Matthews scores in return, Leafs fall to Bruins 4-3
FiredUp Network Sports Writer
Saturday, January 14, 2023
For the second time this season the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins met on a Saturday night. Last meeting on November 5th went the Leafs way winning 2-1. This time it was a late third period goal that propelled the Bruins to a 4-3 win.
Michael Bunting scored early in the contest on the powerplay. John Tavares found the Scarborough native camped out front with a nice hook pass.
Patrice Bergeron scored a tap in goal wide open in front of Matt Murray to tie the game at one.
Murray was solid in this one facing 34 shots but was unable to grab the win.
Pierre Engvall opened the second period going end-to-end with a nice wrist shot that beat Linus Ullmark glove side.
David Pastrnak and A.J. Greer scored for the Bruins to give them the 3-2 lead heading into the third.
However, it was Auston Matthews in his first game back since missing the last two with an undisclosed “lingering” injury that scored a beauty of a goal to knot things up three minutes into the third.
Matt Grzelcyk beat Murray on a tough one he would like to have back. His goal stood as the winner, scoring with 1:16 left in the game, handing the Leafs their second straight loss and evening the season series at one a piece.
Toronto was out shot 34-21 with Ullmark stopping just 18 of them.
This was also the Leafs seventh game in the last 11 days.
They get back to it at home against the Florida Panthers, their first time seeing each other this season.
Mitch Marner, who had two assists in this one, will look to set another Leafs record this season with his 19thstraight game with a point on home ice. He is currently tied for the longest streak at 18 with Darryl Sittler.
TOR Scoring: Bunting PP (14), Engvall (9), Matthews (21)
BOS Scoring: Bergeron (16), Pastrnak (33), Greer (4), Grzelcyk (2)