Toronto at Boston

Krejci nets first hat trick for B's, Kessel extends point streak to 16

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BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins nearly blew a four-goal lead. And then they turned to their closer.

Manny Fernandez -- the fourth goalie to appear in the game -- stopped all 13 shots he faced in the third period, and David Krejci had his first NHL hat trick as the Bruins held on to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 8-5 on Thursday.

"Fernandez came in and made the difference in the game," Leafs coach Ron Wilson said. "Obviously we didn't start the way we wanted to. It was obviously a good effort to get back into the game, but when you get down that many goals, it's tough."

Phil Kessel scored twice to extend his point streak to an NHL-high 16 games, and Marco Sturm, Marc Savard and Michael Ryder also scored for Boston. The Bruins won their 12th consecutive home game and 12th in 14 games overall.

Tim Thomas stopped 18 shots but left after two periods with the Bruins leading 6-5; they had led 5-1 with just over four minutes gone in the second period.

"Sometimes a change like that kind of calms everybody down," Fernandez said. "When there's a lot of goals scored, you just hold your stick a little tighter, try to do too much. Sometimes coaches use that (a goalie change) as a motivator for the team, and I think that's what happened.

Vesa Toskala gave up two goals on five shots in the first 4:34 and was pulled for Curtis Joseph. The backup didn't have much more luck, allowing four goals on 10 shots in the second period. Toskala came back in for the third, when Boston took a 7-5 lead on Ryder's goal with 9:18 to play.

Krejci made it 8-5 with 4:16 left, bringing hats from the stands onto the ice. But his most impressive was his second goal, when he came flying down the left wing, made a shift and beat Joseph to the short side with a wrist shot.

"I've seen so many guys try it in the NHL, so I tried it," said Krejci, who had been more of an assist guy with eight goals and 21 assists before Thursday.

"If you give him some room, I think he can score some goals," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "He's a good player who makes everyone around him better. Tonight he had a chance to make himself look good as well."

Pavel Kubina, Alexei Ponikarovsky, Nik Antropov, Mikhail Grabovski and Jason Blake scored for the Leafs, who had won three in a row.

The Bruins took a 1-0 lead on the game's opening shift when Sturm, who missed the previous 12 games after sustaining a concussion, scored off a rebound 36 seconds into the game. Sturm left with 6:23 remaining in the first when he was hit along the boards. He grabbed his left knee as he was helped off and didn't return.

Boston made it 2-0 on Krejci's first of the game, a power-play goal that chased Toskala. The Leafs made it 2-1 before Boston pulled away in the second with three goals in 2:53.

Notes

  • Kessel's second goal gave him 100 career NHL points.
  • The Bruins' last home loss came against Toronto, 4-2 on Oct. 23.
  • Toskala started for the 28th time in Toronto's 31 games.
  • Bruins rookie Blake Wheeler also had his first career hat trick against Toronto, on Nov. 6.
  • Boston was 4-for-6 on the power play.
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It's one to remember for David Krejci, who has some mementos from his first hat trick.  (Getty Images)
It's one to remember for David Krejci, who has some mementos from his first hat trick. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Toronto (12-13-6)1405
Boston  (22-5-4) «2428
Three Stars
D. Krejci
BOS


Goals: 3
Assist(s): 0
P. Kessel
BOS


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
M. Savard
BOS


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 3
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
36.0Marco Sturm (7), Wrist Shot. Assist: Kobasew, Bergeron
04:34Power Play - David Krejci (9), Wrist Shot. Assist: Lucic, Kessel
07:23Power Play - Pavel Kubina (6), Slap Shot. Assist: Kulemin, Antropov
2ND PERIOD
01:28Power Play - Marc Savard (9), Tip-In. Assist: Chara, Axelsson
02:03David Krejci (10), Wrist Shot. Assist: Wheeler
04:21Phil Kessel (20), Wrist Shot. Assist: Savard
08:36Alexei Ponikarovsky (9), Slap Shot. Assist: Finger, Stempniak
09:58Nik Antropov (12), Wrist Shot. Assist: Mitchell, Finger
16:36Mikhail Grabovski (11), Snap Shot. Assist: Van Ryn, Ponikarovsky
18:00Phil Kessel (21), Wrist Shot. Assist: Savard, Axelsson
19:16Power Play - Jason Blake (6), Wrist Shot. Assist: Kaberle, Kubina
3RD PERIOD
10:42Power Play - Michael Ryder (11), Wrist Shot. Assist: Chara
15:44Power Play - David Krejci (11), Snap Shot. Assist: Savard, Wideman
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
04:04Kubina, 2 min, Tripping
06:12Lashoff, 2 min, Hooking
12:49Lucic, 2 min, Hooking
15:57Deveaux, 2 min, Interference
19:00Deveaux, 5 min, Fighting
19:00Thornton, 5 min, Fighting
2ND PERIOD
01:13Kulemin, 2 min, High-Sticking
02:51Stuart, 5 min, Fighting
02:51Mitchell, 5 min, Fighting
10:18Ryder, 2 min, Hooking
19:02Thomas, 2 min, Holding
3RD PERIOD
07:45Savard, 2 min, Hooking
07:45Lucic, 2 min, Roughing
07:45Finger, 2 min, Roughing
10:13Grabovski, 2 min, Holding
14:19Kulemin, 2 min, Hooking
14:49Finger, 2 min, Slashing
Shots On Goal
 123T
Toronto8151336
Boston1110627
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Curtis Joseph35:09124
Vesa Toskala24:1574
Manny Fernandez19:58130
Tim Thomas40:00185
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Toronto2-for-5
Boston4-for-6
Game Information
Attendance - 17565
Referees - Paul Devorski, Gord Dwyer
Linesmen - Scott Driscoll, Darren Gibbs
 
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