For the first time all season the Bruins put in a full 60-minute effort and picked up their second straight win (also for the first time this season) by defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-0.
Tim Thomas stopped all 25 shots he saw for his first shutout of the season, the win was the Bruins second of the year against the Northeast division leading Toronto Maple Leafs. Despite the perfect play of Thomas, the real story in this one was Tyler Seguin.
The 19-year-old Seguin recorded his first career NHL hat trick, and connected for the only Bruins power play goal of the night. A hat trick is always a special moment, but doing so in his hometown of Toronto in front of his friends and family was icing on the cake for Seguin.
“It’s good, you don’t think about it too much, obviously I was a Leafs fan growing up all my life, can’t really lie about that, so to get a hat trick against them is something pretty cool” said Seguin. “I’ll obviously remember this for a while, it’s my first one against the Leafs and in the end it’s a great night by all of us.”
Milan Lucic lit the lamp twice and added an assist for a three point night. Since registering just one point in his first six games, Lucic has caught fire with 10 points (six goals) in his last six games.
Gregory Campbell and David Krejci who also had two assists rounded out the scoring for the Bruins.
The Bruins came out buzzing from start to finish and took the game over with Seguin’s power play tally in the first, a goal that gave the B’s the edge they needed, but despite the blow out win, Bruins head coach Claude Julien thought his team could have been better.
“Yeah like I said, that was a big goal, it gave us the momentum we needed and we built from there on in. The only thing I thought our team struggled with at times was puck management, now it wasn’t great ice out there, a lot of jumping pucks, but our puck management could of have been better, but we fought through it and I thought in the third period for a team that had a big lead like that I thought we played well. We stuck with the concept of what we wanted to do and we got rewarded a little more” said Julien.
For the second straight game against the former Bruin, the black and gold held Phil Kessel, the NHL’s leading scorer off the score sheet.
The Bruins return to the ice Monday night when they host the New York Islanders.