Leafs fall to Bruins
TORONTO—The Boston Bruins—in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons the previous night—stuck to hockey yesterday.
Minus the suspended Shawn Thornton, awaiting his punishment for a red mist that saw him send Penguins’ defenceman Brooks Orpik to hospital on Saturday, the injury-ravaged Bruins rallied to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 on the strength of three second-period goals.
The Bruins’ tough guy is suspended pending a league hearing into his sucker-punch attack.
For Iginla, yesterday’s game was a chance for the Bruins to get back to their game.
“It was [good],” he said, choosing his words carefully. “Just to get the focus on just winning a game and playing.
“Because, yeah, it was pretty emotional,” he admitted. “Everybody felt that from [Saturday] night.”
Thanks to the ugly, violent win over Pittsburgh, the Bruins (20-8-2) also were without the injured Loui Eriksson and Chris Kelly, among others.
Defencemen Adam McQuaid and Johnny Boychuk already were sidelined with earlier injuries.
And the Bruins’ defensive woes were intensified yesterday when Dougie Hamilton exited after the first period with a lower-body injury after a collision with Leafs’ blueliner Carl Gunnarsson.
Boston coach Claude Julien said Hamilton was to return home today for medical evaluation, but was hopeful Boychuk might be close to returning to the lineup in his absence during the remaining three games of the Canadian road trip.
Peter Holland and Jay McClement scored for Toronto (16-12-3) before an announced crowd of 19,165.
“The first period it seemed like we had our legs, we were doing a lot of things,” noted Toronto coach Randy Carlyle.
“Then we take the one penalty and their [tying] goal kind of flattened us, and the next thing you know we’re killing [a penalty] again right after,” he remarked.
“And it was bang-bang—all of a sudden they scored two goals and the life went out of our hockey club.”
Elsewhere in the NHL, Vancouver beat Colorado 3-1, Minnesota downed San Jose 3-1, Washington upended the N.Y. Rangers 4-1, and Chicago dumped Florida 6-2.