The Maple Leafs solved the mystical trance the Boston Bruins seem to hold over them every time they play although Toronto killer David Pastrnak, had both in a 4-2 losing effort.
Frederik Andersen made 38-saves, Patrick Marleau played his 1600th game, Travis Dermott scored his first of the year and Igor Ozhiganov drained his first in the NHL, that pretty much summed up the highlights of the match.
Mitch Marner who continues to marvel with his puck handling skills setting up his teammates chipped in with 3 assists and along with John Tavares was a threat all evening.
Bruins netminder Jaroslav Halak made 27 saves and almost duplicated his effort from a few weeks ago in Beantown when he stoned the Leafs. Nazem Kadri may see Halak in his sleep after the Boston goalie robbed him at least 3 times point blank, including a breakaway.
The Leafs controlled the play in the opening 20-minutes but had no luck finding the back of the net and that usually spells trouble against the determined Bruins.
Dermott’s late first period goal gave Toronto the lead until Pastrnak on a great feed from super-pest Brad Marchand one-timed a beauty behind Andersen early in the second. Ozhiganov made it 2-1 for the home side before Pastrnak evened the game a little over a minute later with his 19th that ties him with Patrick Laine to lead the NHL.
Josh Leivo with goals in back to back games buried a rebound off a Tyler Ennis shot to give the Leafs the lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Zach Hyman completed the scoring with an empty netter at 18.25 to secure the victory for the Toronto side.
All in all, a decent effort by the Leafs who continue to hit a wall around the 25-minute mark at home games. Toronto needs a 60-minute effort to maintain consistent success at Scotiabank Arena and with San Jose in town Wednesday, the west coast visitors will have revenge on their minds after a home loss to the Leafs 2 weeks ago.