TORONTO The Battle for first place on Wednesday was won by the Boston Bruins.
The catch: there will be another one Saturday night at TD Garden against the very same Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Bs got some timely offense from slumping scorers like David Krejci and Milan Lucic, and ended up taking away a 6-3 victory over Toronto at the Air Canada Center to take a one point lead in the Northeast Division. The win gives Boston a 12-0-1 record in the month of November that becomes their first month of hockey without a regulation loss since January of 1969.
The ultimate game-winner went to unlikely hero Benoit Pouliot, who just keeps coming up with big plays in clutch situations for the Black and Gold. Pouliots score originally looked like an insurance tally in the third period when he snaked through traffic to go top shelf on a Joe Corvo pass from behind the net, but it became the difference-maker when Matt Frattin scored on a bad angle goal from behind the net.
It was a goal that might go down as the weakest one allowed by Tim Thomas this season, but it didnt stop him from extending his career-best winning streak to nine games with the victory.
Lucic opened things up when he evened up the score in the first period with a power play strike, and both Krejci and Zdeno Chara followed with goals that had handed Boston a one-goal lead heading into the third. That set up Pouliot as the third line hero once again, and made one of Bostons bottom-six forwards the difference-maker yet again in a big game.
Lucic added his second goal of the night as an insurance marker in the third period, and Brad Marchand tossed in an empty-netter for good measure.