Here are 15 thoughts after the third period with the Bruins raking the Toronto Maple Leafs by a 4-2 score after 60 minutes at TD Garden.
1) Good scrap by Adam McQuaid/Mark Fraser after Fraser nailed Jay Pandolfo with a hit into the side boards. McQuaid and Fraser traded blows with the Toronto tough guy getting the better end of the tilt. Still haven’t seen McQuaid really go berserk in a fight this season, and you have to wonder if his shoulder/neck/arm still isn’t quite at full strength after the blood clot surgery. Fraser got the slight nod in the bout and he’s a tough customer – so perhaps that’s all it was during the hockey fight.
2) The Bergeron/Seguin/Marchand line continues to be Boston’s best with a goal in the final minute of the first period. Marchand wrestled the puck away from big Toronto defenseman Korbinian Holzer, and that turned into a Tyler Seguin drive to the net. Ben Scrivens made the initial save, but Patrice Bergeron stuffed home the rebound for his sixth goal and team-leading 19th point of the season.
3) The third line can’t buy a goal. Jay Pandolfo nearly scored after firing off a wrister from the slot, but Ben Scrivens was able to get a piece of the puck with his glove. Chris Kelly shoveled the rebound at the net that bounced off the near post, and Rich Peverley couldn’t settle the rolling puck on the other side of the net. Good shift, but they just can’t buy a goal right now.
4) Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci and Rich Peverley have won 10-of-13 face-offs in the first period, and are thoroughly dominating the Maple Leafs pivots. David Steckel and Nazem Kadri are both being sent to draw school.
5) Good stuff from Anton Khudobin in the first period. Made a good spread out butterfly save on Tyler Bozak near the right post, and kicked out a Phil Kessel shot from the slot that had nicked off Zdeno Chara on it’s way to the net. Ten saves for the No. 1 goaltender of Kazakhstan.
1) David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Tyler Seguin combined for 15 goals against the Maple Leafs in six games last season, and it’s a top six affair against Toronto again this season. Krejci, Seguin and Marchand have the goals for the Bruins as they continue to wait for the third and fourth lines to kick in offensively.
2) How bad is Dion Phaneuf? He got burnt on Tyler Seguin’s rush to the net that set up Patrice Bergeron’s goal and he was way out of position leaving the front of the net on Marchand’s pass to Seguin for Boston’s go-ahead goal. Phaneuf is a minus-2 tonight, and his defensive partner Korbinian Holzer is equally as bad tonight.
3) Three shots and two points for Tyler Seguin tonight including his sixth goal of the season, and both points arrived when No. 19 was charging to the net to make something happen. All good signs that Seguin has really turned the corner in the last few weeks.
4) TSN talking about Carl Soderberg reporting to the Bruins after the Swedish Elite League playoffs are over. Interesting. But I’ll believe the Swedish Mystery Man is coming to Boston when I see it. He is big (6-foot-3, 200-plus pounds) and skilled enough to have scored 30 plus goals in the Swedish Elite League, but does anybody else think this kind of thing could be used as leverage in trade discussions with another team? I guess we’ll see.
5) Three hits and an assist for Andrew Ference on David Krejci’s insurance goal at the end of the second period. Good to see No. 21 putting together a solid game as he’s weathered plenty of criticism about his erratic play during a big contract season for a guy that wants to stay in Boston. Now he needs to just keep it going on a nightly basis for the next couple of months.
1) Rich Peverley on ice for another goal against along with fellow third line member Jay Pandolfo, so Peverley is a team worst minus-9 on the season. The third line managed two shots and zero points tonight. Still not good.
2) David Krejci was popped in the face with a high stick in the defensive end and Colton Orr somehow missed a call for an instigator as a third man in on an incident with Adam McQuaid. Sounds like the Bruins will be angry about the officiating again tonight on their home ice.
3) Really solid game for Zdeno Chara with a plus-2, four shots on net, two hits and three blocked shots. Once again Phil Kessel had two shots on net and was a ghost.
4) The Bruins have won eight straight games against the Maple Leafs. Toronto needs to go back to the drawing board with some of their personnel.
5) Tyler Seguin with an empty netter. He is padding the stats recently and really starting to score in bunches. This is what most people envisioned after his slow start to the season.