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Boston 8, Toronto 0: Bruins Run Roughshod Over Leafs, Sweep Season Series Handily


Benoit Pouliot scored twice and Tim Thomas made what would otherwise seem like a pedestrian 13 saves for his fifth shutout of the season as Boston scored early and often to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 8-0 in front of a sellout crowd of 17,565 at TD Garden in Boston on Monday night.

Boston notched four goals in the first period, three in the second and added a wrister by Tyler Seguin from the right face-off dot with just 91 seconds remaining for good measure as they swept the Leafs during the regular season, outscoring Toronto by a margin of 36-10 during their six games.

The Bruins had five players with multiple point nights, including Brian Rolston, who led the way with four points on a goal and three assists. In all, 14 Bruins had points - remarkably, Patrice Bergeron was not among them.

Boston also went 2-for-2 on power play tries, with Brad Marchand netting a power play goal late in the first period with Jay Rosehill off for roughing and Zdeno Chara scoring in the second period with Clarke Macarthur off for holding.

The Bruins held Toronto to just two shots on goal on five attempted shots in the first period, as Boston scored on 33% of its 24 shots on the evening. James Reimer didn't make it out of the first period as he let four of the nine shots he saw slide past him, and Jonas Gustavsson didn't fare much better.

Boston is next in action on Thursday night at San Jose.