Toronto Maple Leafs Embarrassed By Boston Bruins
Monday nights win over the Maple Leafs gave Boston a sweep in the six game series, with Chris Kelly netting the game winner at 02:25 of the first period, which gave Kelly four game winners against Toronto this season.
Boston emerged from the first period with a 4-0 lead and started off the second period where they left off when Benoit Pouliot scored his 12th goal of the season and second of the game at 02:31 of the second.
Boston would earn two power play markers on the night. When everything was said and done the Bruins had outscored the Maple Leafs by a final score of 8-0 on the night and 36-10 in the six game series, which amounts to a complete fisting of the Leafs on the part of the Bruins.
Bruins netminder Tim Thomas emerged with the shutout, his second of the season against the lowly Maple Leafs.
Maple Leafs defenseman Luke Schenn fought Bruins forward Greg Campbell midway through the first, but his efforts did little to spark his team, who managed just 13 shots on the night.
Mike Komisarek threw down with Milan Lucic. He too failed to spark his club, as he took a good ‘ol fashioned beating from Lucic, as he has many times before.
At the end of the day Monday nights “effort” was a complete embarrassment. The Maple Leafs were dominated in every aspect of the game and deserved to have their heads handed to them by the Bruins.
There is no silver lining here, the Maple Leafs stunk, plain and simple.
Starting goaltender James Reimer made only five saves on nine shots. He was replaced by Jonas Gustavsson, who gave up the other four goals.
Reimer and Gustavsson had little defensive help on the evening asToronto’s defense had trouble containing the Bruins forwards throughout the contest. That said, Gustavsson continues to go down far too early, which led to a few goals on the night.
If Francois Allaire is the goaltending coach guru he is made out to be he will start showing it by addressing Gustavsson’s penchant for committing low on far too many shots. Clearly, shooting are keying in on this weakness, which is resulting in a number of easy goals for opposing forwards.
With Monday night’s win the Bruins increase their lead over the Ottawa Senators to three points, which puts them second overall in the Eastern Conference standings. For Toronto, the loss brought their overall record to 32-33-8 on the season, good enough for 24th overall, a mere two points out of lottery pick contention.
The Maple Leafs will not have much time to lick their wounds as they will face the New York Islanders Tuesday night. The Islanders have posted a 3-4-3 record in their past ten games and sit just three points behind the Maple Leafs in 27th spot overall.
With a lottery pick in sight, here’s hoping the Maple Leafs come out with another stinker. Truth be told, at this point there is nothing to win by winning.
Until next time,