Everything you need to know from the Bruins’ 6-3 win over the Maple Leafs in quickie form, with BSJ insight and analysis:
Boston’s offense wakes up: After tallying just six goals in its past four games, Boston’s dormant offense equaled that scoring barrage through 60 minutes of play against the Leafs on Saturday. Sure, Boston’s top line of Brad Marchand, David Krejci and David Pastrnak combined for seven points in the victory, but it was far from the usual suspects that capitalized against Toronto. With Jake DeBrusk out of commission for the weekend, it was Boston’s depth that finally broke through against a Maple Leafs team entering the contest with a six-game point streak. From the start with a rebound goal in front from Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson or a power-play tally from David Backes — Boston has to be encouraged with the play of a number of skaters that have struggled to find their footing so far this season. Add in strong showings from Danton Heinen (one goal, one assist) and Ryan Donato (one goal, one assist) — who showed a willingness to bring the puck down low in Grade-A areas and fight along the boards, and it’s looking like some slumping parts of Boston’s lineup are starting to trend in the right direction.
Things get dangerous late: What should have been a feel-good win for the B’s was marred in the third period when Zach Hyman drilled Charlie McAvoy into the boards a full second after releasing the puck. McAvoy, playing his second game after missing the last seven weeks due to a concussion, did not pay for the remainder of the night, but did rejoin his teammates on the bench during the closing minutes of regulation. Bruce Cassidy noted after the game that McAvoy was cleared, but that the team will be on “pins and needles” to see how he responds Sunday morning. In the fracas that followed, Matt Grzelcyk dropped the gloves with Hyman — with both skaters heading off with matching game misconducts.
Zach Hyman with a late hit on Charlie McAvoy. Matt Grzelcyk drops the gloves with Hyman seconds later. pic.twitter.com/qpxiHCGKRV
— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) December 9, 2018
Minutes later, Chris Wagner dropped the gloves with Ron Hainsey after attempting to drop the Leafs top defenseman, Morgan Rielly, out in open ice. Have to think the Department of Player Safety is going to take a long look at the game film from the third period tonight.
This game is getting ugly. Hainsey stands up for Rielly after Wagner goes hunting. Hainsey's 55 y.o. but I would feel pretty intimidated having him call me on like this. pic.twitter.com/jCJ88Znofc
— Sean Tierney (@ChartingHockey) December 9, 2018