Jonas Gustavsson started his first game since December 1st against the Canadiens and he didn't miss a beat. Gustavsson didn't have to make a ton of huge saves but he stopped all 25 that were directed his way for his first NHL shutout.
With the Leafs leading 1-0 in the second, Gustavsson stopped Byron Bitz in close and with the Bruins looking to tie the game, he fought through traffic and made several key saves to preserve the win.
Nikolai Kulemin had one of his best games as a Maple Leaf on Saturday. Kulemin is one of Ron Wilson's top penalty killers and against the Bruins, he was consistently in the shooting lanes either breaking up plays with his stick or blocking shots.
Although expectations were for Kulemin to be a big goal scorer, he has fit in nicely with Wayne Primeau and Lee Stempniak. Kulemin saw a season high 18:28 of ice-time.
Saturday's game wasn't very pretty as both teams have had heavy schedules and both played Friday. The game lacked energy. The teams did their best to make it a physical affair as they combined for 29 hits.
Francois Beauchemin led the Leafs with three hits while Johnny Boychuk had four hits for the Bruins. Late in the third Boychuk's hit on Matt Stajan caused a melee which saw Tomas Kaberle jump in to protect his teammate.
"Kulie, I don’t think he got a point tonight, but that’s by the far the best game he’s ever played in the NHL. He was blocking shots; his stick was always in the right spot, winning battles, great on the fore check...I thought he had a great night."
Monday December 21 vs. Buffalo Sabres 7 PM ET (Sportsnet, AM640)
Game Notes: The Leafs and Sabres meet for the second time in four days as the Leafs look to get some revenge for Friday's 5-2 defeat against the steady Ryan Miller.
The Sabres have won all three meetings this season and the last eight games between the two teams.