Caron, Seguin lead Bruins past Maple Leafs 5-4

The Associated Press
Posted March 06, 2012, at 10:33 p.m.

TORONTO — Jordan Caron and Tyler Seguin scored two goals each and Boston beat Toronto 5-4 Tuesday night for the Bruins’ fifth win against the Maple Leafs this season.

Chris Kelly also scored and Tim Thomas stopped 25 shots to help Boston end its two-game skid.

Carl Gunnarsson, John-Michael Liles, Phil Kessel and Mikhail Grabovski scored for the Maple Leafs, who have been outscored 28-10 in the five meetings with the Bruins.

The Leafs played more than half the game with a short bench after losing forwards Joffrey Lupul and Colby Armstrong early in the second period. Lupul appeared to suffer a wrist injury after taking a check from David Krejci while Armstrong was bloodied in a fight with Dennis Seidenberg.

Toronto lost in Randy Carlyle’s home debut four days after he replaced the fired Ron Wilson. After winning his debut at Montreal on Saturday night, the new coach put his team through two lengthy practices with a major point of emphasis trying to get the Leafs to play a more conservative defensive game.

The middle period offered a glimpse of the tougher brand of hockey the Leafs are expected to play under Carlyle, resulting in three fights. However, it also cost Toronto the game.

After Liles put the Leafs ahead 2-1 with a power-play goal at 57 seconds, Boston quickly scored twice. Seguin tipped Zdeno Chara’s shot in at 2:02, and Kelly scored on a rebound past Jonas Gustavsson, who was bumped out of position by a hard-charging Caron, at 2:43.

A 5-on-3 power play allowed the Leafs to tie it, with Kessel getting his 33rd of the season at 9:52.

Boston had another scoring flurry as Caron tapped home a pass from Chara at 13:34 and Seguin converted a one-timer at 14:09 for a 5-3 lead heading to the third period.

Grabovski pulled the Leafs within one as he went in alone and beat Thomas at 13:13, but Toronto Leafs couldn’t tie it again despite getting a two-minute power play late.

Gunnarsson opened the scoring by beating Thomas high with shot at 3:01 of the first period.

Caron tied it with 6:02 to go in the period.

BRUINS NOTEBOOK: The Boston Bruins aren’t overly optimistic Marty Turco will be around for the stretch drive.

One day after signing the veteran goaltender to a free-agent contract, general manager Peter Chiarelli pegged the odds of Turco clearing waivers and joining the Bruins at just “50-50.”

“The fact a goalie like that is available after the trade deadline, we’re fortunate to a certain degree,” Chiarelli said Tuesday before the Bruins played the Maple Leafs. “But there are other teams that need some goaltending help also. I’d say it’s 50-50 that he’ll clear waivers.”

Teams have until 12 p.m. EST Wednesday to put in a claim for Turco. On Monday night, he signed a one-year contract with Boston for a pro-rated salary of $600,000 and had to be placed on the waiver wire because he had only played in Europe this season.

It’s a low-risk rental for the Bruins — or any team that claims him — because the 36-year-old will only be on the roster for a month. Turco is ineligible for the playoffs because he was signed after the Feb. 27 trade deadline.

Prior to signing with Boston, Turco had been playing for EC Red Bull Salzburg in Austria. He also suited up for Canada at the Spengler Cup in December.

“He’s committed to continuing to play in the (NHL),” Chiarelli said. “So the motivation will be there. I spoke with the manager of Salzburg and he said he was in good condition and had some good games — he did quite well.”

Turco, a 10-year NHL veteran, spent last season as a backup with Chicago. He went unsigned during the summer and eventually sought work in Europe.

The Bruins found themselves in need of a backup for starting goalie Tim Thomas after Tuukka Rask suffered a lower abdomen/groin strain during the weekend that will keep him out four to six weeks. The organization’s third goalie, Anton Khudobin, is also on the sidelines with a wrist injury.

Ideally, Boston would like to give Turco at least four or five starts before the end of the season.

“He’ll give us the experience and the type of backup goaltender that we need here going down the stretch,” coach Claude Julien said.

The Bruins are wary of playing Thomas too much. Chiarelli and Julien believe the ideal number of regular-season appearances for the 37-year-old is 55, but he’s on pace to surpass that after playing his 46th game against the Leafs on Tuesday. The Bruins have 17 games to go before the start of the playoffs.

“The history shows it’s important to spell him,” Chiarelli said. “In an ideal situation you want him rested for the playoffs and that’s what we’re trying to do.”

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