniversary for the wheelchair bound hero who traveled across the country and ended up going across 34 countries to raise funds for spinal cord research.
Sophomore Tyler Seguin opened up the scoring on the power play. Rich Peverley made a long pass from board to board. Seguin was left untouched with the stick all cocked and ready to fire the pass, and it beat rookie netminder Ben Scrivens.
Seguin was at it again. He broke up a rush on Clark MacArthur and gained the zone. He got the puck to Patrice Bergeron, who tried to make a short pass to Seguin who was charging the net. The puck took a bounce off John-Michael Liles and right to Seguin, who popped it over Scrivens mid-air to make it 2-0 Bruins.
Just eight seconds later, Milan Lucic added to the Bruins' lead. Bruins captain Zdeno Chara made a stretch pass to Lucic, who skated in untouched to beat Scrivens 5-hole to put the Bruins up 3-0.
Later in the middle frame, Boston continued the onslaught. Seguin completed the hat trick for the night with another play broken up in the Bruins' zone by Bergeron. He then passed it to Marchand. Marchand skated along the boards and passed it back to Bergeron, who gained the Toronto zone. Seguin was to Bergeron's right side and charging the net. Bergeron passed the puck to Seguin to beat Scrivens short side. 4-0 Bruins.
That was Seguin's first career hat trick. He scored three goals on three shots for the night, and it was on the team that he grew up being a fan of, having grown up in nearby Brampton, Ontario.
"I was a Leaf fan growing up all my life…I can't lie about that," Seguin said to NHL.com. "To get a hat trick against them is something pretty cool."
The Bruins continued the push. Just 14 seconds later, Lucic gathered the puck on a rebound from Andrew Ference's shot on net that was stopped by Scrivens. Scrivens blocked Lucic's shot and it went past a Leaf defender right to David Krejci, who buried it on the wide open glove side to make it 5-0 Bruins.
Wilson finally pulled Scrivens and placed Jonas Gustavsson between the pipes.
In the final frame, it didn't fair any better for the Leafs.
Lucic added his second tally of the night by way of a two-on-one breakaway. Lucic passed to Krejci, who slipped the puck back to Lucic to have it beat Gustavsson on the short stick side. 6-0 Bruins.
The B's completed the rout on a shot at the net by Shawn Thornton that careened off a few players, last touching Colin Campbell and going off Gustavsson just 28 seconds from the previous Bruins goal.
Final Tally of the game was 7-0 Bruins in a very lop-sided affair.
Boston goalie Tim Thomas had a fairly easy night, stopping all 25 shots to earn the shutout. Adversely, Scrivens allowed five goals on 14 shots for a save percentage of .643 and Gustavsson allowed two goals on just six shots for a save percentage of .667. The two combined for an ugly .655 save percentage.
Former Bruin Phil Kessel was kept off the score sheet for both of their meetings thus far and was spared the "Thnak you, Kessel" chant due to the game not being played in the Garden. Kessel gave credit where credit was due to the Bruins.
"They played a good game and it showed," Kessel said. "They beat us pretty good."
Boston earned a win streak for the first time this season and will now look to build on it.
The B's played a fairly disciplined game, and the penalties did not cost them
Puck support was there, lanes were closed and Thomas had mostly great looks.
Leafs were asleep at the wheel.
No puck support.
Time and Space was given to the Bruins.
Sophomore player got three goals on three shots.
Kessel kept off the score sheet. Again.
While the Maple Leafs were without their starting goalie, James Reimer, it just goes to show how important it is to not depend so much on your goalie. While a large reason for the success of the Bruins is due to Tim Thomas, he will be the first to say that if he feels comfortable with the guys in front of him to reduce the second chances, he can play his game.
The Bruins have shown just how different a team they can be when they keep their head in the game.
This is Cory Ducey saying, "Hit hard, but keep it clean."
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