The Bruins needed something to turn their frustration around, and it turns out they found it in the rapidly improving Maple Leafs.
While the Leafs and NHL leading scorer Phil Kessel are the toast of the league, the Bruins reminded Toronto and everybody else how dangerous they are in a turn back the clock performance for a 6-2 victory over the Leafs at TD Garden. The Bruins received goals from each of their newly configured top two lines, and showed just how much scoring depth they can have when operating on all cylinders.
The Bruins started off the proceedings with a pair of power play goals in the first period, and tossed everything mentally, physically and emotionally at a Leafs team that still needs to prove plenty over the course of a long season. It appears that Claude Juliens tinkering with the lines also worked as the newly constructed line of Milan Lucic, Chris Kelly and Tyler Seguin had a pair of five-on-five goals while Patrice Bergeron added his first strike of the season.
Lucic and Nathan Horton had their line broken up headed into Thursday nights game and both players came away with goals. Andrew Ference tied a career-high with three assists all collected in the first period, and Chris Kelly, Zdeno Chara, Ference, Seguin, Lucic all finished with multiple point nights after starting the night dead last in the NHL in goals per game.
Tyler Seguin capped off a three-point night with his second goal of the season that made it a five-goal lead late in the third period. Tim Thomas made 25 saves in a quietly effective effort that included several big stops in the second period when the game was still in question.