Bruins topple Maple Leafs 5-2

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 8, 2013 at 10:42 pm •  Published: December 8, 2013

TORONTO (AP) — The short-handed Boston Bruins overcame the loss of several key players to top the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Minus the suspended Shawn Thornton, awaiting his punishment for his takedown that sent Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik to the hospital on Saturday, the injury-ravaged Bruins rallied to defeat the Maple Leafs 5-2.

Carl Soderberg, Torey Krug, Kevan Miller, Jarome Iginla and Patrice Bergeron scored for Boston.

Thornton, the Bruins' enforcer, is suspended pending a league hearing into the incident.

For Iginla, Sunday's game was a chance for the Bruins to get back to their game.

"It was (good)," he said. "Just to get the focus on just winning a game and playing. Because, yeah, it was pretty emotional. Everybody felt that from (Saturday) night."

The Bruins were also without the injured Loui Eriksson and Chris Kelly, among others.

Defensemen Adam McQuaid and Johnny Boychuk were sidelined with earlier injuries.

And the Bruins' defensive issues were intensified Sunday when Dougie Hamilton left after the first period with a lower-body injury after a collision with Leafs defensemen Carl Gunnarsson.

Boston coach Claude Julien said Hamilton was scheduled to return home Monday for medical evaluation, but was hopeful that Boychuk might be close to returning to the lineup in his absence during the remaining three games of the Canadian road trip.

Peter Holland and Jay McClement scored for Toronto. The Leafs led 1-0 in the first and then cut the lead to 3-2 early in the third before Boston scored two late goals.

Julien attributed his team's success to the organization's focus on playing a two-way game, whether it be wearing a Boston or AHL's Providence jersey.

"The way we play is a very demanding way of playing but we feel our scouts and upper management have done a good job of giving us the types of players who can play that game," he said.

"So even with the guys being called up, they play a very similar style back in Providence. And we're asking them to do the same thing here.

"It's about believing what your team's all about. Going out there and doing it, whether you're a young player or an older player. Our game can never change."

The Leafs, who beat Ottawa 4-3 in a shootout Saturday, controlled the early going and led 1-0 after the first. But the Bruins had a three-goal outburst in the second period, including a pair of power-play goals in a 93-second stretch.

"The first period it seemed like we had our legs, we were doing a lot of things," Toronto coach Randy Carlyle said. "Then we take the one penalty and their (tying) goal kind of flattened us and the next thing you know we're killing (a penalty) again right after. And it was bang-bang, all of a sudden they scored two goals and the life went out of our hockey club."

Toronto, which also gave up two power-play goals against the Senators, went 0 for 4 on its power play Sunday. The Bruins, who had to kill off a pair of penalties in the third, outshot the Leafs 39-32.

The focus before the game was on Thornton's play on Saturday.

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