The Bruins’ best defenseman (possibly the best blueliner in the NHL) and their top line were at their best tonight in Toronto, and that spelled inevitable doom for the homestanding Maple Leafs.
Milan Lucic scored twice, David Krejci registered three points and Zdeno Chara added a goal and an assist in the Bruins’ 6-3 victory over Toronto at the Air Canada Centre.
The Bruins took over first place in the Northeast Division. They finished the month of November without a regulation loss, the first time they’ve done that since January 1969. The rest of the numbers from the Bruins’ stats department are gaudy. It’s their first 25-point month since March 1978. The Bruins have outscored Toronto, 19-5, in the three games and they’ve outscored opponents 59-25 during their 13-game point streak.
Chara, who has been off to his best start offensively since pulling on a Bruins sweater, gave the Bruins a lead they wouldn’t relinquish the rest of the night at 15:30 of the second period. He didn’t neglect his defensive duties, though, as he helped limit NHL leading scorer Phil Kessel to just one assist and three shots on net. Kessel was minus-3.
Krejci scored his first goal in 10 games, while Lucic scored for the first time in nine games.
The Bruins and Leafs will re-engage Saturday night at the TD Garden.