The Leafs and Bruins rivalry hasn’t seem to slow down whatsoever. Just take a look at Wednesday evening in a game between the two. During a first period beauty goal by Pastrnak, the disgruntled Leafs fan decided to flip the bird to Boston crowd.
The goal was a beauty though and cannot be discounted. With the deke between the legs and slipping home the goal past Hutchinson the Boston Bruin took a 1-0 lead in the game. Not only was it a timely goal but it was also the Pastrnak’s 300th point!
With that he becomes one of only three other Boston Bruins who have reached the milestone in under 350 games. The others are the legendary Raymond Borque, Bobby Orr and Barry Pederson. That puts Pasta into a group of legends for sure.
The game was also full of other milestones. This is the coach of the Boston Bruins, Bruce Cassidy’s, 200th game behind the B’s bench. It would be no wonder the Bruins put in a little extra effort in the game.
During the second period the Bruins seemed to come out a little flat footed. Combining this with the play of the Leafs and you had a tied game just under 5 minutes into the second frame. Kapanen fired the puck past Rask
It really didn’t take the Bruins long to respond to that though. With Tuukka Rask playing well the Bruins started firing on all cylinders. Brad Marchand was fed a beauty by Pastrnak that ended up with Marchand putting the puck high glove side on Hutchinson. That made it 2-1 for the Bruins.
Leafs fans are being left to wonder why on earth coach Babcock would start a backup goalie against the bitter rivals? You have to wonder what he is thinking at times because the Leafs need all the points they can get especially against the Bruins.
Midway through he second though the Leafs fortunes appeared to be turning as the big captain Zdano Chara took a penalty for tripping. It didn’t take the Leafs long either to send this game into a tie.
While on the power play the Leafs silenced the Boston crowd for a short time when Kerfoot boomed the puck past Rask from the slot. It was a beauty that left no other option than finishing in the back of the net.
From that point on it was all Boston. Brett Richie scored his second of the year while taking full advantage of the brutal Leafs defence and sloppy goaltending. It is truly a wonder how this team is going to fill the holes in the back end with all the salary cap issues they are having.
The Bruins then finished off the Leafs with a nice goal by Lingholm. The youngster netted his first as a Bruin off the Sean Kuraly rebound. This making it a 4-2 contest that the leafs could never recover from.
With that all said we are looking at a wild first round in this years playoffs where these 2 teams will probably meet. As for the season series they are all tied up at 1 with each team losing one while playing the back up goalie.