Bruins use three-goal second period to rip Maple Leafs

Boston Bruins defenseman Matt Barykowski chases the puck as Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Nikolai Kulemin applies pressure at the Air Canada Centre Sunday night in Toronto. The Bruins won 5-2.
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Boston Bruins defenseman Matt Barykowski chases the puck as Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Nikolai Kulemin applies pressure at the Air Canada Centre Sunday night in Toronto. The Bruins won 5-2.
Posted Dec. 08, 2013, at 10:17 p.m.

TORONTO — Center Carl Soderberg scored a goal and added an assist during a three-goal second period as the Boston Bruins defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 on Sunday.

Defensemen Torey Krug and Kevan Miller and right winger Jarome Iginla and center Patrice Bergeron also scored for the Bruins (20-8-2), who won their second game in a row and their fourth in the past five games. Left winger Milan Lucic and center David Krejci each added two assists for Boston.

Center Peter Holland had a goal and an assist while center Jay McClement added a goal for the Maple Leafs (16-12-3), who had a two-game winning streak snapped.

Bruins goaltender Chad Johnson stopped 30 shots. Jonathan Bernier stopped 35 shots in the Toronto goal.

The Maple Leafs cut the Bruins lead to 3-2 at 37 seconds into the third period when McClement scored his first goal of the season on a rebound.

But Iginla jammed home a pass from Lucic at 16:00 of the third period for his sixth goal of the season. Bergeron scored on an empty net with 11 seconds left in the game for his ninth goal of the season.

The Bruins used a couple of quick power-play goals in the second to erase Toronto’s 1-0 first-period lead and tacked on an even-strength goal before the period ended to take a two-goal lead.

Soderberg tied it with his fourth goal of the season at 5:14 of the second period from close range with right winger Carter Ashton off on a delay-of-game minor for knocking the puck over the glass.

Krug scored his eighth of the season at 6:47, a slap shot from just beyond the right faceoff circle to make it 2-1 with defenseman Carl Gunnarsson serving a holding penalty.

Johnson made a big save on a shot from point-blank range by Maple Leafs defenseman Cody Franson at 12:48. Boston took a 3-1 lead at 15:58 of the second when Miller scored his first goal of the season on a wrist shot from the right point after Soderberg won a faceoff in the Toronto zone.

The Maple Leafs took the lead when Holland scored his third goal of the season at 12:20 of the first period, pouncing on a loose puck and banking it in off Johnson after a shot from defenseman Jake Gardiner.

The Bruins lost defenseman Dougie Hamilton to an apparent leg injury after a collision with Gunnarsson during the first period and he did not return.

NOTES: Bruins RW Shawn Thornton was not with the team as he awaits a hearing with the league after he pulled down Penguins D Brooks Orpik and punched him in the face several times while he was on the ice Saturday in Boston’s 3-2 win. … Bruins C Chris Kelly (ankle fracture) was placed on long-term injured reserve and D Adam McQuaid (lower body) was put on injured reserve. RW Matt Fraser and C Ryan Spooner were promoted from AHL Providence on emergency recall. … The Bruins also were without D Johnny Boychuk (back) and LW Loui Eriksson (concussion). … Toronto was without C Tyler Bozak (oblique), C Dave Bolland (ankle), LW Joffrey Lupul (groin) and RW Colton Orr (elbow). … The game against the Bruins was the first Sunday regular-season home game for the Maple Leafs since they lost 5-2 to the Nashville Predators on Feb. 23, 2003.

Blackhawks 6, Panthers 2

CHICAGO — The Blackhawks snapped a season-high, three-game losing streak with a dominating 6-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Sunday, but not all went right for Chicago at the United Center.

Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford, who came into the game leading NHL goalies with 17 wins, suffered a lower body injury and left with 6:15 remaining in the first period.

With the Blackhawks (21-6-5) ahead 2-0 at that point, Crawford stopped a shot by Florida’s Marcel Goc and then fell flat to the ice, unable to get up without assistance. It appeared that his right leg buckled under him.

Crawford was helped off the ice but went to the locker room under his own power, skating and walking very slowly and deliberately. The team announced early in the second period that Crawford would not return to the game. He was replaced by rookie Antti Raanta, who stopped 29 of 31 shots the rest of the way.

Crawford earned his 100th career NHL win over the Stars at Dallas on Nov. 30, the Blackhawks’ last win prior to Sunday.

Florida (9-17-5) saw its season-high, two-game winning streak end.

The Blackhawks took quick advantage of the first penalty of the game, scoring on the power play just 13 seconds after Florida right winger Tomas Kopecky was sent to the penalty box for interference.

Left winger Patrick Sharp scored his 12th goal of the season just 1:10 into the game, putting the Blackhawks ahead 1-0. Center Jonathan Toews and right winger Patrick Kane assisted on the score.

The Blackhawks increased their lead to 2-0 at 9:11 in the first period — again on the power play — on defenseman Brent Seabrook’s second goal of the season.

In the first minute of the second period, Sharp looked as if he would have his second goal of the game. Instead, his slap shot bounced off Florida goalie Scott Clemmensen and right onto the stick of right winger Marian Hossa, who easily scored at 0:37, making it a 3-0 margin.

 

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