Though they should have put the game away much earlier, the Bruins managed to secure two points in a 4-3 shootout win over the Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre on Monday.

Though they should have put the game away much earlier, the Bruins managed to secure two points in a 4-3 shootout win over the Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre on Monday.

The B’€™s never trailed in the game, but they blew a pair of leads and failed on multiple occasions to put the game out of reach. David Krejci came through in the end, beating James Reimer for the shootout’€™s only goal. That came after Tuukka Rask robbed James van Riemsdyk in the final seconds of overtime during a Toronto power play.

The Bruins were let down tremendously by their NHL-best power play, first registering just one shot while Toronto took two minor penalties in less than three minutes in the second period. Then, with the game tied at three late in the third period, the Bruins went on the man advantage with 2:01 remaining in regulation thanks to a Matt Hunwick hook on Matt Beleskey. The B’€™s failed to get anything past James Reimer on the man advantage and finished the night 0-for-3 on the power play.

With the win, the B’€™s have now won three straight games and stand at 11-8-1 on the season.


The second period could have been when Bruins pulled away from the Leafs, but it proved to be a nightmarish 20 minutes in which they blew a two-goal lead and, later, a one-goal lead.

After picking up the only two goals of the first period, the Bruins had the chance to put the game out of reach in the second period thanks to a pair of Maple Leafs penalties. When those power plays yielded no scoring, Toronto scored two goals in 1:02 to tie the game.

Shortly after the B’€™s regained the lead on Marchand’€™s second goal of the game, Tuukka Rask failed to glove a Shawn Matthias shot and was beaten by Tyler Bozak on the rebound. Then came the penalties for the Bruins, with McQuaid taking a pair of minor penalties and Marchand going the box on a holding penalty that was matched by a P.A. Pareneau. The Bruins managed to kill off McQuaid’€™s four minutes late in the second and into the third.


Not only did the Bruins all of their penalties for a third straight game — including a 4-on-3 in overtime on a Patrice Bergeron penalty — they picked up a shorthanded goal during their first kill.

With Brett Connolly in the box for tripping, Brad Marchand stole a puck from James Reimer and fed Patrice Bergeron, whose shot yielded a popup of a rebound. Marchand displayed great hand-eye coordination by batting the puck into the net for his second shorthanded goal of the season. The goal was reviewed to see if Marchand’€™s stick was above the crossbar, a question that needed no answer for the “5-foot-9″ forward.

The goal brought about this interesting nugget from NHL Public Relations. Since the 2009-10 season (the first in which Marchand played) Marchand leads the NHL with 17 shorthanded goals.

Most key for the Bruins was their ability to kill off a third-period Zdeno Chara cross-checking penalty that came as Zach Trotman and Nazem Kadri were sent off for roughing. That meant the B’€™s had to kill a penalty without two of their penalty killers, a feat they managed to keep the game tied.


When the Bruins traded a third-round pick for Zac Rinaldo this summer, it was tough to miss the fact that Rinaldo had more career games suspended (14) than goals (eight). For now, that won’€™t apply to this season.

Rinaldo, who has stayed out of trouble this season, picked up his first goal (and point) as a Bruin Monday night. The fourth-liner he caught up to a puck that Dennis Seidenberg had thrown off the glass in the neutral zone and fired a shot from the right circle that beat James Reimer short side.


Speaking of fourth-liners, Landon Ferraro did well in his Bruins debut, picking up an important point in the process.

The former Red Wings first-round pick skated on Boston’€™s energy line with Rinaldo and Max Talbot a day after getting picked up on waivers. The trio kept the puck in the offensive zone, something with which the Bruins’€™ various fourth lines have struggled over the past couple seasons.

At the end of a shift of sustained pressure, Marchand got on the ice and took a feed from Ferraro, which he fired on Reimer. It appeared that Ferraro jammed the puck in, though the goal was credited to Marchand.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

The Bruins have claimed forward Landon Ferraro off waivers from the Red Wings.

The Bruins have claimed forward Landon Ferraro off waivers from the Red Wings.

Ferraro, who is the son of longtime NHL forward and current TSN analyst Ray Ferraro, was the 32nd pick of the 2009 draft. He scored 27 goals in 70 games for Grand Rapids of the AHL last season while dressing in three NHL games. He played in 10 games for the Red Wings this season, registering zero points, before being put on waivers.

With the claim of Ferraro, the Bruins’€™ roster is now at the maximum of 23 players, including Max Talbot, who was recalled on an emergency basis Saturday. Kevan Miller has been moved to injured reserve, meaning he will definitely miss Monday’€™s game (he last played on Tuesday and players must be on IR for at least seven days). David Pastrnak, who is still on crutches, remains on IR, as does Chris Kelly, who is out for at least the regular season.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean
Ryan Spooner

Ryan Spooner

A quick look at Saturday night’€™s box score wouldn’€™t reveal anything notable about the Bruins’€™ third line. Ryan Spooner, Joonas Kemppainen and Brett Connolly didn’€™t score. None of them played more than Spooner’€™s 14:40. They combined for four shots on goal, which is fine but certainly not something that jumps out at you.

But Saturday night was a notable game for that trio. They played really well together, even if it didn’€™t show up in the box score. They had a lot of puck possession and created some of the Bruins’€™ best scoring chances in a game that didn’€™t have many of them.

And to be honest, that was a little surprising. Spooner, Kemppainen and Connolly had spent hardly any time together before Saturday, yet they appeared to have pretty good chemistry. Spooner had played the wing only in spurts before Saturday, yet he looked comfortable there and made things happen from the left side. Kemppainen hadn’€™t exactly been lighting the world on fire on the fourth line, yet he didn’€™t look out of place at all in a top-nine role.

“I think most of the game we played pretty well together,” Spooner said. “We talked a lot before the game and just said, ‘€˜If we don’€™t have much, just try to get the puck in deep.’€™ We did that. And I think off the rush, we had a couple chances too. I thought it went well for sure.”

Spooner, Kemppainen and Connolly all entered Saturday as negative possession players in terms of both regular Corsi and relative Corsi. You wouldn’€™t have been able to guess that watching Saturday night’€™s game against Toronto, though. They were the Bruins’€™ top three players in terms of Corsi-for percentage, with all three finishing the night at 69 percent or better.

They combined for one fewer shot attempt than Patrice Bergeron‘€™s line and three more than David Krejci‘€™s line, despite getting significantly less ice time. They also created a couple good chances that didn’€™t even count as shot attempts — a Kemppainen centering pass just missed a charging Spooner early in the first period, and a Spooner feed for a charging Connolly did the same midway through the third.

On the latter chance, Spooner’€™s speed down the wing was clearly a factor, something Claude Julien was happy to point out after the game.

“I think Spoons has really done a good job on the left wing there, adapting to it and using his speed,” Julien said. “A lot more involved in the last two games, and that’€™s what we need out of Ryan. And that’€™s a sign of a young player really who’€™s getting it. He wants to be better, so kudos to him.”

Spooner said after the game that he’€™s still not completely comfortable on the wing — he said he’€™s probably played wing fewer than 20 times in his life — but he also noted that having fewer defensive responsibilities helped, as he admitted that his defense as a center hasn’€™t always been great. Kemppainen helps in that respect, as he is pretty responsible defensively. And Kemppainen clearly benefited from playing with faster, more skilled players.

Whether Spooner, Kemppainen and Connolly stay together remains to be seen. Frank Vatrano is expected back soon, perhaps as early as Monday, so expect more line-juggling to make room for him. But even if they don’€™t stay together for now, it’€™s nice for Julien to know that he has this as a bottom-six option that can be effective in the future.

Blog Author: 
Scott McLaughlin

While a blowout win is ideal, there might not have been a better way for the Bruins to end their five-game home stand than with a grind-it-out, outlast-the-opponent-through-a-scoreless-night kind of victory. 

DJ Bean and Ken Laird are live at TD Garden after the Bruins 2-0 win over Toronto on Saturday night. The guys discuss the first two-game home winning streak of the season and what it means.

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Though the stakes weren’€™t quite as high as when they most notably did it, the Bruins scored late to defeat the Maple Leafs at TD Garden.

Though the stakes weren’€™t quite as high as when they most notably did it, the Bruins scored late to defeat the Maple Leafs at TD Garden.

With the game scoreless with under four minutes to play, Zdeno Chara took a pass from Zach Trotman, glided up to the left circle, and fired a slap shot past a screening David Krejci and Leafs goaltender James Reimer. Brad Marchand then added an empty-netter with 6.5 seconds remaining to give the B’€™s a 2-0 victory.

With the win and Thursday’€™s victory over the Wild, the Bruins now have back-to-back home wins for the first time this season. They’€™ll next head out on a two-game road trip that will begin with a contest against the very Leafs team they defeated Saturday.

Here are four more things we learned Saturday:


Tuukka Rask hasn’€™t stolen many games this season, but he made enough key saves to do it Saturday night in what proved to be a goaltending duel with James Reimer.

Most notable Rask, stopped Shawn Matthias on three of breakaways, first stoning the former Canucks forward on a break that came when Colin Miller fell down at the blue line in the first period. Matthias had another breakaway in the second against the Krug-McQuaid pairing but was again stopped by the Boston goaltender. Rask made it 3-for-3 by stopping Matthias on a partial break during a Bruins power play in the third.

The shutout was Rask’s second of the season.


The Bruins had only one penalty and one power play Saturday. Brad Marchand figured into both.

Marchand put the Leafs on the power play in the first period with a roughing penalty that came with a takedown of James van Riemsdyk. The UNH product went after Marchand due to a leg check that the B’€™s winger put on Leo Komarov, with Marchand then throwing the 6-foot-3 van Riemsdyk to the ice.

Marchand end up making up for it, as he was the victim of a Nazim Kadri high stick that put the B’€™s on the power play early in the third. Given how bad the B’€™s fared on that power play (the Leafs’€™ penalty kill had better scoring chances), it probably wasn’€™t worth it.

Speaking of Marchand…


That we can safely say the Garden crowd was the most impressed it’€™s been in a home game this season on a play in which the Bruins didn’€™t score says a lot about how the Bruins have played at home. That sentence was wordy, but the long and short of it is that Marchand nearly scored the goal of his life on a first-period rush in which absolutely embarrassed Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly.

After winning the puck along the boards in the neutral zone, Marchand first cut in and then back out, fooling Rielly with each move. His attempt to finish on the play was stopped by Riemer.

And speaking of close calls with goals…


With the game still scoreless with under eight minutes remaining, Matt Hunwick appeared to lay out in a successful attempt to stop Jimmy Hayes from jamming the puck past Reimer. The play was reviewed, and though replays showed the play to be much closer than it seemed live, there were likely too many bodies there to actually see the puck and whether it crossed the line.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean
Max Talbot

Max Talbot

Max Talbot has found the AHL different this season from when he’d last seen it.

Ten years after being promoted to the NHL, Talbot is back to minor-league life as he goes up and down between Boston in Providence. Currently with the NHL club, Talbot said Saturday that his experience with Providence has opened his eyes to what players are in these days.

“Not only the league changed, but hockey in general changed from 10 years ago,” he said. “Guys are a little bit more professional. They come more mature when they’€™re younger. They come prepared, they’€™ve been working out for a certain number of years.

“The game is faster, the game is bigger. The younger guys, they have their legs and they forecheck. The game is similar in a way, but super different. I think it’€™s a better game than 10 years ago, like the NHL‘€™s better now than it was before.”

Talbot was 21 when he went from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to the Pittsburgh Penguins. He recalls there being more of a split between prospects and veteran players back then than there is now, where teams might be more inclined to carry as many prospects as they can get.

“It was more of a veteran type of game,” he said. “Now it’€™s a little more younger and a development-type atmosphere.”

Talbot can only hope that his AHL days are over (again), but that’€™s not likely. Frank Vatrano is expected to begin practicing on Sunday, meaning the Bruins will again have 12 healthy forwards. The B’€™s could opt to bring Talbot on their upcoming road trip, but if Vatrano’€™s health doesn’€™t signal his return to Providence, David Pastrnak’€™s eventual health figures to.

That said, Talbot said he is not resigned to having to go up and down this season. His goal is to force his way back into the lineup for good.

“There’€™s always things you can do,” he said. “If I play the best hockey I can play and show them that they can’€™t take me out of the lineup, that’€™s what I’€™m hoping I can do. If I play like I can play, the top of my [game], you can force some hands and stay here. That’€™s the goal of any pro athlete, to give the best you can give and hope for the best.”

Talbot may not be up for long, but Claude Julien feels fortunate to still have the 31-year-old forward as an option. The fact that he’€™s both a veteran and someone with whom the team is familiar means that the team generally knows what they’€™ll get from him.

“He’€™s an experienced guy,” Julien said. “‘€¦ He comes, he competes hard. He understands what we’€™re trying to do here so it’€™s not like we’€™re trying to teach somebody. That’€™s the luxury that we have with Max being in Providence. When you bring him up you’€™re bringing a veteran player that’€™s played the game. But he’€™s not nervous about playing in this league and understands. He’€™s been with us since last year, so he understands exactly what we’€™re all about here.”

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean