Bruins 6, Maple Leafs 3: B's Cap Impressive November With Big Win Over Toronto

The Bruins couldn't have asked for better results the past two games against the Toronto Maple Leafs, but they have a two-game home-and-home series against the Division leaders, and things are sure to get messy.

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Bruins 6, Maple Leafs 3: B's Blow Leafs Away in 6-3 Win

Like a recurring nightmare, the Maple Leafs had to suffer through another tough loss at the hands of divisional foe Boston Bruins. It would be just their luck that the B's first line of Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Nathan Horton would relieve themselves of their pointless streaks just in time for their game against each other.

Lucic had two goals, Horton had two assists, and Krejci had one goal and two assists totaling a seven point night for the struggling first line. Prior to tonight, Lucic hadn't scored in eight games (last one was on November 12 against the Sabres) and Krejci hadn't netted one since November 7 game against the Islanders.

Not only did the Bruins first line peak at the right time, but the Maple Leafs, who had dominated the last three teams they faced, suddenly looked shaken after the Bruins captain Zdeno Chara scored the third goal of the game.

The Leafs actually started the scoring in this game with the help of Mikhail Grabovski. Rich Peverley was sent to the sin bin early for high sticking and Toronto took full advantage of it. With just under 30 seconds left to go with the man advantage, Grabovski backhanded a shot over Tim Thomas and put the Leafs up 1-0 early on.

The Bruins struck back later in the period, as Lucic netted his first goal of the game, also on the power play. Carl Gunnarsson went for holding, and Joffrey Lupul went for boarding within 45 seconds of each other, which gave the Bruins a 5-on-3. Four seconds after Lupul left the penalty box, Lucic took his shot and put it in the back of the net.

Then the second period came and the Bruins were able to open up the game a bit and score two more goals. Once again, after Krejci slid the puck past the leg pad of Leafs goaltender Jonas Gustavsson to make it 2-1, Toronto came back and scored at the hands of Lupul. Phil Kessel had the primary assist, but that was the only point of the night for him.

Once again, at the fifteen minute mark in the second, Chara wristed a puck to give the Bruins a 3-2 lead going into the second intermission.

The momentum continued into the third when Benoit Pouliot took a shot from one knee in front of the net, and, through traffic beat Gustavsson for his third goal of the year. After that, another goal from Lucic and an empty netter from Brad Marchand resulted in a 6-3 win--the Bruins third win over Toronto this year.

The Bruins were without a single penalty in the second and third periods, and put up 40 shots against Gustavsson. Tim Thomas faced 37 shots and finished his November 9-0-0.

Boston completed it's month 12-0-1, accumulating 25 of 26 possible points. The only point lost was against Detroit when the Bruins ended up losing in the shootout.

The B's will have their second game of the home-and-home series against Toronto on Saturday.

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Bruins Vs. Maple Leafs: B's Take 3-2 Lead As Top Line All Has Points After Two

The second period was just as entertaining as the first, but without as many penalties. The Bruins were the first to score in the second frame, and it was courtesy of David Krejci. His fourth goal of the year came off his snap shot and as he crashed the net, he just slipped it past Jonas Gustavsson's glove side.

Nathan Horton was credited with an assist which means the entire first line has a point this game. After talk of trades have been happening all week, it's the only line that has been very visible all game.

Joffery Lupul scored for the Leafs three-and-a-half minutes later after netting a feed from none other than Phil Kessel. That tied the score at two.

But the Bruins had one more left in them before the end of the period. Captain Zdeno Chara wristed a shot from the high slot past Gustavsson for the third Boston goal, the assists coming from Horton and Krejci.

The goaltenders weren't as busy this period with Thomas only seeing eight shots, and Toronto letting by seven to Gustavsson.

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Bruins Vs. Maple Leafs: Seguin Still Remains Toronto's Bain After One

Though he didn't score the Bruins goal in the first period, Tyler Seguin picked up the primary assist on Milan Lucic's goal that tied the game at one in the first period. Lucic picked up his first goal in eight games. The last one he netted was against the Sabres on November 12.

That power play goal was the equalizer however. The Bruins had to come back from an early deficit after Toronto forward Mikhail Grabovski scored the first goal 7:29 into the first, also on the power play. A penalty called on Rich Peverley gave the Maple Leafs their first power play goal against the Bruins all year. Toronto is now 1-for-9 with the extra man against the B's.

The period was full of penalties for both teams, and both goalies were peppered with shots throughout the first. While the Bruins accumulated 17 shots on net, they also let 16 get to their own goaltender Tim Thomas.

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Bruins Vs. Maple Leafs Preview: TV/Radio Info, Time, Location And More

Event: Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs
Date/Time: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 7 p.m. EDT.
Location: Air Canada Centre (Capacity: 18,819), Toronto, ON.
Broadcast Info: Wednesday's game between the Bruins and Maple Leafs will be broadcast live on NESN, as well as TSN in Canada. The game can also be heard on the 98.5 the Sports Hub Radio Network, with Dave Goucher providing play-by-play, and Bob Beers providing analysis.
Last Time Out: It’s been a couple of days, but the Bruins are back in action after taking a 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday. Chris Kelly had two goals, and Zdeno Chara and Brad Marchand each netted a goal to extend Boston’s point streak to 12.

The Leafs have also been doing a little bit of scoring. In their three-game win streak, they have put up 16 goals, including a 7-1 bombardment over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Their most recent win was against the Anaheim Ducks. A 5-2 victory put them in first place above the Boston Bruins in the division. Tyler Bozak had two goals in that game, and has five goals and two assists in his last five games.

Storyline: The winner of tonight’s game will claim first place in the Northeast Division. Toronto currently has sole ownership at the top, but will be put to the test tonight against the Black and Gold. In both matchups between these teams this year, the Bruins have managed to slap the Leafs around, outscoring them 13-2 and obviously taking two wins. The wins came at crucial points in the first two months of the season too. The Bruins were in a slump back in October (I know, can you remember that?) and the Leafs were on an undefeated run. The B’s came out that game and beat them 6-2.

The second meeting between these two resulted in a 7-0 victory for the Bruins, after the Maple Leafs recovered from their last meeting and put together another little winning streak. Tyler Seguin scored a hat trick as well. Leafs fans (and Phil Kessel) are just lucky it happened in Toronto and not in Boston because there’s no way Bruins fans wouldn’t have engraved that into his psyche forever. Now, 25 days later, the two teams are neck-and-neck in the divisional standings, and tonight’s game will award the winner with top honors.

Players To Watch: Phil Kessel. There, I couldn’t go a game without mentioning his name. But seriously, he claimed the lead in the All-Star Ballot yesterday. Though he has been notoriously quiet when he plays against the Bruins, his talent is bound to break out one game against them and until it happens, I would certainly keep my eyes on him. Also Bozak has been on fire as of late--not streaky, but still has put up some crucial points for the Maple Leafs.

For the Bruins, the first line has to start contributing. There have been David Krejci trade rumors looming across hockey nation, though nothing has even been suggested by the Bruins. That first line has had a couple of assists the past few games, but none of the three have netted a goal since the first period of a 6-0 win over the Islanders on November 19. That would be 287 minutes and 36 seconds without a goal from that top line. They are due, but also keep in your peripheral the second and third lines too. Patrice Bergeron has been contributing, as well as Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley.

Prediction: Toronto is on another three game winning streak and I don’t think the Bruins are going to blow them out of the water like they have done the past two games. Instead, I think this will be a close, tough, hard-fought battle. Final Score: Bruins 4, Maple Leafs 3 (OT).

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Bruins Vs. Maple Leafs: Toronto Hopes Third Time Is A Charm

The Bruins couldn't have asked for better results the past two games against the Toronto Maple Leafs, but they have a two-game home-and-home series against the Division leaders, and things are sure to get messy.

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