7:00 PM EST
March 6, 2012
Maple Leafs (26-17-5)
|33 ( 12 - 13 - 8 )||Shots on Goal||29 ( 7 - 9 - 13 )|
|0 - 2||Power Play||2 - 5|
|23 (45.1%)||Faceoffs Won||28 (54.9%)|
NHL Game Summary - Boston at Toronto
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Tyler Seguin scored twice during Boston's four- goal second period, as the Bruins held off the Maple Leafs, 5-4, at Air Canada Centre.
Jordan Caron also scored twice and added an assist, while Tim Thomas made 25 saves to help halt the Bruins' two-game slide.
John-Michael Liles and Phil Kessel both scored on the power play for Toronto, which fell to 0-5 against the Northeast Division leaders this season. Jonas Gustavsson allowed five goals on 33 shots in defeat.
"You've got enough goals to win the hockey game," said Toronto head coach Randy Carlyle. "It's the defensive aspect of it that needs to be improved upon."
Mikhail Grabovski, who signed a five-year, $27.5 million contract extension Monday night, cut the Leafs' deficit to 5-4 with 6:47 remaining in the contest when he snuck behind Boston's defense, corralled Clarke MacArthur's outlet pass and netted his 21st goal of the season.
The hosts were unable to capitalize on a pair of power play chances after the goal, however, eventually losing for the seventh time in eight games.
"We worked hard tonight," said Thomas.
Toronto defenseman Carl Gunnarsson scored on a wrister from between the circles three minutes into the game, only to be answered by Caron's chip-in from in front at the 13:58 mark of the opening period.
Liles scored on a rebound 57 seconds into the second, but Seguin and Chris Kelly lit the lamp 41 seconds apart a little later to give Boston its first lead. Seguin redirected a shot from a charging Zdeno Chara at 2:02, and Kelly put in a rebound on the next shift.
Toronto capitalized on a two-man advantage midway through the frame, as Kessel's wrister from the left circle trickled past Thomas.
But Chara fed Caron with a brilliant cross-ice feed for an easy tip-in at the 13:34 mark, and Seguin's one-timer less than three minutes later proved to be the difference.