Bruins vs. Maple Leafs: Lessons from Boston’s three-game winning streak
The Boston Bruins were in a slump after playing three games in four nights against some of the hardest opponents in the NHL, appearing to run out of steam.
A loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs would have been disappointing with a 10-day break looming, but it would have little impact on the Black and Gold’s commanding lead in the league standings.
Instead, during their first multi-game losing run of the year, the Bruins addressed the several issues that surfaced.
A revitalised Boston back-end spearheaded the charge after a week-long slump.
Boston took the lead for the first time in the game at 6:57 and 12:33 of the second period, respectively, thanks to Derek Forbort and Brandon Carlo.
Everything that rises must eventually come tumbling down, right?
After witnessing their team lose its last three games against Tampa, Florida, and Carolina, Boston Bruins supporters can easily concur with that assertion.
Even though they lost three straight games prior to their matchup against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday, two of those losses were by a single goal (one against Florida in OT).
Auston Matthews, who has been diagnosed with a sprained knee and won’t be available for at least a couple of weeks, will be absent from Toronto.
The Leafs were in second place in the Atlantic Division and third place overall as of the time of this writing.
Four Lessons from the Bruins’ victory over the Maple Leafs to End a Skid.
Particularly in the third period, the Bruins appeared to be reverting to their old habits.
Boston has consistently played its best hockey in the closing 20 minutes of games this season, pulling off thrilling comebacks and becoming a scoring machine.
The Bruins have struggled to stay up with other teams over the past three games, and head coach Jim Montgomery knew that was about to change.
Afterwards, Montgomery told reporters, “I really thought that was the best team effort we’ve had in a while.
“Relief wasn’t the proper word, but it was more about returning to our norm and team identity.
I observed it (Tuesday)