Bruins notch 300th franchise win over Maple Leafs on Tuesday

Gordon Brown
BarnBurner Sports Writer


Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Boston (4) - Toronto (2) Final

A historic rivalry between the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs continued on Tuesday night at TD Garden as the B’s won for the 300th time.

David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand each posted one goal and one assist to power the home team’s offence over Toronto. Boston (6-1-0) now owns an all-time 300-265-98-13 record versus their Original Six counterpart.

The visiting Maple Leafs (5-4-2) were led by Kasperi Kapanen and Alex Kerfoot with one goal and one assist apiece. Toronto played their second game in back-to-back nights and suffered their second loss, picking up only a single point against Columbus.

Tuukka Rask turned away 28-of-30 shots en route to his fourth victory of the season. 

Michael Hutchinson raised concerns in goal as Toronto’s struggles to solidify a backup option have carried over into this season. The 29-year-old backstop allowed four goals on 39 shots and remains winless in three starts.

Boston opened the scoring with a power-play tally by Pastrnak after having a goal called-back minutes earlier. The Havirov, Cze., native went between the legs to beat Hutchinson for a highlight-reel goal and the 300th point of his 329 game career.

An eventful second period saw either team trade strikes, beginning with Kasperi Kapanen’s equalizer 4:23 in. Kerfoot and Justin Holl each drew assists on the play.

Brad Marchand responded just 1:46 later to restore Boston’s one-goal lead to make it 2-1. 

Kerfoot recorded a power-play goal before the end of the frame to tie the game once more but, unfortunately for Toronto, that momentum didn’t carry into the third.

The Bruins scored twice in the final twenty minutes to secure a 4-2 win. Goals were scored by Brett Ritchie and former Leaf Par Lindholm, respectively.

Toronto will gear up for their fourth back-to-back of the young NHL season, beginning on Friday night with a date with the San Jose Sharks at home before battling Montreal the following day.