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Snapshots: Bruins vs. Leafs

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins


9:43 p.m. - Third Period Snapshots: FINAL BOS 5, TOR 2

B'S TOP LEAFS IN TORONTO: The Bruins earned their second straight win with tonight's 5-2 victory over the Maple Leafs in Toronto, improving to 20-8-2.  The Bruins received offensive production from Carl Soderberg, Torey Krug Kevan Miller (first NHL career goal), and Jarome Iginla in the closing minutes as well Bergeron with an empty netter int he closing seconds.  The Bruins are back in action on Tuesday against the Flame in Calgary Alberta. Puck drop is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. ET.

Seidenerberg was whistled for an infractin against Toronto's D'Amigo resulting in a two-minute penalty.  The Bruins buckled down despite allowing a goal and being called for an early penalty and were able to bail out Seidenberg, killing off the penalty with 15:17 remaining.  About two minutes after the Bruins killed the Seidenberg penalty, Kevan Miller was whistled for delay of game when he inadvertently flipped the puck over the boards, causing a delay of game penalty, putting the Bruins on the PK once again early in the third.  For the second time however the Bruins bailed out their teammate, escaping the penalty unscathed.

Seidenberg was whistled for a hit to the head on Toronto's D'Amigo resulting in a two minute penalty.  The Bruins buckled down despite allowing a goal and being called for an early penalty and were able to bail out Seidenberg, killing off the penalty with 15:17 remaining.

LEAFS PULL WITHIN ONE: At the 19:23 mark the Leafs pulled within one when Jay McClement picked up his own rebound shortly after a Toronto faceoff win in the B's zone and put it past Johnson to make the score 3-2.  The goal marked McClement's first goal of the season.

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NEXT GAME: The Bruins are back in action on Tuesday against the Flame in Calgary Alberta. Puck drop is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. ET.

8:40 p.m. - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 3, TOR 1

Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller picked an opportune time to notch his first NHL goal when he sent a skipping puck past Bernier to put the B's up 3-1.  Matt Fraser played a critical role on the goal, providing a net front presence and screen to give the puck a chance to get through.  Carl Soderberg is credited with the assist for winning the faceoff, which marks his 10th assist giving him a multiple point game with a goal and a helper.

Torey Krug kept the momentum going for the B's he scored on the power play after the Bruins were given another power play when Ryan Gunnarson was called for holding.  Krug sniped his eighth goal of the season from the top of the right faceoff circle at 6:47 into the second frame and was assisted by David Krejci (18th of the season) and Milan Lucic (12th of the season). 10 of the Bruins 15 power play calls have come from defensemen, with four from Krug, four from Chara and two from HamiltonThe goal also marks Soderberg's first NHL power play goal.

SODERBERG SCORES ON THE POWER PLAY: The Bruins were given their second man-advantge of the game when Toronto's Carter Ashton accidentally flipped the puck out play resulting in a delay of game minor.  The Bruins took full advantage of the power play, when 24 seconds into the power play, Reilly Smith threw a perfect pass to Soderberg in the slot, who punched it home to knot the game at 1-1. The goal marks Soderberg's fourth of the season, with Smith earning the primary helper for his 14th of the season.

7:37 p.m. First Period Snapshots: BOS 0, TOR 1

The Bruins got their first power play of the game at the 6:11 mark when Nazem Kadri was assessed a hooking minor.  David Krejci and Torey Krug were responsible for the B's two shots registered during the man-advantage, however the Black & Gold were unable to get any chances past Toronto netminder Jonathan Bernier who  stood tall in between the pipes for the Leafs.

Toronto's Peter Holland gave the Leafs a 1-0 lead when he scooped up a Jake Gardiner rebound and chipped it past B's goaltender Chad Johnson at 12:20 into the first.  The goal marks Gardiner's third goal of the season, with Gardiner earning his eighth assist of the year.  Credited with the secondary assist on the goal was Maple Leafs winger Mason Raymond for his 10th helper of the year.

Zdeno Chara and David Clarkson received matching roughing penalties at the 13:34 mark shortly after Clarkson had a short shoving match with B's blueliner Dougie Hamilton, before Chara stepped between the two.  Following the matching minors, we saw two-minutes of four-on-four play with the B's keeping the puck in the offensive zone for a majority matching penalties, but failed to register a shot on net.  They also didn't allow a shot on Chad Johnson during the defensively sound four-on-four play.

Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton was whistled for tripping at the 16:43 mark, putting the Bruins on the penalty kill for the first time this game.  The Bruins managed to keep the Leafs scoreless throughout the two minute minor, with Bergeron clearing out the puck toward the first half of the PK and Campbell intercepting, then chipping the puck out of the Bruins zone toward the middle portion of the Pk.  The The final 45 seconds of Maple Leafs power play time was spent in the B;s zone but they were unable to generate many scoring opportunities. Leafs are now 0-1 on the power play.

7:00 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. TOR

STARTING GOALTENDERS: Johnson (4-1-0, 1.97 GAA, .918 Save %) vs. Bernier (9-7-2, 2.40 GAA, .931 Save %).  Tongiht marks Johnson's first career start against Toronto.  Bernier is 0-1-0 with a 7.12 GAA and .767 save % in one career game against Boston.

BRUINS VS LEAFS LIFETIME: The Bruins and Maple Leafs will play each other for the 651st time tonight with the Bruins holding an overall 288-256-98-8 record and Toronto claiming a 1,930-1,922 scoring advantage. The Bruins are 180-95-47-3 in 326 games in Boston and hold a 1,067-860 scoring edge at home. The Black and Gold are 10-1-1 in the last 12 games against Toronto. The last time these teams played was on November 9, 2013 at TD Garden where the Bruins posted a 3-1 victory.






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BRUINS TRANSACTIONS: Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, December 8, that forward Chris Kelly has been placed on long-term injured reserve after sustaining a fractured right fibula in the second period of the Bruins/Penguins game on Saturday, December 7. He is expected to miss four to six weeks.

Chiarelli also announced that Adam McQuaid has been placed on injured reserve and that the team has recalled forwards Matt Fraser and Ryan Spooner from the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League) on an emergency basis.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 13-for-79 (16.5%, 19th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 79-for-93 (85.0%, 8th NHL)… Leafs power play: 23-for-93 (24.7%, 2nd NHL), Leafs penalty kill: 93-for-119 (78.2%, 25th NHL).

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