All that is important here is that the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Boston Bruins for the first time since the 6th game of their Stanley Cup quarter final matchup last year, which was of course played in Toronto.
The other critical point is that Toronto won this game in regulation time, didn’t need overtime nor a shootout, which is good because it takes all possible points away from the top team in the Eastern Conference Atlantic Division.
Toronto got a splendid performance from centre Tyler Bozak, while James van Riemsdyk kicked in, so did Leafs’ leading goal scorer and point getting Phil Kessel, and Jake Gardiner provided a goal, and you cannot forget that Jonathan Bernier became the first Leaf goaltender to beat up on the Big Bad Bruins. Ok so he didn’t exactly ‘beat them up’ but he did beat them for two points in the standings and that should be good enough for all of us. Bozak now has five goals in his last seven games (please do not get hurt again, ever) and JVR recorded his 18th goal of the season.
It seems that whenever Kessel and JVR get in on the scoring for these Leafs, it seems to result in a win, this one last night was even better because the defence (and Bernier) were able to keep Boston from getting that four (and game tying) goal, all remember what happened the last time Leafs had four goals at the TD Garden, don’t we??!?
The blue and white defense had a rough night overall despite Gardiner getting a goal. Toronto’s D is probably forever going to have its share of problems dealing with a physical team like Boston. Phaneuf gets lit up almost every time they play, Gunnarsson does too. On the offence still nee contributions from Lupul, McClement, Kadri, Mason Raymond and David Clarkson. Hopefully there will be plenty of ice time for those guys tonight when they return home to play Buffalo.