Shots on Goal: Bruins fall short against Maple Leafs, 6-5
Rookie William Nylander scored his first NHL hat trick Saturday night in Boston to fuel the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 6-5 victory over the Boston Bruins. James Van Riemsdyk added a pair of goals including the game winner with 1:36 remaining to help the Maple Leafs break their current three game losing streak.
With his late game goal, Van Riemsdyk broke the tie and the hearts of Bruins fans who sat through not one but two comebacks. Boston had been down 4-1 in the second with Toronto lighting the lamp three times in 120 seconds, Van Riemsdyk netting his first of the night and Nylander his second and third. This spelled the end of the night for Tuukka Rask who let in four goals on thirteen shots.
Enter Zane McIntyre with his fifth relief appearance since his Jan 8 start against Carolina. It took Boston 38 seconds to pull within two when David Pastrnak potted his second of the night. A heavyweight bout between Adam McQuaid and Matt Martin that ended when McQuaid landed a right to the jaw of Martin was all the catalyst the Black and Gold needed to light the fire. That and an angry coach.
Bruins defenseman Torey Krug added a power-play goal at 15:53 of the second, and Ryan Sponer completed the comeback by firing home a rebound from out front midway through the third period to knot the game at 4.
Toronto wasn’t ready to give in to the Bruins just yet as Connor Brown found himself with a wide open net for an easy score making it 5-4 in favor of the Maple Leafs at 15:15 of the third.
A Boston power-play goal from Patrice Bergeron just 1:51 later had the game tied again 5-5 before Van Riemsdyk put the nail in the coffin for the Bruins.
The numbers for the Boston netminders were Tuukka Rask 4-14, Zane McIntyre 2-12. Boston outshot Toronto 41-26.
Frederik Andersen (22-11-8). got the win for the Maple Leafs with a 36 save effort.