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Savard gets hat trick, Bruins ruin Kessel's return

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

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Savard gets hat trick, Bruins ruin Kessel's return
Toronto Maple Leafs 2, Boston Bruins 7


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BOSTON, Massachusetts -- Marc Savard scored three goals and the Bruins and their raucous fans ruined Phil Kessel's return to Boston with a 7-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

Kessel, traded in the off-season after leading the Bruins with 36 goals last season, was booed during pre-game introductions and nearly every time he touched the puck. He even committed a turnover that led to Boston's third goal by Zdeno Chara at 2:09 of the second period.

Leading 7-0, Tuukka Rask lost a bid for his second shutout of the season when Niklas Hagman scored his team-leading 14th goal on a wrist shot from the bottom of the right circle with 4:14 left. Mikhail Grabovski added the final goal with 2:02 remaining.

The Bruins bounced back from one of their worst games of the season Friday night, a 5-1 loss in Montreal, with one of their best. They took control with two goals in the first 6:01 and finished the Maple Leafs off with two goals - by Johnny Boychuk and Savard - in nine seconds midway through the third period.

Boychuk, called up from Providence of the AHL on Saturday, scored his first NHL goal. Savard got his eight goal of the season and third hat trick of his career one night after Mike Cammalleri scored a hat trick against Boston.

The last Bruin to score three goals in a game was Kessel last April 12 against the New York Islanders.

The Bruins improved to 7-1-1 in their last eight games and ended the Maple Leafs' four-game road winning streak. Toronto is 4-2 in its last six games and 7-6-3 since Kessel returned after missing the first 12 games following shoulder surgery. The Maple Leafs were 1-7-4 without him.

Marco Sturm scored his ninth goal of the season at 5:28 when he deflected Derek Morris' shot from the right point past goalie Joey MacDonald. Just 33 seconds later, Savard made it 2-0 on a rebound after MacDonald stopped Chara's shot.

Any chance MacDonald had of stopping Chara in the second period was spoiled when the defenceman's shot from the left point was deflected off a Toronto player in front of the crease and into the net after the puck slipped off Kessel's stick.

Just four days after signing a US$28-million, seven-year contract extension, Savard had another big game when he scored his second goal at with just over five minutes left in the second period. Michael Ryder skated behind the net and fed the puck to Savard, who poked it past MacDonald from the goalie's right to make it 4-0. Mark Recchi got his fifth goal 6:36 into the third period.

Kessel, 22, was the fifth pick in the 2006 draft and became a restricted free agent after last season. He had 66 goals in three seasons but was traded on Sept. 18 for two first-round draft picks and a second-rounder. Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli said Kessel had told the Bruins he wanted to play elsewhere.

In Toronto's previous game, a 6-3 win at Columbus on Thursday night, Kessel scored twice and MacDonald got his first win with the Maple Leafs after getting 14 last season with the New York Islanders.

NOTES: Savard has four goals in his last three games. ... Rask entered the game with the second-best goals against average in the NHL and is 5-0-1 in his last six starts. ... Vesa Toskala replaced MacDonald at the start of the third period and allowed three goals. ... The Bruins next game is also at home against Toronto on Thursday.



scoring summary
1st Period
05:28
BOS
Marco Sturm (9) ASST: Patrice Bergeron (14), Derek Morris (12)
1 - 0 BOS
06:01
BOS
Marc Savard (6) ASST: Byron Bitz (4), Zdeno Chara (16)
2 - 0 BOS
2nd Period
02:09
BOS
Zdeno Chara (2) ASST: NONE
3 - 0 BOS
14:45
BOS
PPG - Marc Savard (7) ASST: Michael Ryder (4), Marco Sturm (7)
4 - 0 BOS
3rd Period
06:36
BOS
PPG - Mark Recchi (5) ASST: Patrice Bergeron (15), Tuukka Rask (2)
5 - 0 BOS
12:26
BOS
Johnny Boychuk (1) ASST: David Krejci (10)
6 - 0 BOS
12:45
BOS
Marc Savard (8) ASST: Blake Wheeler (8), Byron Bitz (5)
7 - 0 BOS
15:46
TOR
Niklas Hagman (14) ASST: Matt Stajan (11), Francois Beauchemin (9)
7 - 1 BOS
17:58
TOR
Mikhail Grabovski (5) ASST: Luke Schenn (4), Jason Blake (13)
7 - 2 BOS
penalty summary
1st Period
05:29
BOS
Shawn Thornton  Fighting (maj) against  Colton Orr
05:29
TOR
Colton Orr  Fighting (maj) against  Steve Begin
09:40
BOS
Mark Stuart  Roughing against  Jamal Mayers
09:40
TOR
Jamal Mayers  Roughing against  Mark Stuart
18:11
BOS
Marco Sturm  Slashing against  Christian Hanson
2nd Period
02:31
BOS
Andrew Ference  Tripping against  Niklas Hagman
05:22
TOR
Colton Orr  Roughing against  Blake Wheeler
05:22
TOR
Colton Orr  Interference against  David Krejci
13:33
TOR
Ian White  Hooking against  Shawn Thornton
3rd Period
05:06
TOR
Matt Stajan  Tripping against  Blake Wheeler
12:47
BOS
Steve Begin  Fighting (maj) against  Jamal Mayers
12:47
TOR
Jamal Mayers  Fighting (maj) against  Steve Begin
17:01
TOR
Lee Stempniak  Roughing against  Andrew Ference
17:01
TOR
Lee Stempniak  Roughing against  Andrew Ference
17:01
BOS
Andrew Ference  Roughing against  Lee Stempniak
17:01
BOS
Andrew Ference  Roughing against  Lee Stempniak
17:01
TOR
Wayne Primeau  Misconduct (10 min)
goalie stats
Joey MacDonald
SA: 23TOI: 39:52
Saves: 19EV: 17 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .826SH: 1 - 1
Vesa Toskala
SA: 10TOI: 20:00
Saves: 7EV: 6 - 8
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .700SH: 0 - 0
Tuukka Rask
SA: 33TOI: 60:00
Saves: 31EV: 21 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .939SH: 5 - 5
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