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Frustration be gone: Bruins punk out Maple Leafs

Oct 20, 2011, 10:15 PM EDT

Chris Kelly, Jonas Gustavsson, Cody Franson AP

After all the frustration and the line changes and the general foul mood in Boston, all it takes is a game and a few goals to get things back on track. Such was the case with the Bruins who saw all of the guys who did very bad things against Carolina stepped up big in beating the Leafs 6-2.

The Bruins got two goals from Zdeno Chara, a goal each for Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton and another quietly brilliant game from Tim Thomas made all the difference for Boston who got the change of pace they were looking for. Helping pour salt in the wounds for Leafs goalie Jonas Gustavsson was none other than Tyler Seguin whose third period goal got the TD Garden crowd fired up chanting, “Thank you, Kessel” for NHL scoring leader and former Bruin Phil Kessel. That grudge is never going to go away as long as the Leafs keep beating Toronto and keeping Kessel off the scoresheet.

It’s a bad game for Toronto and a great one for Boston. Whether this is the one that gets the Bruins’ heads back on straight or not… We’ll see what happens in their next game or two before declaring Chara the smartest guy in the universe for sparking his team or Claude Julien to be a genius for making the changes they needed.

Take a look at Chris Kelly‘s nifty stick and foot work scoring on Gustavsson.

  1. babar61 - Oct 20, 2011 at 10:25 PM

    Shouldn’t they be chanting ” Thank you, Burke”?

    • harborwolf - Oct 20, 2011 at 10:30 PM

      It doesn’t flow as well….

    • cowboys282 - Oct 21, 2011 at 1:53 PM

      It was Kessel who held out that year because of the contract dispute. Thus Kessel forcing the Bruins to trade him. And after all that I would say it worked out pretty well for the Bruins so like we all said last night:

      “Thanks you Kessel”

  2. 8man - Oct 21, 2011 at 4:40 AM

    This is more of what I expected from them. Too much veteran leadership and confidence for this team to not show up and play smart.

  3. derekl1113 - Oct 21, 2011 at 8:34 AM

    Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. They played against a tired team who played the second game of a back-to-back and a terrible backup goalie. I’m happy for the win but to say they are back on track might be going out on a limb.

    And it’s nice to see Lucic contribute- IN A BLOWOUT! That is the only time he scores points. Useless.

    • mgp1219 - Oct 21, 2011 at 1:07 PM

      I couldn’t agree more, especially the part about Lucic. Time to trade him; well, it’s way past the time for that.

      As for not getting too far ahead of ourselves, exactly right, too. All those factors about Toronto certainly didn’t hurt the Bruins, but I still feel they are far better than they have ben playing thus far. They will find their groove. Seguin is feelin’ it and should have a good year, which will help immensely.

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