The Leafs finally defeated their nemesis, the Boston Bruins, for the first time since losing to their Atlantic Division rivals in Game 7 of the playoffs in April. Toronto had dropped the earlier meeting between the two teams this month, but exacted its revenge with a 4-2 win at Scotiabank Arena.

The Good

  • Once again, Frederik Andersen was called upon to be his best between the pipes for the Leafs. The goaltender made 38 saves for he win.
  • Mitch Marner had three assists, including an eye-popping setup on a goal by Igor Ozhiganov. Showing great patience behind the net, Marner dangled the puck on a string until he found an opening to dish the puck to the Leafs defenceman.
  • The goal by Ozhiganov was the first of his NHL career.
  • Josh Leivo had the game-winning goal to give him four tallies on the season, just one shy of his career best that he set in 2015-16
  • Travis Dermott and Zach Hyman also scored for the Leafs, the latter into an empty net.
  • Patrick Marleau was honoured for playing in his 1,600th career NHL game.

The Bad

  • The Leafs left Andersen out to dry in the second period, during which the goalie faced 18 shots on net.
  • Mike Babcock said, “I thought they were better than us in the second period, especially in the first 15 minutes. They had two power plays where we couldn’t clear the puck, we had multiple opportunities to and didn’t. They scored – they didn’t score on the second one but they could have easily scored. I thought it kind of took us a while to recover after that and get playing the way we could.”

The Ugly

  • Toronto must find a way to contain David Pastrnak if it hopes to have any chance of beating Boston, should the two teams face each other in the playoffs for a third time since 2013. The way that Ron Hainsey attempted to defend Pastrnak on the Bruins player’s second goal is not how to do it. For the record, Pastrnak’s two goals on Monday boost his totals to six goals and three assists in the past four regular season games against Toronto. Imagine if that top line had Patrice Bergeron (injured) on it, on this night,

Rob Del Mundo is the author of Off The Post, and is a regular columnist at TMLfans.ca.

In 2016, Rob wrote “Hockey’s Enforcers: A Dying Breed”, now available at Chapters and Indigo stores everywhere.