December 4, 2023


Jake DeBrusk celebrates with Charlie Coyle, Kevin Shattenkirk, and Hampus Lindholm after scoring within the second interval. AP Photograph/Steven Senne

BOSTON (AP) — Jake DeBrusk and Charlie Coyle scored within the shootout and the Boston Bruins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 on Thursday night time.

DeBrusk and Paval Zacha scored in regulation for the Bruins, who lead the Jap Convention with a 9-0-1 document. Jeremy Swayman made 33 saves.

Mitchell Marner and Auston Matthews scored for the Maple Leafs. Ilya Samsonov stopped 38 photographs.

Toronto ahead William Nylander prolonged his season-opening, franchise-record level streak to 10 video games. He was credited with an help on the Maple Leafs aim that tied the sport within the second interval after Boston jumped out to a 2-0 lead.

The Bruins, who haven’t misplaced in regulation this season, opened the scoring at 18:51 of the primary when Charlie Carlo centered a go from the proper circle and Zacha completed within the slot for his third aim in as many video games. Boston defenseman Mason Lohrei, a 22-year-old making his NHL debut, was additionally credited with an help.

Boston doubled its lead within the opening minutes of the second interval when Marchand had the primary probability and DeBrusk scored his first aim of the season.

“I’ve had sluggish begins in my profession earlier than, however it was a way of reduction,” DeBrusk mentioned.

Boston head coach Jim Montgomery mentioned DeBrusk’s efficiency might get the participant again on observe.

“He was buzzing all night time lengthy,” Montgomer mentioned. “That was the JD we noticed final 12 months. Generally, all it takes is for that first one to go in and that monkey is off your again and also you begin being the participant who you might be.”

The momentum then shifted and Toronto evened the rating at 2 heading into the third. Marner made a pleasant transfer to free himself earlier than getting off a wrister that acquired Toronto on the board at 6:31 of the second. The equalizer got here 63 seconds later as a turnover within the Boston zone led to Matthews sending a shot previous Swayman, now 5-0 on the season.

“The best way we bounced again from these second-period targets, it bodes effectively going ahead,” Swayman mentioned. “The 2 fast targets can skewer momentum, however to see us shut out is vital for us.”

The Bruins went to time beyond regulation for the third time in 4 video games and made fast work of the Maple Leafs (5-3-2) within the shootout, as Swayman stopped each photographs he confronted.

“See the puck, cease the puck,” Swayman mentioned when requested about his mindset throughout a shootout. “All of those guys are so good and within the NHL for a purpose. I wished to ensure I acquired good depth and squared the puck.”

Maple Leafs defenseman Timothy Liljegren was dominated out for a return with a decrease physique harm that he sustained on a success from Marchand late within the first interval. After the sport, Toronto head coach Sheldon Keefe is predicted to overlook important time.

Boston performed its first recreation with out No. 1 defenseman Charlie McAvoy, who was suspended 4 video games by the NHL for an unlawful verify to the pinnacle of Florida’s Oliver Ekman-Larsson throughout Monday’s recreation. McAvoy was one among three regulars on the blue line that the Bruins didn’t have, making the efficiency of fill-ins like rookie Lohrei much more spectacular.

“It’s good in your confidence once they preserve calling your quantity to go on the market,” Lohrei mentioned.


Maple Leafs: Host Buffalo on Saturday night time.

Bruins: At Detroit on Saturday night time.