Leafs win four straight as McElhinney Shines in Beantown

TOR@BOS W 4-1

  The Maple leafs were in Beantown Saturday night to play the return leg of a home and home with the Bruins. its was the third game in a row that they had to play without the franchise, Auston Matthews and their fourth game in six days. Both teams switched goalies from the previous game meaning Curtis McElhinney was in net for the Leafs.

 Toronto got out to a great start at 8:52 of the first as Marner scored his second goal of the season(his only other goal came in the first game). The goal was produced on a errant pass that came to Marner right in the slot and Mitchell made no mistake on the wrist shot. 

  Then at 14:16 JVR tied Matthews for the team lead in goals. The goal came on the Power-play and it was a tip in that is becoming a normal feature of how the Leafs have played of late. Boston added a goal and after one period of feisty hockey it was 2-1 to the good.

 The 2nd period produced no scoring but it was entertaining none the less. With a lot of little battles especially between the to players wearing #47. Tory Krug and Leo Komarov. 

  Matt Martin tried to lay a perfect open ice hit but a Bruin player but the Boston player ducked and got crunched hard, also hurting Martin on the play. Every shift after that the Bruins players were all trying to fight Matt Martin who finally obliged. It wasn’t much of a fight and it was obvious that Martin didn’t want to fight but felt he had no other option.

  In the third period it seemed like the referees were trying to let the Bruins back into it. The Leafs got called for 3 cheese penalty’s including a 5-on-3 for Boston for over a minute. Boston didn’t get called for the same calls that Toronto was going to the box for. Toronto did however add a goal after killing the 5-on-3. It was off a bad Boston line change where only four Bruins were on the ice. By the time they realized and added a player, the puck was already coming off Morgan Reilly’s stick and into the net. Patrick Marleau added an empty net goal after Komarov did a lot of great defensive zone work and finally chipped it ahead to Connor Brown who skated along the boards and passed it to the empty net were Marleau tipped it in.

  The Leafs allowed 40 shots on goal. Although they were not all quality it is still concerning. If Curtis McElhinney didn’t shine and steal the two points the Leafs could be headed to their mini four day break with a loss under their belt. Instead they are now winners of four straight and three without their best player. Hopefully a couple of days off will allow Auston Matthews time to get fit enough to return. It’s difficult too say since we don’t know exactly what’s wrong.

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