Leafs can’t find offence in loss against Bruins

Leafs scorers: Smith (2)
Bruins scorers: Bergeron (29), Chara (9), Beleskey (14)
Goalies: Rask (Win) 60:00 minutes played, 1 GA, 25 saves, Bernier (Loss), 57:20 minutes played, 2GA, 30 saves

With nine games remaining in the regular season, the Leafs were hoping they could find themselves on the winning side of an Original Six match up against the Boston Bruins on Saturday evening.

As the game got underway, both teams were trading chances early, but found it difficult to generate any real scoring opportunities. With shots even on both sides as the period neared its final minutes, the Leafs struck first on a goal from Ben Smith.

But the lead wouldn’t last long, as they encountered some penalty trouble to start the second period. It took Patrice Bergeron less than three minutes to tie the game. Things seemed to go from bad to worse when Zdeno Chara put the Bruins ahead just four minutes after Bergeron’s tying goal.

As the two teams headed into the final frame, the Leafs battled to get the puck out of their zone and were struggling in their attempts to even the score. With the Bruins still holding the lead as the game wound down, the Leafs pulled Jonathan Bernier for the extra man in the final two minutes. But with time set to expire, PA Parenteau headed to the box after tripping up Lee Stempniak, negating the man advantage. It wasn’t long before the Bruins easily scored an empty-netter, sealing a 3-1 victory to the delight of the large amount of Bruins fans in attendance. Frustrations reached a boiling point after the final whistle with several players engaging in fisticuffs before being sent off to their respective dressing rooms.

The Leafs will take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in Florida on Monday evening.