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Leafs Drop Second Straight To Boston

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM
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Leafs Drop Second Straight To Boston
Toronto Maple Leafs 2, Boston Bruins 5


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BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins chose not to worry about how they almost blew a three-goal lead. Instead, they celebrated the way they regained control of the game.

Mark Recchi scored twice in the final three minutes, and Tuukka Rask stopped 32 shots as Boston squandered most of a three-goal lead and held on to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 on Thursday night.

``Three-goal leads are the worst,'' Recchi said. ``We were OK for two periods. In the third they came out and we weren't ready for it. It's nice that we responded after they did come back.''

Mark Stuart, Derek Morris and David Krejci scored to give the Bruins a 3-0 lead after two periods. Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin had goals in the third to cut Toronto's deficit to 3-2, but Recchi scored with 2:37 to play and then added an empty-netter with 12 seconds left to clinch it.

Vesa Toskala made 29 saves for Toronto, which has lost seven straight to Boston, including a 7-2 defeat on Saturday night.

``We've only got one win in our division, which is awful,'' Leafs defenceman Ian White said. ``We got spanked by these guys not even a week ago. We were expecting to come in here and have a different showing. It's unfortunate. It could be a number of factors, I'm not exactly sure what the problem is but we have to find ways to win.''

The Bruins improved to 8-1-1 in the last 10 games and took over first place in the Northeast Division.

It was the second time in six days Boston took a big lead on the Maple Leafs and former Bruins forward Phil Kessel, who signed with Toronto as a restricted free agent in the off-season. On Saturday, the Bruins scored the first seven goals and coasted.

This time, Toronto cut the deficit to 3-2 before giving up a late power play when Jason Blake was called for high-sticking with 4:01 left.

The Bruins put pressure on, bouncing the puck in front of the net, but Recchi and Krejci failed to put it in until it went wide to Blake Wheeler. He passed it back into the slot where Recchi redirected it in to make it 4-2.

Recchi added an empty netter in the closing seconds.

``The third period we went back on the attack and did the things we needed to do,'' said Toronto coach Ron Wilson, who complained about penalties that weren't called. ``Obviously, scoring 18 seconds in got our team fired up and them back on their heels a little bit so it opened up the game.''

Just as they did on Saturday, when the Bruins dominated in Kessel's first visit, the crowd booed him virtually every time he touched the puck. At least one fan in the crowd wore a Kessel T-shirt, but the name and number on the back had been X'd out.

But Kessel, who declined to talk after the game, was scoreless for the second time in two games against the Bruins.

``That's what we've got to do, take away their best players,'' Krejci said. ``We did a good job of that tonight.''

Toronto made it 3-1 just 18 seconds into the third period when Blake shot the puck across the net, and Grabovski slammed home the rebound. Kulemin cut the deficit to one goal, deflecting a shot in from the side of the crease.

Bruins coach Claude Julien called a timeout, and his players responded.

``It was about settling them down and making sure we didn't panic,'' said Julien, who commended his players for avoiding the distraction of their former teammate's return. ``I think our guys handled it well. 'Kesselmania' and all that stuff. I thought we were playing hockey not wrestling.''

The No. 5 overall pick in the 2006 draft scored 36 goals last season - and a total of 66 in his first three NHL seasons but he couldn't come to terms with the Bruins.

Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli said Kessel had told the Bruins he wanted to play elsewhere and traded him to Toronto for two first-round draft picks and a second-rounder.

NOTES: Rask has not lost in regulation since Nov. 16. ... Bruins forward Byron Bitz was sick and didn't play. ... The Bruins are 10-0 when leading by two goals at any point. ... Toronto has allowed 12 goals in its last 30 time short-handed. The Bruins have killed 16 straight power plays against them. ... The Bruins controlled the game from the start when Blake was sent off 16 seconds in with a double minor for high-sticking.


scoring summary
1st Period
08:01
BOS
Mark Stuart (2) ASST: Johnny Boychuk (1), Daniel Paille (6)
1 - 0 BOS
2nd Period
00:35
BOS
PPG - Derek Morris (3) ASST: Zdeno Chara (17), Michael Ryder (5)
2 - 0 BOS
11:10
BOS
David Krejci (4) ASST: NONE
3 - 0 BOS
3rd Period
00:18
TOR
Mikhail Grabovski (7) ASST: Jason Blake (14), Niklas Hagman (9)
3 - 1 BOS
04:09
TOR
Nikolai Kulemin (6) ASST: Mike Komisarek (1), Tomas Kaberle (28)
3 - 2 BOS
17:23
BOS
PPG - Mark Recchi (6) ASST: Blake Wheeler (9), David Krejci (11)
4 - 2 BOS
19:48
BOS
EN - Mark Recchi (7) ASST: Patrice Bergeron (16), Marco Sturm (8)
5 - 2 BOS
penalty summary
1st Period
00:16
TOR
Jason Blake  Hi stick - double minor against  Dennis Wideman
10:17
BOS
Patrice Bergeron  Hi-sticking against  Matt Stajan
2nd Period
00:29
TOR
Ian White  Holding against  Marco Sturm
02:07
TOR
Jamal Mayers  Roughing against  Mark Stuart
02:07
BOS
Mark Stuart  Roughing against  Jamal Mayers
04:11
TOR
Jamal Mayers  Fighting against  Mark Stuart
04:11
BOS
Mark Stuart  Fighting against  Jamal Mayers
15:44
BOS
Blake Wheeler  Interference - Goalkeeper against  Vesa Toskala
3rd Period
15:59
TOR
Jason Blake  Hi-sticking against  Zdeno Chara
goalie stats
Vesa Toskala
SA: 33TOI: 58:09
Saves: 29EV: 23 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 8
SV%: .879SH: 0 - 0
Tuukka Rask
SA: 34TOI: 60:00
Saves: 32EV: 27 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .941SH: 2 - 2
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