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Takeaways - Leafs vs. Bruins - 1/12/19

Leafs battle hard, but fall to Bruins 3-2

by Adam Proteau / MapleLeafs.com

AFTER GIVING UP GAME'S FIRST GOAL, LEAFS STORM BACK IN SECOND WITH TWO

 

The Maple Leafs have had difficulty generating offence at home of late, and although they dominated the shot counter in the first period against Boston Saturday - outshooting the Bruins 15-9 in the opening frame - it was the visitors who entered the second period with a 1-0 lead (on a goal scored with only 1:39 left in the period).

However, Toronto continued to plug away in the second period, and they netted their first goal against Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask at 7:37 of the second when winger Andreas Johnsson's shot trickled through Rask's legs and into Boston's net:

 

Video: BOS@TOR: Johnsson banks in goal off defender

 

Johnsson's goal was his 10th of the season - and less than two minutes after he scored, the Leafs took advantage of their first power play of the night when winger Mitch Marner ripped a shot high and over Rask for his 17th goal of the year:

 

Video: BOS@TOR: Marner rings in power-play goal off the post

 

Marner's goal put Toronto ahead, but not for long: five minutes and 17 seconds after the Leafs took the lead, the Bruins tied it on a goal by forward Sean Kuraly; and with only 15 seconds left in the second period, Kuraly made a slick pass to sniper David Pastrnak, who snapped it past Leafs goalie Michael Hutchinson for his 26th goal of the year.

 

Giving up a late goal in both the first and second frame was the difference between the Leafs entering the third with a lead and Toronto trailing. But because of the lapses in focus and structure, it was the latter situation facing the Buds.

 

LEAFS PUT PRESSURE ON LATE IN THIRD, BUT BRUINS CLAMP DOWN, PULL OUT WIN

 

The Bruins came out in the third frame seeking an insurance goal, and they outshot the Leafs 9-3 in the first 15 minutes of the period - and while Toronto's energy and push had them in Boston's zone for much of the final five minutes, Rask prevented any other pucks from getting past him, and the Bs pulled out the victory.

 

Toronto's next game comes Monday against the talented Colorado Avalanche, and while their effort against the Bruins was admirable, they'll need more offence against the Avs to get back to the winning side of the ledger.

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