BRUINS SCORE ALL THREE GOALS SCORED THROUGH TWO PERIODS; LEAFS GET ON SCORESHEET EARLY IN THIRD
The rivalry between the Maple Leafs and Bruins has always been robust, and nothing changed about it Saturday night at TD Garden. Toronto outshot Boston 11-8, but the Bruins emerged from the opening 20 minutes with a 1-0 lead (via Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson's goal) midway through the first period, and Boston tripled their lead in the second period on goals from forward David Backes and blueliner Torey Krug.
When the Bruins got their fourth straight goal (from forward Danton Heiman) at 1:47 of the third, the situation appeared bleak for the Leafs. But defenceman Travis Dermott's second goal of the season got Toronto on the scoreboard at the 4:03 mark, and the Buds had something to build on in the final three-quarters of regulation time:
Video: TOR@BOS: Dermott beats Halak with quick wrister
Unfortunately for the Leafs - who were playing in the first of a five-game road trip - the comeback that they used to take the Red Wings to overtime on Thursday didn't materialize in Boston. This was a physical game that got more physical as the evening went on, and the Bruins were better on this night.