Monday, March 19, 2012
Bruins Send Maple Leafs Down To AHL Or At Least They Should Have
6-0. 36-10. That's the season series and cumulative score respectively between the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs.
The B's (42-27-3) saved one final beating for the pitiful Maple Leafs (32-33-8) and they handed it out tonight at TD Garden, 8-0.
This is exactly the type of game Boston needed as they head out on a three-game road trip in California. After beating the Flyers in a shootout on Saturday, this last ass-whooping of the Leafs should do wonders for the Bruins' confidence.
It was all about Boston's third line as Brian Rolston (1 goal, 3 assists), Benoit Pouliot (2 goals, 1 assist) and Chris Kelly (1 goal, 1 assist) all had monster games-for them.
Before you could say Curtis Joseph, the Black and Gold were up 4-0 just 12:42 into the first period. Kelly started it off with his career-high 18th of the season. After a pass from Pouliot, he walked in on James Reimer and worked a backhander around him at 2:25.
Even more embarrassing for Reimer was Gregory Campbell's goal (his 8th of the season) at 5:40. It was something out of Pee Wee hockey as Campbell took the puck from behind the net and beat Reimer to the post to stuff it in.
Pouliot (11th of the season) added a tip-in from Johnny Boychuk and Rolston at 10:58 then Brad Marchand (24th of the season) capped it off with a power-play roof job at 12:42. Tyler Seguin found Marchand with a fastball of a cross-ice feed.
Campbell had fought Jay Rosehill before Marchand's goal and then Shawn Thornton absolutely crushed former Canadien Mike Komisarek shortly after Marchand's goal. Ironically, Komisarek was the one that got it started. Haha good idea.
Boston poured in three more goals in the second on backup goaltender Jonas Gustavsson: Pouliot got a one-timer from Rolston, Zdeno Chara (10th of the season) scored with a blast on the power-play and Rolston (6th of the season) finished it off with a snipe.
Seguin (26th of the season) added one more goal late in the third. I didn't mention Tim Thomas (31-18-0; 5th shutout of the season) until now since he only had to make 13 saves. Really. Toronto had two shots in the first period.
The Bruins begin their California trip in San Jose on Thursday night. In their only other meeting, the Sharks won 4-2 in Boston on October 22 which was a lifetime ago. San Jose is right on the cusp of the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference so they have plenty to play for.
UPDATE 3/21: Rich Peverley will make the trip to California with the Bruins, meaning he could possibly play on Saturday or Sunday. Also, they recalled Trent Whitfield and sent Max Sauve down to Providence.