Last Minute Goal Lifts Boston over the Maple Leafs in Thrilling Matchup

To say this game felt like a playoff game is an understatement.  The crowd was electrifying and the Bs were ready to roll.  After the shutout by the Kraken last Thursday, the Boston Bruins were not going to go back-to-back losses at the Garden and it showed. 

As Boston’s A.J. Greer put it so eloquently, “I haven’t played in the playoffs in the NHL, but I can definitely feel it through the building.  It’s Bruins hockey. It’s electric.” 

Even though the Maple Leafs drew first blood, it didn’t take the Bruins long to counter.  After an assist by Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron scored Boston’s first goal and tied the game 1-1 with five minutes left in the first period.

The game was literally back and forth.  Toronto scored first again in the second period, but then David Pastrnak was able to steal the puck and scored tying the game 2-2.

Late in the third period with the score tied 3-3, Matt Grzelcyk scored a goal with only a minute and sixteen seconds left in the game giving the Bruins a 4-3 lead. Try as they must, the Maple Leafs pulled their goalie in a last ditch effort to tie the game and send it into overtime, but time expired and the Boston Bruins are victorious!

Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak, A.J. Greer, and Matt Grzelcyk all scored and Ullmark had 21 saves and 18 blocked shots for the Bruins win last night over Toronto.

We’re proud of not having lost two in a row. There was a purpose to what we were doing – not only because it was a second-place team in Toronto that we were playing, but we don’t want to lose two in a row.

Boston Bruins Coach Jim Montgomery

I don’t blame him.  Boston has been on fire and are having an electrifying year for sure.  They are 33-5-4 for the season and are still holding on the best record in the NHL. 

Boston is on tap to play the Philadelphia Flyers at the TD Garden tomorrow, Monday, January 16 at 1:00pm EST.

Sources: AP News/NHL | ESPN/NHL