The Boston Bruins lost their second consecutive game on Thursday night, falling to the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Center, 4-3. Boston spent the majority of the evening trailing on the scoreboard. They battled for 60-minutes, but ultimately had to settle for just one point in defeat.
Playing in the second game of a back-to-back, the Bruins seemed to be a step behind the Maple Leafs all game long. Toronto played with great desperation as they continue to scratch and claw, hoping to earn one of the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.
Toronto sits one point behind the Columbus Blue Jackets for the final playoff spot.
Trailing 3-1 in the third period, Boston battled back and tied the game. Milan Lucic and Patrice Bergeron tallied goals to force overtime. The Bruins outshot the Maple Leafs 17-5 in the final 20-minutes.
In overtime, Toronto forward Nazem Kadri buried a rebound goal to end the game. Cody Franson unloaded a shot from the point, Kadri corralled the puck, and then beat Chad Johnson for his 19th goal of the season.
Paul Ranger scored the game’s opening goal in the first period. Up 1-0, the Maple Leafs would never surrender the lead. Brad Marchand tied the game at one for Boston less than a minute later. Toronto regained the lead just 12 seconds prior to the end of the first on a Tyler Bozak goal.
James Van Riemsdyk scored the lone goal of the second period. It was his 30th of the season, which is a career high for the former UNH Wildcat.
Johnson stopped 27 of 31 shots for Boston. The loss is Johnson’s first since an overtime defeat back on Feb. 26.
The Bruins will next take to the ice on Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers.