So far this season, the Bruins have won all three meetings rather convincingly, outscoring them 19-5 and look to feed on a very successful November, having won 25 of a possible 26 points.
James Reimer, Toronto's starting goalie, was finally back between the pipes after a lengthy recovery from concussion-like symptoms. The Leafs are looking to their young net minder to make the difference...that and their Dad's.
Several Dad's of the Leafs' roster were in attendance, and they looked to cheer on their sons to victory.
Reimer was playing solid as the Bruins sent down a relentless amount of pressure. Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara was matched up with former Bruin Phil Kessel.
Kessel was going into Boston for the 16th time as the league's top scorer and points leader, with only two goals and six assists for eight points.
It took 14 minutes and 20 seconds to beat Reimer in his first game back, as the Leafs turned over the puck and left Nathan Horton all by himself behind the goal line. Horton got the puck and plenty of time to line up David Krejci to tip in the pass and open up the scoring.
The Leafs quickly responded. Just 48 seconds later, Mikhail Grabovski ripped a no-looker and got all of it. Bruins' goalie Tuukka Rask was wondering what the heck happened, but then realized that the lamp was lit and the game was tied.
Later in the period, Rich Peverley made the cross-ice pass after a lot of pressure from the Bruins and it got to Chris Kelly's stick for the tip in past Reimer's right side.
Early in the final frame, Johnny Boychuk ripped a "Johnny Rocket" and beat Reimer to extend the lead with a 89.2 MPH shot.
Midway through the period, the Bruins hemmed the Leafs in their own zone on even strength for about a minute and a half. The Leafs had to ice the puck as the Bruins had several chances to put the game more out of reach.
The Bruins were applying pressure all night and gave little-to-no chance for the Leafs to generate many chances.
What chances they can generate, the Bruins covered the lanes and made sure that Rask could see the shots.
Nathan Horton snapped a wrister from Krejci's pass to the point. Leafs' Cody Franson lost his stick and tried to get Milan Lucic and Krejci off the puck but ended up shielding Reimer.
4-1, Bruins and that turned out to be the final score.
The Bruins took their first game of December, and they win the season series against the Leafs with two games left to play in March.
Next up, it's the Pittsburgh Penguins, as they are the top two teams in the Eastern Conference.
The Bruins will look to extend their lead, but I think this will be a much tougher challenge against Sid the Kid and Co.
This is Cory Ducey saying "Hit Hard, But Keep It Clean."
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