Boston Bruins (19-8-2) at Toronto Maple Leafs (16-11-3)
|Date & Time||Sunday December 8, 2013, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Toronto Maple Leafs +110 / Boston Bruins -121 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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After a wild game on Saturdya night the Boston Bruins have to get right back at it against their biggest rivals on Sunday night. It's strange to consider a team could have an emotional let down against the team they hate the most, but the Bruins might find it difficult after everything that went on last night against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Loui Eriksson was absolutely crushed by a Brooks Orpik hit and from there everything got out of hand. James Neal kneed Brad Marchand in the back of the head when he was laying on the ice, Shawn Thorton sent Orpik off on a stretcher after sucker punching him in a scrum when he was laying on his back. The extra curricular activies took away from what was a pretty good game between two teams that have a ton of dislike for one another. Reilly Smith's sixth goal of the season tied the game at 1-1 in the first period but the Bruins would still trail by a goal at the end of one. It wasn't until there was just over two minutes remaining in the game that the Bruins would tie things up on David Krejci's fifth goal of the year. Boston didn't wait until overtime to score the game winner either, finishing the Penguins off in regulation 1:16 later on Zdeno Chara's goal with 13 seconds to play. It was a huge comeback win for the Bruins but again it's going to be difficult to turn right back around and play on the road in this one after all that went on in this one.
The Toronto Maple Leafs snapped a five gave losing streak and are now looking to pick up their third consecutive win against Boston on Sunday night. Saturday night in Ottawa the Leafs needed a shootout to take down the Senators. Phil Kessel scored his 16th goal of the season in the second period and Jake Gardiner gave Toronto a 3-1 lead, but the Maple Leafs couldn't hold on over the final 20 minutes. Erik Karlsson and Erik Condra scored during the final frame to send the game into overtime and eventually to a shooutout. James van Riemsdyk, who recorded his 13th goal early in the first period, got Toronto on the board in the skills competition when he beat Craig Anderson. Mason Raymond also beat Anderson and James Reimer finished the night with 47 saves, with two in the shootout on top of that, to lead the Maple Leafs to a 4-3 victory. The Maple Leafs never have trouble getting up for the Bruins, the problem is that it's usually still not good enough. This is a good spot for Toronto in this one if they can bring some energy and get a strong performance from their goaltender.