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A Bruin Beatdown In Beantown

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
Anthony Laksmana

December 5, 2009
TD Garden
Boston, MA
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The Maple Leafs failed to capitalize on a team who was coming off a tough loss the previous night in Montreal. The Bruins, who were 6-0-1 before losing 5-1 Friday night to the Canadiens, came out strong and scored two goals in the first six minutes of the game.

In the second period, Zdeno Chara added an unassisted goal while Marc Savard scored his second goal of the game, which made the game 4-0 after two periods and far out of reach for the Leafs.

33 Seconds apart of the first two goals of the game by Boston
5-0-1 Tuukka Rask's record in his last six starts for the Bruins
4 Straight road game wins for the Leafs, before tonight's loss in Boston
0 Points by Phil Kessel, after scoring 6 points in his last 4 games
4 Total fights in the game, two by Mayers.
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Marc Savard
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Patrice Bergeron
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Marc Savard is known to be a great playmaker and setup man, especially for his former teammate, Phil Kessel. But tonight, it was Savard's teammates who were setting him up for goals.

Heading into tonight's game, Savard only had 1 goal in his previous 7 games. But after registering 3 goals against the Leafs, he now has 4 goals in his last 3 games.

There was one lone bright spot for the Leafs, and that was Mikhail Grabovski who had an unspectacular performance with one goal on 4 shots while registering a rating of +1.

He now has 3 points in his last 2 games with a +3 rating after being pointless in his previous 2 games. Grabsovski has steadily improved his faceoff percentage this season, but only won 40% of his faceoffs against the Bruins.

It was a rough night for the Maple Leafs, on the stat sheet and on the ice. As soon as they gave up the first goal of the game, 5:28 into the period, Colton Orr decided to drop the gloves with Bruins' Shawn Thorton in an attempt to give his team a boost. Unfortunately, it led to another Boston goal 33 seconds later.

Three fights, 34 penalty minutes, and two Boston powerplay goals later, the game was over for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Ron Wilson on his team's performance tonight:

"We stunk and we'll move on. We had a good road trip and we gotta go home and win a couple. We'll be ready for them when (the Bruins) come in on Thursday... The game was over half way through the 2nd period so unfortunately, we couldn't do anything right for most of the night."

Monday December 7 vs. Atlanta
7 PM ET (Sportsnet, AM640)

Game Notes:
The Maple Leafs return home to face the Thrashers after a three-game road trip. This game marks the first of four meetings between the two teams this season.

Former Leafs Nik Antropov and Pavel Kubina make their return to Toronto, their first game against the Leafs since both being traded last season.

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