Boston Bruins (29-14-2) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (22-20-5)
9:53 p.m. Third Period Snapshots: BOS 3, TOR 4
B'S FALL TO LEAFS: The Bruins battled back in the third period playing with desperation generating a goal from Gregory Campbell, but it wasn't enough as the B's fell to the Maple Leafs 4-3 on Tuesday night in Boston. The Bruins also got goals from Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand each scoring in the first period of tonight's game. The B's are back in action on Thursday on the Stars in Dallas. Puck drop is set for 8:30 pm ET.
SOUPY SCORES HIS THIRD OF THE SEASON: With 10:25 to go in the third period, the Bruins showed no signs of quitting when Gregory Campbell flipped a slick backhand past Jonathan Bernier to bring the Black & Gold within one. The goal marks Soupy's third tally of the year, assisted by Daniel Paile, who is credited with his fourth helper of the season.
BRUINS GO ON THE PP: With 13:31 to go in the third period, the Bruins were awarded a power play opportunity when Toronto was whistled for a delay of game. The Maple Leafs penalty kill unit remained strong for the duration of the two minutes, stymying the Bruins PK for the third time in the matchup, leaving them scoreless.
LEAFS TAKE A TWO GOAL LEAD: Exactly one minute into the period, James Van Riemsdyk gave Toronto a two goal lead, the largest lead by any team this game, marking his 18th goal of the year. Tyler Bozak and Joffrey Lupul pick up the assists on the goal. Bozak now has three points this game (1 goal, 2 assists) while Van Reimsdyk has tallied two points with one goal an an assist.
B'S POSTGAME COVERAGE: Stay tuned for our postgame coverage and follow us on Twitter @NHLBruins for quotes from the B's locker room and Head Coach Claude Julien.
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NEXT GAME: The Bruins are back in action on Thursday on the Stars in Dallas. Puck drop is set for 8:30 pm ET.
8:41 p.m. Second Period Snapshots: BOS 2, TOR 3
SPOONER CALLED FOR HOLDING: The Bruins PK unit was sent back out to the ice at the 6:31 mark when Ryan Spooner was called for holding on Nazem Kadri out behind the Toronto net. Goaltender Tuukka Rask was a standout while the B's were shorthanded for the third time in the evening, as he withstood four point-blank whacks on the doorstep from James Van Riemsdyk, keeping the puck out of the net to limit any further damage.
BRUINS GET A MAN ADVANTAGE: The Bruins earned a power play opportunity at the 11:53 mark when the Leafs were penalized for tripping giving the B's a two-minute man-advantage. The Bruins power play units however were unable to generate much momentum throughout the minor penalty, as the Leafs preserved their one goal lead with under 10 minutes to go in the second period.
LEAFS SCORE ON THE POWER PLAY: At the 14:10 mark the Bruins found themselves shorthanded for the second time in the evening when Adam McQuaid was whistled for tripping. The Toronto power play saw consistent crisp puck movement from within the B's zone, which eventually resulted in a Jake Gardiner goal to give the Leafs their first lead of the game at 3-2. The goal marks Gardiner's third goal of the season.
BRUINS GO ON THE PP: At 1:37 into the second frame of action, Toronto's James Van Riemsdyk was called for tripping sending the Bruins on their first power play of the game. The Bruins had multiple chances from Jarome Iginla and Torey Krug, but Jonathan Bernier stood tall, fending off the Bruins attack to kill off the penalty unscathed.
7:42 p.m. First Period Snapshots: BOS 2, TOR 2
BOZAK STRIKES AGAIN: At 8:23 Carl Soderberg was called for hooking putting the Bruins on the penalty kill for the first time in the evening. Toronto wasted no time tying the game back up at two, when Tyler Bozak recorded his second goal of the evening off of a slick pass from James Van Riemsdyk. Phil Kessel also picks up another assist for his second heper of the game. Kessel and Bozak now each have multiple point games.
BERGERON CONVERTS ON THE WRAPAROUND: The Bruins took the lead back with 9:12 to go in the first, when Patrice Bergeron muscled in a wraparound attempt from on Bernier's glove side for his 11th goal of the season. Marchand gets credited for the primary assist on the goal along with Zdeno Chara, who earned the secondary. Marchand and Bergeron now how multiple point games, each with a goal and an assist.
MAPLE LEAFS TIE IT UP: At the 14:08 mark the Toronto Maple Leafs tied up the game when Tyler Bozak punched in a rebound off Rask's pad for his eighth goal of the season. Phil Kessel and Carl Gunnarsson are credited with the assists on the goal.
MARCHAND SCORES: At the 16:22 mark the Bruins took 1-0 lead when Brad Marchand scooped up a rebound off of Reilly Smith backhand bid from the slot, to beat Bernier. The goal marks Marchand's 11th of the season with Smith picking up his 18th assist. Patrice Bergeron is credited with the secondary helper on the play for his 16th assist of the season.
THORNTON DROPPS THE MITTS: Shawn Thornton, playing in his first game back at TD Garden since serving his 15-game suspension, dropped the mitts with Toronto's Frazer McLaren deep in the Bruins zone near the boards. While both combatants threw a flurry of punches, Thornton appeared to get the better of the the situation, pulling McLaren's jersey over the back of his head toward the end of the bout. The pugilists were eventually separated and sent their respective penalty boxes to serve their fighting majors. The fight marks the fifth straight game the Bruins have dropped the gloves.
IGGY GETS A BREAK AWAY: At the 18:30 mark, Jarome Iginla found himself on a breakaway after Zdeno Chara chipped out a rebound off of a Phil Kessel wraparound attempt. Iginla, fired a wrister on Toronto goaltender Jonathan Bernier, who was able to body up the puck to keep the game scoreless early on. Big save from Bernier to keep the momentum even early on in this game.
6:30 p.m. Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs. TOR
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (22-11-2, 2.06 GAA, .930 Save %) vs. Bernier (14-14-4, 2.57 GAA, .926 Save %). Rask is 9-1-0 with a 1.42 GAA and .951 save % in 12 career games against the Maple Leafs. Bernier is 0-2-0 with a 5.69 GAA and .838 save % in two career games against Boston.
BRUINS VS MAPLE LEAFS LIFETIME: The B’s and Maple Leafs will meet for the 652nd time tonight with the Bruins holding a 289-256-87-8 record and a 1,932-1,927 scoring edge. The Black & Gold are 180-95-47-3 in their 326 lifetime meetings against the Maple Leafs in Boston, with a scoring advantage of 1,067-860 in those contests. The Bruins have topped the Leafs in their last six matchups in Boston and are 22-4-3 against Toronto in their last 29 games overall.
MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR SAM BERNS: The Bruins will be honoring special friend, Sam Berns, with a moment of silence before tonight’s game against the Maple Leafs. Sam passed away on Friday, at age 17, due to complications from Progeria, a rare genetic condition that produces rapid aging in children. Earlier this morning Zdeno Chara spoke about remembering Sam Berns:
"Getting to know Sam was a privilege. It started as a slow friendship and then became stronger as we got to know each other more and more. You know, I loved Sam. It was big motivation for me, and obviously an inspiration to so many people to see him going through different stages of adversity, and the way he dealt with them, and how positive he was. He was just a huge inspiration and it was really fun to see him being such an icon, and representing Progeria. He helped so much to raise awareness. As a player, as his friend, and just a human being, I was honored to get to know him."
BOSTON’S GOUCHER, DUPONT EARN AWARDS: Boston Bruins’ play-by-play announcer Dave Goucher of 98.5 The Sports Hub was selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association & Hall of Fame as the Sportscaster of the Year for the state of Massachusetts. Boston Globe’s Kevin Paul Dupont was also named an award recipient in Massachusetts, earning his second Sportswriter of the Year Award.
P.J. AXELSSON PUCK DROP: The Boston Bruins will pay tribute to 90 years of history during ten select home games throughout the 2013-14 season. The organization will honor each of the ten decades of Bruins hockey as part of the 90 Years Celebration presented by Alex and Ani. Tonight, B’s legend P.J. Axelsson will drop the ceremonial first puck to begin the night's tribute to the Bruins of the 2000's. Previous honorees include Milt Schmidt (10/14 vs. DET), Bobby Orr (11/21 vs. STL) and Terry O’Reilly (12/17 vs. CGY).
BOSTONCOACH LOUNGE: On January 13, TD Garden announced BostonCoach, a leading ground transportation and transportation-management company, as the exclusive entitlement partner of the arena’s Premium Club lounge, now known as the ”BostonCoach Lounge.” The BostonCoach Lounge is an upscale hospitality area for networking, mingling and entertaining located at the East end of Level 6 within The Premium Club at TD Garden. Accessible to all Premium Club members, its modern décor and sightlines that overlook the arena floor make it the place to see and be seen for members pregame, between periods at a Boston Bruins game or at halftime during a Boston Celtics game. BostonCoach is the official car service of the Boston Bruins and TD Garden.
MILESTONES APPROACHING: Captain Zdeno Chara is expected to play in his 1,100th NHL game tonight… Goaltender Tuukka Rask’s next win will be a new career season-high in wins (22, 2009-10).
189 AND COUNTING: Following last Saturday’s (1/4) home game against the Winnipeg Jets, the Boston Bruins have sold out 189 straight regular season and playoff games. This sellout streak began more than three years ago on December 5, 2009 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The last game the Bruins did not have 17,565 in attendance at the Garden was on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning (16,553).
MAPLE LEAFS NOTEBOOK: Joffrey Lupul leads all Toronto players in career assists (11) and points (17) in 22 games against the Boston Bruins… David Clarkson leads Toronto players in career goals against Boston with seven in 25 games…Entering tonight, former Bruin Phil Kessel leads the Maple Leafs in goals (21), assists (21) and points (42)… Jay McClement currently sits one point shy of 200 NHL points… On January 13, the Maple Leafs recalled Peter Holland from the Toronto Marlies (AHL). Holland has played in 22 games with the Leafs this year, posting 6-4=10 totals.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 24-for-122 (19.7%, T-7th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 124-for-146 (83.6%, 10th NHL)… Leafs power play: 32-for-147 (21.8%, 5th NHL), Leafs penalty kill: 127-for-164 (77.4%, 27th NHL).