The Maple Leafs had a tough night on Thursday as they were shut out by Tim Thomas, but nobody got it anywhere near as badly as Phil Kessel. The former Bruins’ fifth overall pick left town after the B’s, unable to strike an extension with him prior to last season, sent him to the Leafs for a package of draft picks. Since the trade, Kessel has been unable to muster a single goal against his former club, much to the delight of Bruins fans. Tyler Seguin, chosen second overall with Leafs’ first-round pick acquired in the deal, put the cherry on top by scoring against his hometown Leafs in the second period.
The reaction to that? The loudest “Thank you, Kessel” chant that one could imagine.
“I was on the bench and I was trying not to laugh,” Seguin admitted. “All the guys were kind of cracking up because it just stayed together so well. It was surprising.”
Edgar Renteria had a homer and three RBIs, the Giants broke open a close game with seven runs in the eighth and Matt Cain tossed 7.2 innings of four-hit baseball to lift San Francisco to a 9-0 win over visiting Texas Thursday night and take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven World Series.
One night after a much-anticipated pitchers' duel between aces Cliff Lee and Tim Lincecum failed to materialize, Cain and Texas starter C.J. Wilson matched zeroes through the first four innings before Renteria delivered a solo homer in the fifth to break the scoreless tie, and Juan Uribe added a run-scoring single in the seventh to make it a 2-0 game.
That was more than enough for Cain, who cruised, making quick work of Texas hitters — just one Rangers' hitter got as far as third on the evening. Relievers Javier Lopez and Guillermo Mota finished up for San Francisco, which posted its first postseason shutout since 1952.
Bruins head coach Claude Julien finished his post-game press conference Thursday by announcing that general manager Peter Chiarelli has decided that rookie phenom Tyler Seguin will be staying with the NHL team and not be heading back to juniors.
"He's here to stay," Julien announced. As a result, Seguin cannot be sent to Providence of the AHL and will remain part of the Bruins roster for his entire rookie season. Seguin scored his second NHL goal in Thursday's 2-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
NHL teams have nine games to decide whether to send a rookie back to juniors while still holding his rights. The Bruins have liked what they've seen from Seguin so far, as the No. 2 overall pick in last June's draft has two goals and two assists in seven games.
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On a night the Bruins honored hall of famer Milt Schmidt, the team looked like the "Big Bad Bruins" that Schmidt put together in the 1970s and came away with a hard-fought 2-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden.
Patrice Bergeron scored his first of the season on a slap shot from the top of the left circle on the power play with just 41 seconds left in the first period. Tyler Seguin collected his second career goal and first on home ice when he beat Toronto's Jonas Gustavsson at 12:26 of the second period.
Following the goal, the crowd - which booed each time former Bruin right wing Phil Kessel touched the puck - chanted "Thank you, Kessel." It was with the second pick acquired from Toronto in the Sept. 2009 trade the Bruins received the 2nd overall pick and selected Seguin in June's NHL Draft.
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