Toronto, ONT - The Toronto Maple Leafs scored a power play goal mid-way through the third period to beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 on Friday night at the Air Canada Centre. After going 0-for-9 in their 4-1 loss to the Bruins Thursday night, Toronto netted both of their goals on the power play.
Hannu Toivonen took the loss in net for Boston, but gave the Bruins a chance to win and finished with 26 saves. Sergei Samsonov scored his team-leading 14th goal in the loss.
"They have one of the best power play's in the league and when you take that many penalties, you really put yourself at a disadvantage," said Head Coach Mike Sullivan. "I thought 5-on-5 our guys battled hard. We did a lot of good things, but when you give them two 5-on-3 advantages, the puck ends up in the net and that's the difference."
The first period saw both teams have equal scoring chances, and both Hannu Toivonen and Ed Belfour turned aside all seven shots they faced. The B's were able to kill off both of Toronto's power play opportunities, and the two teams skated into the locker room scoreless after one.
The Bruins got on the board first with a power play goal by Sergei Samsonov at 4:21 of the second period. While Toronto's Alexander Khavanov and Carlo Colaiacovo were both whistled off for penalties, Boston capitalized on the ensuing 5-on-3 man advantage. Samsonov wristed a shot past Belfour from the left circle on a one-timer from Brian Leetch.
Before the period was over, the Maple Leafs were able to tie the game at 1-1 on a power play goal of their own. At 8:14, Darcy Tucker beat Toivonen to the short side off a pass from Tomas Kaberle.
At 7:52 of the third period, Leafs defenseman Bryan McCabe scored the eventual game winner on a power play goal from the point. Prior to the goal, Bruins defenseman David Tanabe was penalized for a delay-of-game when he backhanded the puck over the boards in his own zone. That gave the Leafs a 5-on-3 advantage with Milan Jurcina already in the box. Jurcina's penalty had just expired when McCabe scored.
The Bruins have three days off before they face the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night in the first of a three-game road trip. Happy Holidays!