Event: Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
Date/Time: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 7 p.m. EST.
Location: Air Canada Centre (Capacity: 18,819), Toronto, Ontario.
Broadcast Info: Tuesday’s game between the Bruins and the Maple Leafs will be broadcast live on NESN. The game can also be heard on 98.5 The Sports Hub, with Dave Goucher providing play-by-play, and Bob Beers providing analysis.
Last Time Out: David Krejci scored a goal midway through the third period to tie up the game at three a piece, after trailing the New York Rangers the entire game.
However, the celebration was short lived and the Rags came back just a minute later and put a soft goal past Tim Thomas to earn the two points in the 4-3 Rangers victory.
While the first line continued to get opportunities and look impressive, the most reassuring part for the Bruins was in their third line. Both Benoit Pouliot and Jordan Caron scored goals in the first and second periods to keep the B’s in it, after falling behind 2-0 in the first.
Thomas stopped just 13 of the 17 shots he faced.
The Maple Leafs have also been facing a little trouble of their own. In their last game on Saturday, they came out and beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1, but it was their first win in their last seven games and just their second win in their last 12.
Mikhail Grabovski was the hero on Saturday, netting two goals--both in the third period to give the Leafs some life to start the month of March.
Storyline: This is the fifth meeting between these two teams this season, and the first under new head coach Randy Carlyle, who replaced Ron Wilson on Friday.
The Bruins have outscored the Leafs 23-6 in the last four games, and have won every time. Milan Lucic, Tyler Seguin and David Krejci all have impressive numbers against this team, and now that they are all playing on the same line, it will be interesting to see how they capitalize.
Meanwhile, Leafs forward Phil Kessel still just has one assist against his former team, though he has 32 goals and 68 points this season.
The Bruins and the Leafs haven’t met since the beginning of December--almost three months ago--and Toronto could be pleasantly surprised when they play them tonight. They are without a number of players the Leafs are used to seeing, and other teams have found ways through the holes in their lineup.
Players To Watch: While the first line has been heating up after the switch up from Claude Julien, the second line with Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and newly acquired Brian Rolston has been a little shaky. However, after the first couple of games, the line has started to develop some chemistry, so keep your eyes on them tonight.
Prediction: This is going to be a tough battle, and who would have thought that three months ago? The Leafs have a renewed sense of team with their new coach and a win under their belt, and the Bruins have to find a way to match that. Final Score: Bruins 3, Maple Leafs 2 (OT).