The Boston Bruins traveled to Toronto to takes on the Toronto Maple Leafs Monday night. The two teams have to fight for a playoff spot going into the last stretch of the season. A great showing by both teams early but a late explosion of goals in the third by the Leafs gave them the 4-2 win. This put them one point behind the Bruins for the third spot in the Atlantic with a game in hand.

FIRST PERIOD

A slow start for each team in the first. Tuukka Rask and Frederik Andersen had to make just a few stops early. 7:25 into the period Brad Marchand displayed some incredible puck handling as he found David Backes in the slo,t who wristed the puck past Andersen’s glove side. 1-0 Bruins. It was Marchand’s 80th point of the season and Backes’ 16th goal of the year.

Later in the period Nikita Soshnikov buried Patrice Bergeron into the boards. Bergeron went after Soshnikov after the brutal hit. Both then headed to the box, Bergeron for roughing and Soshnikov for boarding. Four-on-four hockey for two minutes, 12:44 into the period.

Toronto had multiple scoring chances on the 4 on 4. 14:07 into the period, Morgan Rielly got to the puck and beat Rask in front of the goal to tie the game 1-1.

Boston made a few attempts on goal, but Andersen made the saves. Toronto then headed to the power play 15:47 intothe  period. Kevan Miller went to the box for high-sticking. Quickly on the power play at the 16:41 mark, Bergeron received a delay of game penalty when he threw the puck out of play. Five-on- three for Toronto for a little under a minute. Rask stood tall throughout the penalties as Boston killed them off. Back to full strength for the Bruins with a little more than a minute left.

A chippy first period by both teams.

End of 1, tie game 1-1. SOG 11-8 Maple Leafs.

SECOND PERIOD

More of the same to start the second. Players were chirping at each other as well as taking shots at each other when they could.

4:22 into the second, Nikita Zaitsev cross checked Marchand into the boards after the play. Boston headed to the power play early in the second. Besides an early chance for Ryan Spooner, Boston couldn’t produce on the power play. Toronto killed it off as Zaitsev stepped back onto the ice.

An extremely open game in the last 15 minutes. Each team had many chances on the doorstep. Toronto created more chances than Boston, but Rask made some incredible saves. One had Rask sprawled out across the cage. Andersen made some great stops in the period as well.

After 2, tie game 1-1. SOG in the second 12-10 Boston

THIRD PERIOD

For the third time, a slow start. No team could get anything past the goalies, both goalies making some incredible saves early in the third.

12:23 into the period, Zdeno Chara and Matt Martin exchanged cross-checking penalties. Four-on-four hockey for two minutes. Both teams had a great opportunity, Mitch Marner for the Leafs with one on Rask followed right away by Riley Nash. Both goalies made the saves to keep the game tied.

A questionable call 17:06 into the period as Dominic Moore was called for interference on Nikita Soshnikov, sending Toronto on the power play. After an incredible save by Rask, 18:03 in the period Tyler Bozak was able to receive the puck and put it past Rask glove side. 2-1 Toronto.

Boston pulled Rask with less than two minutes after the Bozak goal, William Nylander was able to send one into the empty net. 3-1 Toronto. Twenty-two seconds after that Nazem Kadri sent one into the empty net as well. 4-1 Toronto.

With less than 20 seconds left Dominic Moore got the puck on a rebound and scored.

A great game by both teams until late in the third period. Four goals scored in the last two minutes of the third and a gift of a penalty late in the period gives Toronto the win.

End of game, 4-2 Leafs win. SOG in the 3rd 14-8 Boston, SOG in the game 34-29 Boston.

SCORING PLAYS

First Period

  • Goal: Backes (16); Assists: Marchand (43)
  • Goal: Rielly (6); Assists: Marner (39), Van Riemsdyk (31)

Second Period

None

Third Period

  • Goal: Bozak (17); Assists: Van Riemsdyk 2 (32), Zaitsev (27)
  • Goal: Nylander (19); Assists: Matthews (25)
  • Goal: Kadri (29); Assists: Brown (14), Polak (4)
  • Goal: Moore (11); Assists: Accari (3)

Three Stars

  1. Frederik Andersen
  2. Tyler Bozak
  3. Tuukka Rask

A tough loss for the Bruins. Boston remains in 3rd place in the Atlantic with 10 games left in the season. Boston now heads home after the 4 game road trip.

Boston looks to get back on track against the Ottawa Senators Tuesday night at the TD Garden at 7PM EST