Bourque scores game's single goal as Boston Bruins go over Toronto Leafs
APTORONTO -- Chris Bourque had gone so long without a goal, he almost forgot what it felt like.
February 4, 2013, 12:00 am TWN
Bourque, the son of former Bruins icon Ray Bourque, scored his first goal with Boston in a 1-0 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.
The 5-foot-8 Bourque crashed the net to stuff in a nifty angled pass from behind the net from Chris Kelly at 8:54. Bourque's only other NHL goal was scored in December 2008 when he played for the Washington Capitals.
The Bourques are the fifth father-son combination to play for the Bruins. Chris led the AHL in scoring in 2011-12 with 92 points for Hershey. Brother Ryan is currently playing for the Rangers' AHL farm team in Connecticut.
The Bruins threatened throughout the tightly played game, but James Reimer stopped 33 shots from all angles as Boston came at him in waves.
“James Reimer gave us a chance,” Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said. “That's all you can ask of your goaltender. I thought he made some big stops.”
Toronto turned over the puck too often at the Boston blue line and got bottled up in the neutral ice.
“That's the way they play, and they're a good team,” Carlyle said. “They did what they had to do to be effective to play a road game and we didn't do enough of the things that we're capable of to establish a strong home game in the 60 minutes.”
The Bruins (6-1-1) limited the Leafs to 21 shots and killed off two penalties in the last nine minutes to hang on to beat Toronto (4-4).
“We were close, and close isn't good enough,” Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf said. “We did a lot of good things but we did a lot of things that we felt we could be better at.”
This was the first meeting between the teams this season. Boston won all six matchups last season, outscoring the Maple Leafs 36-10. The one-sided series included 7-0 and 8-0 margins.
Phil Kessel came into the game in search of his first goal — and 100th with Toronto — despite leading the Maple Leafs with 33 shots in the seven previous games. He has four assists.
Kessel's first drive came midway through the second period and glanced off the crossbar.