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    Quick Hits: Bruins dominate Leafs, but tied 1-1 after 40

    Tim Rosenthal April 4, 2015

    Second period quick hits:

    – Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Patrice Bergeron beats James Reimer. Sure, his latest goal on the Maple Leafs goalie wasn’t as dramatic as a certain Game 7 from 2013, but his 22nd of the season served its purpose as the two-time Selke Award winner gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead just 19 seconds into the middle stanza.

    – At the same time, the B’s are facing a similar problem that they encountered against the Sabres a few weeks ago. Instead of keeping their foot on the gas pedal, they’re allowing a bottom feeding team hang around and it came back to haunt them late in the second when James van Riemsdyk tied things at 1-1 with his 26th of the year. Prior to that, Adam McQuaid, who nearly saved the puck from going over the goal line on JVR’s tally, took an icing leading to the tying goal.

    – The effort is certainly there as the Bruins are once again dominating play, but they can’t find a way to finish. With the Senators leading the Capitals and the Red Wings leading the Wild, the B’s can’t afford to leave two points on the table.

    Second period stats:

    – Bruins had a 12-11 shots on goal advantage in the second and lead 31-17 through two periods.

    – Faceoff wins are even at 18 a piece.

    – Toronto has the third worst win percentage when allowing the first goal at .184 (9-37-3). Boston is 28-8-5 when scoring first.

    First period quick hits:

    – The fourth line has a new look to it tonight as Chris Kelly skates with Max Talbot and Brett Connolly. Daniel Paille and Gregory Campbell (for the first time in his career with the Bruins) are the healthy scratches. Although nothing is set in stone for the rest of the regular season, this could be a sign of the B’s moving away from their fourth line regulars as it receives a fresh look.

    – How did the Kelly-Talbot-Connolly trio look? At first glimpse they were moving their feet, creating chances and cycling the puck on the hapless Leafs. So far, they’ve tallied two shots, two hits and established some solid zone time in the Leafs’ end during the first 20 minutes.

    – After two assists in his Bruins’ debut, Connolly saw some power play time on the second unit during the B’s two chances with the man advantage. He’s taking the spot from David Pastrnak, who actually skated with Kelly and Campbell at the morning skate. In the end, Julien decided to keep Pastrnak with Lucic and Spooner. I’m sure Twitter would’ve had a field day if Kelly-Campbell-Pastrnak happened tonight.

    – It didn’t take long for Zdeno Chara to get his feet wet in this one. Just minutes in, the B’s captain drilled Trevor Smith with a thunderous hit. Smith’s face was full of blood from the effects of the hit. The University of New Hampshire alum will not return to tonight’s game.

    – Basically, the Bruins outplayed the Leafs in every capacity, but couldn’t find a way to get on the scoreboard as James Reimer’s 19 saves keeps things scoreless after 20 minutes.

    First period stats:

    – Shots: Bruins have a 19-6 advantage

    – Surprisingly, the Leafs have a 13-12 advantage from the faceoff dot.

    – Unsurprisingly, with most of the game played in their end, Toronto has more blocked shots as well with an 8-2 advantage over Boston.

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    Tim Rosenthal

    Tim Rosenthal serves as the Managing Editor of Bruins Daily. He started contributing videos to the site in 2010 before fully coming on board during the Bruins' Stanley Cup run in 2011. His bylines over the last decade have been featured on Boston.com, FoxSports.com, College Hockey News, Patch and Inside Hockey. You can follow Tim on Twitter @_TimRosenthal.


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