Shots on Goal: Bruins upend Leafs 4-1
The Bruins haven’t had much luck against Toronto in the past couple of years, 0-5-1, or against their goaltender Frederik Andersen 0-9, but Saturday night they broke both those streaks and skated to a convincing 4-1 victory.
Two second period powerplay goals from David Pastrnak and Torey Krug sealed the win for Boston. Tuukka Rask snapped a six-game losing streak against the Maple Leafs. Rask, with 23 saves, also extended his personal points streak to 20 games. In that time period he has built a 1.59 goals against average and .941 save percentage.
Boston came out skating hard in the first period looking to take advantage of a Toronto club that was playing their third game in four nights. Kind of a tall order considering the Maple Leafs ran over the Islanders 5-0 and followed that up with a 4-0 win over the Rangers two days prior.
Patrice Bergeron got Boston on the board first when he beat Andersen with a wrister high glove side to put Boston up 1-0.
Toronto tied it up with their only goal of the contest when a Mitch Marner slapshot deflected off of Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy’s stick and into the net. After the goal, Rask skated up to McAvoy and gave him a tap on the shins and some words of encouragement.
Save of the game goes to Rask who looked like he was channeling Tim Thomas from back in the day. With the game tied 1-1 Tyler Bozak tried to sneak one through the back door but Rask made a diving paddle save to rob the Toronto center of an easy goal.
Momentum swung Boston’s way when Pastrnak found just enough daylight between the post and Andersen to put Boston up 2-1. Krug followed that up with a one-timer from the right dot making it 3-1 in favor of the Bruins.
Tim Schiller added a 180 foot empty-netter with Rask getting credit for an assist to seal it at 4-1.
Frederik Andersen (25-15-4) had 26 saves on the night.