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BSJ Game Report: Bruins 3, Maple Leafs 2 – Sean Kuraly, Tuukka Rask help Boston outlast Leafs on road

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Everything you need to know from the Bruins’ 3-2 win over the Maple Leafs in quickie form, with BSJ insight and analysis:

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Bruins proving they can hang with big guns in East: It’s a shame that both the Bruins and Leafs aren’t going to meet again for the remainder of the 2018-19 regular season. But after that frantic final pushback by Toronto in the closing minutes of regulation, perhaps it’s best for all of our cardiac health if these two Original Six clubs hold off for a bit. Still, after suffering a disappointing loss on home ice to the Capitals on Thursday, what a response by the B’s to take the season series against a loaded Toronto club. It took some massive performances from players like Sean Kuraly and Tuukka Rask, but you can’t overlook a club that managed to clinch six out of a possible eight points against the Leafs. Boston still has an uphill battle in the Atlantic (with Tampa Bay continuing to obliterate the competition at the summit) and there are issues that still need to be addressed, but a win like that shows that this Bruins club has the moxie to hold its own once the Stanley Cup Playoffs arrive.

Sean Kuraly has been a force on the wing: He’s set to give up that fishbowl helmet once Boston returns from the bye week, but Sean Kuraly should be doing everything in his power to keep that shield on for the foreseeable future. Since moving over to the wing in early December, Kuraly has injected new life into a fourth line with Noel Acciari and Chris Wagner, using his speed to his advantage as the first man in on the forecheck while capitalizing on a couple of solid looks down low. Already boasting a pair of game-winning goals during Boston’s recent 6-1 stretch, Kuraly once again came up big when the Bruins needed a forward to answer the call, recording a career-high three points (one goal, two assists) in Saturday's win. Impressive stuff.

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