Phil Kessel netted a pair of goals and Jonathan Bernier stopped 25 shots as the Toronto Maple Leafs ripped apart the Boston Bruins, 6-1, at the Air Canada Centre.
James van Riemsdyk and Tyler Bozak both also registered a score and two assist for the Maple Leafs, who have taken three in a row and posted their most decisive victory of the season.
Peter Holland and Morgan Rielly both added beautiful goals as Toronto took a season-high three power-play goals.
“I think we really felt like we owed Boston one,” Holland said of the Bruins’ 4-1 win on Oct 23, “Last time they were here, we felt a little embarrassed about our effort.”
Dennis Seidenberg provided the lone offense for the Bruins, whose five-game win streak was put to rest in their largest margin of defeat thus far.
Tuukka Rask took the loss after allowing four goals on 16 shots in 23-plus minutes. Niklas Svedberg finished up making 15 saves on 17 shpts.
“It’s the only thing we did as a team, we all played poorly,” said Bruins forward Chris Kelly. “We didn’t compete. We didn’t work. We didn’t make plans. We didn’t defend. That’s why it was 6-1.
After opening the scoring during the first period of Wednesday’s game against the Boston Bruins, Phil Kessel added another goal early in the second. Eighteen seconds into the middle frame, Kessel took a pass from Tyler Bozak and wired a shot past Tuukka Rask from the left side for his 10th goal of the season.
Defenseman Morgan Rielly scored 1:16 later while Bozak popped one in himself at the 3:32 mark. With the score sitting at 4-0, Bruins coach Claude Julien gave Rask the hook after allowing four goals on 16 shots.
Toronto went on to win the game in an impressive game, topping the Bruins by a score of 6-1.