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Snapshots: Bruins vs. Maple Leafs

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

SNAPSHOTS: Boston Bruins (9-5-1) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (11-5-0)

9:54 p.m. - Third Period Snapshots: FINAL BOS 3, TOR 1

The Bruins topped the Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden by a score of 3-1, with goals from Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron (2).  Tuukka Rask earns his ninth victory of the season with another solid performance between the pipes, stopping 33 of 34 shots in tonight's game.  The Bruins are back in action on Monday as they host the Tampa Bay Lightning at TD Garden. The B's will also host Military Appreciation Day throughout the course of the game with puck drop scheduled for 1:00 pm ET.

The Bruins got the insurance goal they needed with 21.7 to go on the clock when Loui Eriksson made a fantastic hustle play to dig a puck out of the Toronto end. With a Maple Leaf on his hip, Eriksson managed to win the race to the puck and flip it to Patrice Bergeron tailing the play, who then tapped it in to give the Bruins a 3-1. Eriksson earns his fourth third assist of the season on the play, while Brad Marchand earns his fourth.

The Bruins found themselves on their third penalty kill attempt of the night with 4:36 to go in the third period, when Carl Soderberg was whistled for holding in the neutral zone out in front of the B's bench.  The Bruins held strong for two minute minor to Soderberg, killing off their third penalty of the night to make it 18 straight kills with 2:36 to go in the game.

With 11:52 to go in the third period, Bruins centerman David Krejci went off for boarding putting the Bruins on the power penalty kill for the second time in the matchup.  Rask was arguably the best penalty killer during the two-minute minor making five saves, including two on former Bruin and leading Toronto goal scorer Phil Kessel. The Bruins were able to kill off the minor to Krejci, marking their 17th straight successful penalty kill.

The Bruins cashed on their power play opportunity with Patrice Bergeron powering in Carl Soderberg rebound, which Soderberg created by putting a tough angle shot on goal behind the Toronto net. The goal marks Bergerons fourth goal of the season and first since his tally against the Pittsburgh Penguins on October 30. Soderberg earns his fifth assist of the season on the play, with Reilly Smith also earning a helper for his ninth of the year.  Smith's assist extends his point streak to four straight games on the play, notching 1-4=5 totals during that time.

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8:58 p.m. - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 1, TOR 1

BOYCHUK DRAWS A PENALTY: At 18:20 into the second period, James Van Riemsdyk was called for a double minor high-sticking penalty, when he caught Johnny Boychuk in the face with his stick in the Bruins zone. The Bruins managed to get two shots on net during the man-advantage in the closing minutes of the second period, but were unable to beat Reimer. The Bruins will begin the third frame of action with 2:20 of power play time, with Van Riemsdyk serving the remainder of his high-sticking penalty as the B's seek their second straight win after topping the Panthers 4-1 on Thursday.

With 3:08 to go in the second period, Joffrey Lupul tied the game when he skated the puck end-to-end and beat Tuukka Rask high glove-side.  Earning the assist on the Lupul's eighth goal of the season is defenseman Paul Ranger, for his fourth helper of the season.

Per @NHLBruins on twitter, Adam McQuaid will not return to tonight's game. McQuaid was helped off the ice by his teammates in the first period.

Jarome Iginla and David Clarkson both shed the mitts after some shoving out in front of the Toronto net and threw a heated exchange of punches just 45 second into the middle frame.  The bout lasted about a minute before both players were separated and sent to the sin bin for their fighting majors.  Each team has brought the physicality into this game, both clearly hungry for a win.

7:59 p.m. - First Period Snapshots: BOS 1, TOR 0

CHARA SCORES A POWER PLAY GOAL: With 5:57 to go in the first period, the Bruins were awarded their first man-advantage of the evening when Toronto's Jay McClement was called for holding on B's winger Milan Lucic.  The Bruins took full advantage of the opportunity just over a minute and a half into the power play when Zdeno Chara redirected a Jarome Iginla pass sent from behind the Toronto Leafs net past a slightly out of position James Reimer.  The goal marks Chara's third goal of the year, while Iginla and Torey Krug earn their seventh and fourth assists of the season, respectively. Thus far, all of Chara's goals this season have come on the power play. Krug also extends his point streak to three straight games with his assist on the play, with 2-1=3 totals during that span.

Johnny Boychuk was called for tripping on Toronto's Nikolai Kulemin deep in the Bruins zone with 10:39 to go in the first period, putting the Bruins on the penalty kill for the first time this evening. Entering tonight the Bruins had a streak of 15 straight penalty kills after allowing five straight power play goals from October 26 - 30. The B's were ultimately able to bail out Boychuk, killing of their 16th straight penalty with 8:39 to go in the first frame.

Less than two minutes into the matchup, Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid went toe-to-toe with Frazer McLaren. The heavyweight bout saw both players wrestler for position before trading some solid right punches. McQuaid, fell to a knee toward the back-end of the bout, but sprung back up immediately to throw a few more punches before eventually earning the takedown on McLaren.  Following the fight, both players were escorted to their respective penalty boxes to serve their fighting majors, earning stick taps from their teammates.

6:30 p.m. - Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. TOR

STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (8-4-1, 1.68 GAA, .942 Save %) vs. Reimer (4-1-0, 2.36 GAA, .942 Save %).  Rask is 8-1-0 with a 1.46 GAA and .949 save % with one shutout in 11 career games against the Maple Leafs.  Reimer is 4-4-1 with a 2.75 GAA and .917 save % in nine career games against Boston.

The B’s and Maple Leafs will meet for the 650th time tonight with the Bruins holding a 287-256-98-8 record and a 1,929-1,919 scoring edge.  The Black & Gold are 179-95-47-3 in their 325 lifetime meetings against the Leafs in Boston, with a scoring advantage of 1,064-859 in those contests.  The Bruins are 9-1-1 in their last 11 meetings with Toronto and are 20-4-3 in their last 27 matchups.

PROGERIA NIGHT: Tonight, the Boston Bruins will be hosting Progeria night and will honor Foxboro, MA native Sam Berns. Progeria, an accelerated aging disease, affects one in every four to eight million newborns.  Sam has a documentary titled “Life According to Sam” out on HBO about his experience with the disease.  He will be participating in various activities during the game including dropping the puck before the start of the game.   All in-game fundraising activities tonight as well as proceeds from the 50/50 raffle will benefit the Progeria Research Foundation. Fans can also instantly donate $10 to the Progeria Research Foundation from their mobile phones by texting “Progeria” to 80888.  Bruins coaches, management, and staff will all be wearing Progeria Research Foundation pins and bracelets during the game.

Bruins blueliner Torey Krug scored his sixth goal of the season in Thursday’s game against the Florida Panthers, which puts him in second on the Bruins in the goal scoring-department.  Krug’s six goals are tied for first in the NHL among defensemen with Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson, while his nine points (6-3=9) rank first among NHL rookie defenseman.

SMITH, HAMILTON ON POINT STREAKS: Forward Reilly Smith and defenseman Dougie Hamilton both enter this evening riding a three-game streak, with Smith notching 1-3=4 totals and Hamilton recording 1-2=3 totals during that span. Smith also recorded his first NHL multiple-point game with a goal and an assist against the Panthers on November 7.

AIR DATES FOR BEHIND THE B PRESENTED BY ALEX AND ANI ANNOUNCED: The Bruins have announced the ten remaining air dates for Behind the B presented by Alex and Ani, including the fourth episode which is set to air this Monday, November 11 at 7:30 pm on NESN.  The full episode schedule as well as exclusive “Behind the B” related content will be available on and the Boston Bruins Digital Entertainment Network (Bruins DEN) throughout the season.

MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY: The B's will honor local military members, veterans, and their families at Military Appreciation Day presented by the Army National Guard of Massachusetts and New Hampshire on Monday, November 11 during the Bruins vs. Lightning game at TD Garden. To show their support for the armed forces on this upcoming Veterans Day, Bruins players Matt Bartkowski, Johnny Boychuk, David Krejci, Torey Krug and Dennis Seidenberg, will each purchase $2,500 worth of tickets to the B’s/Bolts game to give to local military members and their families.

174 AND COUNTING: Following last Thursday’s home game against the Florida Panthers, the Bruins have sold out 174 consecutive regular season and playoff games at TD Garden.  Their last non-sellout was on December 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning and drew 16,553.

MAPLE LEAFS NOTEBOOK: The Maple Leafs are coming into the second game of a back-to-back after defeating the New Jersey Devils 2-1 in a shootout last night… Winger Phil Kessel leads the Leafs in goals (10) and points (19) and is two appearances away from reaching 300 games with Toronto… Joffery Lupul leads all Toronto players in career assists (11) and points (16) in 21 games against Boston, while David Clarkson leads all Toronto players in goals (7) in 23 games against Boston… The Leafs have allowed more than 30 shots in 15 of 16 games.

Bruins power play: 7-for-44 (15.9%, 20th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 39-for-47 (83.0%, 16th NHL)… Maple Leafs power play: 13-for-57 (22.8%, 5th NHL), Maple Leafs penalty kill: 56-for-65 (86.2%, 5th NHL).
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