Final, 4-2 Bruins: It got a little more difficult than the Bruins wanted, but they were able to hang on for the victory. They were the better team tonight, and it showed. After that brief two-game skid, this was a good way for them to put it in the rear-view. Also worth mentioning that Khudobin played very, very well tonight.
Third period, 14.6 seconds, 4-2 Bruins: Seguin, empty net, goal.
(Marchand got away with a high stick on Kessel back in the Bruins’ end before that rush.)
Third period, 5:08, 3-2 Bruins: The Leafs must read my live blog (or have a basic understanding of hockey) because they sure enough scored quickly to make this one a game.
Mikhail Grabovski skated all around the Bruins’ end, turned and fired a shot on net from the dot. It found its way through a screen and into the back of the net.
Third period, 7:45, 3-1 Bruins: That hit by Boychuk on van Riemsdyk from earlier looked like patty-cake compared to the huge hit that Korbinian Holzer just put on David Krejci. I think Krejci will be feeling that one all over in the morning.
Meanwhile, the Leafs have just three shots this period and are going to need to score soon if they want to climb back into this game.
Third period, 13:18, 3-1 Bruins: Chara got a heavy shot off from the blue line, but neither Peverley and Campbell could bury the rebound after the pad save. Peverley had a good chance but Scrivens got his right pad down in time and held his ground.
Third period, 16:32, 3-1 Bruins: Colton Orr started fighting Adam McQuaid. The thing was, McQuaid wasn’t fighting. So Orr goes to the box for roughing. That was odd.
(B’s power play got nothing done last time out, by the way.)
Third period, 19:30, 3-1 Bruins: Seguin didn’t score out of the box, but Marchand did draw a cross-check on Phaneuf. May have been helped along by Marchand, but I’d have to see a replay before jumping to any conclusions.
Third period, 20:00, 3-1 Bruins: Third period, it’s happening.
End of second period, 3-1 Bruins: The B’s had to work a little extra to hold on to that two-goal lead, thanks to a Tyler Seguin slashing penalty, but they were able to kill off the first 1:48 of that penalty before intermission.
Seguin will be getting out of the box 12 seconds into the third period, and he will immediately score on a breakaway. You heard it here first.
Second period, 1:57, 3-1 Bruins: Goals late in periods are huge for the team that scores them and killer for the team that gives them up, and the Bruins now have two.
David Krejci was Johnny on the spot after an Andrew Ference shot was stopped by Scrivens and the rebound kicked out to the netminder’s right. Krejci flipped home the puck rather nonchalantly and didn’t even bother celebrating as he gave the Bruins a 3-1 lead. Lucic picks up the second assist.
Second period, 5:31, 2-1 Bruins: My goodness. Johnny Boychuk just introduced himself to James van Riemsdyk in a not-so-friendly way with a massive open-ice hit. That is going to find its way onto some of those pregame highlight films.
Second period, 12:49, 2-1 Bruins: Brad Marchand looked to turn down an offer to fight with Clarke MacArthur, and it’s a good thing he did. About five seconds later, Marchand was dishing to Seguin, who fired his shot past Scrivens to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead.
A half-hearted “Thank You, Kessel” chant breaks out at the Garden.
Seguin now has nine goals and six assists (15 points) in 14 games vs. the Maple Leafs.
Second period, 14:34, 1-1: B’s get nada on the man advantage. With Bourque on waivers, Gregory Campbell stepped in on the power play.
Second period, 17:27, 1-1: Johnny Boychuk got caught deep, David Krejci couldn’t handle a bounding puck, and the Leafs end up scoring on a 2-on-1. Nazem Kadri gets the goal off Clarke MacArthur’s pass.
Second period, 18:38, 1-0 Bruins: Marchand and Phaneuf got a little too physical in front of the Toronto bench, and they’ll both go to the box with matching penalties. Four-on-four hockey for two minutes.
Second period, 20:00, 1-0 Bruins: The second period is under way, with a bit of news from TSN’s Darren Dreger.
27 year old Carl Soderberg hoping to join Bruins after Swedish Elite playoffs. 6'3, 225 lbs. Property of Bruins. Led SEL in scoring.—
Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) March 08, 2013
Sodergberg is a 27-year-old with no NHL experience. He posted 31-29-60 totals in 54 games this season in Sweden.
End of first period, 1-0 Bruins: The final 52 tick away, and the B’s head to the locker room with a 1-0 lead.
Marchand did some dirty work on that one, battling for the puck in front of the Toronto bench. That led to the puck squirting free, and Seguin picked it up with a burst in his step and carried the puck toward the net. He wasn’t able to get off a shot, but Scrivens couldn’t find the puck.
The sequence came less than two minutes after Chris Kelly hit a post and Rich Peverley couldn’t collect the rebound with an empty net staring him in the face, so it was a fortunate turn of events for Boston.
First period, 52.3, 1-0 Bruins: The Bruins are able to get a lead before intermission, thanks to a strong net drive by Tyler Seguin that led to a loose puck in front. Patrice Bergeron was there to clean up the garbage, 1-0 Bruins.
First period, 5:50, 0-0: Stellar work from the Bruins’ penalty kill keeps this one scoreless. Anton Khudobin did a great job of turning an easy Tyler Bozak flip to an empty net into a point-blank pad save. That led directly to a Boston 2-on-1, with Chris Kelly getting the shot on net.
First period, 7:57, 0-0: That’ll be a two-man advantage for the next 23 seconds. Daniel Paille got called for a high stick on Dion Phaneuf. The crowd boos, but that was a pretty legitimate high stick, I would say. Paille absorbed heavy contact from Phaneuf and helicoptered around a bit, with his stick catching Phaneuf in the teeth on the way around. Ouch.
First period, 9:35, 0-0: Chris Kelly very impolitely smashes Phil Kessel’s stick into two pieces, and that’s going to get you two minutes in the box almost every time.
Leafs to the power play. The Leafs’ PP has a 17.6 percent success rate, 14th in the NHL. The B’s penalty kill is still best in the NHL at 91.6 percent.
First period, 13:18, 0-0: Not a ton of scoring opportunities either way early on in this one, with each team having three shots at the first TV timeout of the first.
One thing I found interesting was Clarke MacArthur skating toward a puck battle in the corner against Zdeno Chara. Considering Chara has nine inches on MacArthur, the Leafs forward tried the strategy of grabbing Chara’s shoulder and trying to wrestle him off his line. Against anyone else, MacArthur would’ve been penalized for holding, but Chara is Chara, so he just skated through it.
First period, 16:37, 0-0: These Bruins very clearly have each other’s backs.
After Mark Fraser hits Jay Pandolfo dangerously from behind, Adam McQuaid immediately makes him answer. Fraser and McQuaid went at it at center ice, and though Fraser got the better of McQuaid, the Bruins’ D-man more than held his own.
First period, 20:00: The puck’s been dropped, and this one’s under way.
7:10 p.m.: Puck drop is a little late tonight, but for good reason. Living legend Milt Schmidt was honored and dropped the ceremonial first puck. The man has done everything you could ever hope to do in the sport of hockey, and he just turned 95 years old on Tuesday.
7 p.m.: Just minutes from faceoff, here are your starters for tonight:
Clarke MacArthur-Nazem Kadri-Leo Komarov
Dion Phaneuf-Carl Gunarsson
Jay Pandolfo-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid
6:43 p.m.: We got what was expected — Khudobin in net, Pandolfo on the third line with Kelly and Peverley.
The puck drops in 20 minutes.
6:20 p.m.: Hello out there, we’re on the air, it’s hockey night tonight!
In honor of the late Stompin’ Tom Connors, what better way to start this one off?
The Bruins are back home after losing in overtime at Washington the other night, losers of two straight games for the first time all season. They’ll host the Maple Leafs, who are riding a three-game winning streak, their second of three or more this season.
The two teams will be out for warmups soon, so keep it here for any and all lineup updates. We’re expecting to see Anton Khudobin in net for Boston and Jay Pandolfo on the third line with Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley, but we’ll know more shortly.