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Bruins Game 16 Recap: How about that Rob Ford guy?

Just a few short months ago the Bruins sent a young and inexperienced Maple Leafs squad packing in spectacular fashion. It was a historic comeback for the franchise and one that will be told of in song for generations to come ect. But that was then and this is now and the two teams met tonight for the first time since Leafs fans filled Lake Ontario with their tears on that warm May evening. Boston was coming off a strong effort against a bad Panthers team and the Leafs were playing their second game in two nights after a shootout win over the Devils, perhaps giving the Bruins a slightly unfair advantage given the circumstances.

But oh well. Boston reversed a trend seen in recent Bruins games and maintained most of the pressure through the first period, while for once their opponents had to lean on their own goaltender to keep themselves in the game. Boston took an early lead when two defenders failed to hold Zdeno Chara back and he finished Jarome Iginla’s scoring drive for the team’s first goal. Toronto tied it up in the second however, and it took a double-minor penalty to James van Riemsdyk for Boston’s normally weak power-play to put another goal in the net in the early part of the third period. Patrice Bergeron was in front of the net with James Reimer sprawled down on the ice to receive a simple pass from Carl Soderberg and dunk the puck for the B’s second lead of the night. Later Bergeron would add an empty-net goal to seal the game and give Boston their second consecutive win at home.

In all fairness this was a tired Leafs team the Bruins were playing, but they still looked like a completely different team than the one that began this homestand. They were strong, forced their opponents back into their own defensive end, and never looked like they were in any real trouble tonight. After a slow start, this game was another positive sign. On the negative side, defenseman Adam McQuaid did leave in the second period with an undisclosed injury, nothing has been revealed about his condition since. At any rate the Bruins’ next game will be on Monday, Veteran’s Day, at 1:00 PM. Be there.

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