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Saturday night the Boston Bruins took on the Toronto Maple Leafs, and anyone with a brain would know that every match-up between the two is an exciting one. There has been a rivalry brewing between these two teams, especially ever since the Bruins incredible comeback against the Leafs in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. I mean, it was 4-1 after-all.
The first goal of the game came very early in the first period, which was tucked-in by Bruins leading goal scorer Patrice Bergeron, who has been playing some of his best hockey as of late. Bergeron is arguably the leading contender for the Frank J. Selke trophy, and if won this year, he will have won the Selke trophy for three consecutive years. And if you don’t think he should win it, shut-up because you’re wrong.
Shortly after Bergeron’s goal, in a familiar trend, the Bruins defense allowed players too deep in front of the net while the defense was out of position, leading to a goal from Leo Komarov, burying his own rebound to notch the game 1-1 for the Leafs.
The Bruins were playing their typical heavy-hitting game, but after solid-contact from Zac Rinaldo, Rich Clune decided to drop the gloves. The win for the fight will likely go to Clune, as he got more punches in and had the takedown, but take a look at the hit that led to the fight.
this is the hit Rinaldo was paying for pic.twitter.com/0GMDaIekak
— Stephanie (@myregularface) January 17, 2016
That’s the hit Rinaldo had to respond to. That hit apparently warranted a fight. But because it’s Rinaldo, every fight is warranted, right? Not exactly. I understand that Rinaldo is a pest and, at times, has goon intentions. However his reputation has been tainted over the years, so it will never matter whether or not he’s changed his style of hockey – kicking his ass will always be fun to watch for opposing fans. And honestly, that’s a relatively difficult position to be in as a player.
After the fight, Tuukka Rask made the greatest save of the game by completely robbing Peter Holland, which initially looked like a sure goal.
Not much happened in the final frames of the first period, however Bergeron, once again, proved the fact that he is the most perfect person on the earth with a beautiful tip-in-front goal putting the Bruins up 2-1. His goal inspired a hashtag that I’ll probably be using from now on – #ThatsMyFutureCaptain.
Around the 12 minute mark of the second period, Rask once again made his presence known after absolutely demolishing Leafs forward, and former Bruin Brad Boyes.
Tuukka Smash https://t.co/RMhlYxqrZP
— Mother of Dragons (@czech_mate46) January 17, 2016
Hey Ryan Miller, that’s how you go about skating out of the crease, making contact and not getting lit-up due to the stupidity of your own decision. I mean seriously, this is a debate that still pisses me off. Miller just stood there like an innocent puppy. The Lucic train doesn’t stop in its tracks for innocent puppies, Miller. As a matter of fact, there’s not a damn train in the world that would stop in its tracks for a puppy. Now I’m getting carried away.
Late in the second period, Shawn Matthias scored for the Leafs to tie the game 2-2. The goal came after a non-call penalty, as Zdeno Chara was tripped-up by Tyler Bozak’s stick. But missed-calls happen, so there’s not too much to complain about here.
The third period was a thriller. Brad Marchand scored a goal on a beautiful feed from Bergeron to give the Bruins a 3-2 lead. The goal was short-lived, however, as a very smart coaches challenge from Mike Babcock and the Leafs set-back the Bruins to 2-2.
Shortly after Marchands no-goal, the Leafs almost had a goal of their own. Tuukka Rask was about as far out of the crease as you can get, which left the net wide-open for P.A. Parenteau. However, Bruins defenseman Torey Krug covered the net and made a ridiculous save to keep the game tied.
— Jonathan Boeri (@BadLuckBoeri) January 17, 2016
Krug’s save became the save of the game, as moments later Brad Marchand scored the game winning goal in the last minutes of the game on a blatant give-away from Leafs goaltender Johnathan Bernier.
The Bruins will be heading in to Tuesday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens having won two games in a row.