Kevan Miller ripped a slap shot from the point late in the second period to lift the Boston Bruins over the Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-2.
Miller’s goal proved to be the game-winner as the Boston Bruins left Air Canada Centre with another win on their shoulders. Impressively, this was the fourth career game he was playing in. Torey Krug, defenseman metioned, “it was great. Anytime you can help contribute to a team win it’s a lot of fun.” Miller found his opportunity to see the ice when defensemen Adam McQuaid and Johnny Boychuk were scratched from the roster due to injuries. He has no doubt proved why he deserves to be a Bruin.
The Maple Leafs conducted the first goal of the game mid-way through the first period. The Bruins scored goal after goal in the second period, without Toronto scoring once in the period. Boston scored two power play goals within two minutes from Carl Soderberg (5:14) and Torey Krug (6:47). To top off the period, Miller added his goal later on.
Going into the third period, the B’s seemed to have collected the momentum, dominating in shots 27-19.
However, the Maple Leafs were not out of this game whatsoever. 37 seconds into the third period, Jay McClement cut the lead to one. Jarome Iginla increased the Bruins lead late in the period with a tip-in assisted by Milan Lucic. In an effort to secure the victory, Patrice Bergeron scored an empty net goal.
Chad Johnson had a solid performance in net for the Bruins. He concluded the night with an impressive .938 save percentage following 30 saves off 32 shots.
The Bruins as a whole unit finished the game strong. In the defensive end, the team blocked a total of 23 shots to assist Johnson in the win. Defenseman Dennis Seidenberg and forward Milan Lucic led the team to victory. Lucic assisted on two of the five goals. Seidenberg and captain Zdeno Chara impressively blocked six shots a piece. Before the game, the team had won seven of its previous 10 games, while Toronto was .500 in their previous 10 games.
Staying in Canada, the Bruins will head farther west Tuesday, Dec. 10, to play the Calgary Flames in Alberta at 9:30 p.m. EST. After the Flames game, the team will continue on their Canadian journey, competing against the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 9:30 p.m. EST and the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday, Dec. 14, 10:00p.m. EST.