Boston Bruins

  • Saturday’s road trip finale in Toronto marked the end of a white-hot run for the Bruins, as the team saw their seven-game win streak snapped by way of a 2-1 loss to Auston Matthews and the Maple Leafs.

    It was indeed the Matthews show in Toronto, too, as the Maple Leaf superstar scored both Leaf goals, while the Black and Gold’s lone marker in the losing effort came on a Brad Marchand penalty shot marker.

    With the loss, the Bruins dropped to 10-2-0 on the year, and are officially unable to tie the 2007-08 Senators for the best start in league history (the Sens started that year with 13 wins in their first 14 games of the season).

  • In a one-goal hole through 20 minutes of action after Matthews’ net-front tuck on the right-side of Linus Ullmark’s cage in the opening frame, Marchand’s penalty-shot opportunity on Toronto’s Ilya Samsonov came following TJ Brodie’s trip on the Boston wing, and opened the door for Marchand’s fourth goal of the season.

  • The goal improved Marchand to 6-for-9 in penalty shots in his career, which moved him into a tie with Penguins legend Mario Lemieux for the second-most penalty-shot goals in league history.

    Only the legendary Pavel Bure has scored more penalty-shot goals than Marchand and Lemieux, with seven.

    The goal was also good for the 800th point of Marchand’s NHL career, making him just the seventh player in franchise history to record at least 800 points with the franchise. Marchand joins a group that features Bobby Orr, Rick Middleton, Patrice Bergeron, Phil Esposito, Johnny Bucyk, and Ray Bourque.

  • But the Leafs countered Marchand’s goal with yet another Matthews goal, this one scored with 5:53 remaining in the middle frame, and on the man advantage.

    It was the first road power-play goal allowed by the Bruins this season.

  • In pursuit of a third-period comeback for the second time in three games, there was no denying the fact that the Jim Montgomery’s Bruins had their chances to claw back into a tie game in the third period.

    And no stretch presented a greater opportunity for the Bruins to get back into this game than a sequence that saw them have two power-play chances in just under five minutes following calls on John Tavares and Rasmus Sandin. But the Bruins failed to get the puck to settle down on their sticks, and failed to capitalize. They even failed at landing a single one of their shots on the Leafs’ Erik Kallgren during that power-play heavy span.

    In net, Kallgren and Samsonov combined for a 20-of-21 performance, as Kallgren was forced to relieve Samsonov for the third period of play following Samsonov’s departure with an apparent knee injury. Samsonov, who played 40 minutes, certainly looked a bit awkward on his attempted save on Marchand’s penalty shot.

  • Feb 3, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Boston Bruins center David Krejci (46) against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports

    Feb 3, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Boston Bruins center David Krejci (46) against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

  • On the lineup front, B’s center David Krejci returned to action after missing the previous three games with an upper-body injury. Krejci recorded two shots, a hit, and a blocked shot in 17:03 of time on ice.

    With Krejci back, Jakub Lauko sat as Boston’s healthy scratch up front.

    And on the backend, Anton Stralman took a seat for Jakub Zboril.

    The Bruins have now dropped nine of their last 11 games on Toronto ice.

    Montgomery and the Bruins will return to action Monday night at home against the Blues.