The Boston Bruins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 in a shootout on Thursday night at TD Garden.
Jake DeBrusk and Charlie Coyle scored on the Bruins’ first two attempts in the shootout, then goaltender Jeremy Swayman stopped Auston Matthews to secure the win. Swayman stopped 33 of 35 shots overall (.943).
Goals were hard to come by in the early-going, but late in the first period, the Bruins got a dynamic play from an unlikely source. Defenseman Brandon Carlo channeled his inner Charlie McAvoy as he carried the puck down the wall, then found a seam for a centering feed to Pavel Zacha, who redirected the puck into the net to make it 1-0 Bruins.
Zacha has now scored a goal in three straight games, and four in his last five. He’s up to four goals and seven points in 10 games. Meanwhile, Bruins rookie defenseman Mason Lohrei made the initial pass to Carlo to pick up the secondary assist, his first career NHL point.
Pavel Zacha opens the scoring for Boston with just over a minute to play in the first period 🐻 pic.twitter.com/DbVJ8qGXpY— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) November 3, 2023