Tuesday night did not come with the statement that the Bruins wanted to make, as the team surrendered six goals in a 6-4 loss to the Maple Leafs at TD Garden.
In an opening period where the Bruins struggled to find their footing, the Leafs struck for three goals on 11 shots, with a pair of their goals highlighted by misplays from Bruins defenseman Connor Clifton.
On Toronto’s first goal, Clifton sent a pass to nowhere, where Jason Spezza retrieved it and Colin Blackwell for Blackwell’s first goal in a Maple Leaf sweater. And on the Maple Leafs’ third goal, Clifton’s shot was blocked by Alex Kerfoot, and sent Kerfoot on a breakaway towards Jeremy Swayman to make it 3-1 Leafs with 1:16 remaining in the first period of play.
The Maple Leafs would add another three, this time in a 8:19 stretch in the second period, and almost carried a 6-1 edge into the second intermission until Jake DeBrusk brought the B’s back within four with a goal at the 18:19 mark of the frame.
The B’s did try to make it a game with third-period tallies from Curtis Lazar and Taylor Hall, but the four-goal hole proved to be too deep to dig out of, as the B’s saw their four-game win streak come to an end.
Swayman was lifted through 40 minutes of action after allowing six goals on 25 shots, which gave Linus Ullmark the final 20 minutes of action. Meanwhile, in Toronto’s net, Petr Mrazek was replaced after just 7:44 of action after suffering a groin injury. With Mrazek out, and Jack Campbell unavailable, Erik Kallgren stepped into goal for the Leafs, and stopped 23-of-26 in net.
The victory was the Maple Leafs’ first regular-season win on Boston ice since Nov. 11, 2017.
The Bruins will continue their homestand Thursday night against the Devils.