Kessel, Leafs beat Bruins in the third, 4-3


Kessel, Leafs beat Bruins in the third, 4-3

By Danny Picard

BOSTON -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; a:link, span.MsoHyperlink color: blue; text-decoration: underline; a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed color: purple; text-decoration: underline; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; Phil Kessel and Mikhail Grabovski each scored a goal in the final 6 12 minutes of play -- Grabovski with only 1:01 remaining -- to give the Maple Leafs a come-from-behind 4-3 win over the Bruins.

With 6:33 remaining in regulation, and 18 seconds into a power play, Kessel scored his second goal of the night, tying the game at 3-3 after streaking in on an odd-man rush and sliding a shot through Tim Thomas five-hole.

Grabovski added the game-winner, beating Thomas with a wrister to the top-left corner.

Patrice Bergeron had put the Bruins up 3-2 midway through the third period, after swiping a loose puck into the net while being taken down at the right post by Toronto defenseman Dion Phaneuf.

The game went into the third period tied at 2-2, thanks to Gregory Campbells power-play goal with 1:26 left in the second. Campbell tied the game with 10 seconds left on that power play, after he batted a Brad Machand rebound out of mid-air from the left post.

The goal came 14 minutes after Grabovski had given the Maple Leafs a 2-1 lead when he backhanded a puck over a sprawling and out-of-position Thomas, who was tripped down when his left toe got tangled up with Zdeno Charas right skate.

Daniel Paille gave the Bs a 1-0 lead eight minutes into the game, when his attempted pass out front re-directed off the skate of Toronto defenseman Mike Komisarek and into the net.

Kessel tied the game at 1-1 with 2:38 left in the first period, after he took a swing at a loose puck in mid-air, following Thomas blocker save on Dion Phaneuf. Kessel took a hack at the puck from the left post and scored his first goal against the Bruins since being traded to the Maple Leafs prior to last season.Danny Picard is on Twitter at http:twitter.comDannyPicard. You can listen to Danny on his streaming radio show I'm Just Sayin' Monday-Friday from 9-10 a.m. on

Haggerty's Morning Skate: Two AHL teams recreate Slap Shot on the movie's anniversary

Haggerty's Morning Skate: Two AHL teams recreate Slap Shot on the movie's anniversary

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while so glad to see Dave Strader getting the play-by-play call in this afternoon’s national NBC broadcast of Stars and Bruins from Dallas.
-- Jeremy Roenick weighs in with some trade possibilities involving Avalanche and Blues players in what could be a blockbuster at the deadline.
-- Antoine Vermette acknowledges his wrongdoing in making a statement about his 10-game suspension for slashing an official, but feels like the punishment was too severe.
-- Don Cherry wishes a happy 40th anniversary to Slap Shot while wearing a Charleston Chiefs jersey as he hosts Coaches Corner.
-- Speaking of Slap Shot, what an Old Time Hockey fight between the AHL's Iowa Wild and Chicago Wolves. It spilled into the hallway afterward . . . that’s when things get real.

-- I've been asked multiple times about the white Boston hat David Pastrnak is always wearing in the Bruins dressing room, so here it is.

 -- Here’s all the Dallas Stars info you need ahead of this afternoon’s 11:30 a.m. local start in Dallas for the Stars and Bruins.

-- PHT writer Cam Tucker has Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning indicating that the mumps outbreak for his team won’t impact the trade deadline.
-- For something completely different: the headline seems a little click baity to me, but I’ll read about anything involving Homer Simpson and the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Haggerty's NHL Power Rankings: So long, Wings' streak


Haggerty's NHL Power Rankings: So long, Wings' streak

The Washington Capitals remain on top, but it's time to recognize the Red Wings' 25-year playoff streak that will come to an end this spring.