BOSTON — Fifteen different players recorded points, Benoit Pouliot scored two goals and Brian Rolston proved the Fountain of Youth just might be hidden behind the Bruins’ dressing room with a four-point night in an 8-0 romp of Toronto tonight.
Boston swept the six-game season series from the Maple Leafs and the Bruins now lead the Northeast Division by three points over Ottawa.
For the complete game story, read my NHL.com recap.
While the scoring was exciting, the Milan Lucic-Mike Komisarek first-period fight also gave off some fireworks. The Bruins winger and Toronto defenseman hadn’t tangled since the 2009 Boston-Montreal playoff series. Three years later, the duo combined for pretty much the same result, with Lucic landing several face shots.
Despite the lopsided history between the two players in his favor, Lucic said he wasn’t surprised to see Komisarek step up with his team down 4-0.
“I mean … it seems like so long ago. But he’s a guy who’s definitely going to compete and he’s trying to show some emotion at a time like that,” said Lucic. “Obviously, you don’t ever like to be on the end of things, and whatever happened happened there and fortunately for me I came out on top.”
Explained Komisarek: “At that point, you’re down a couple goals and we don’t have any shots on net. Schenny [Luke Schenn] steps up and tries to show up, and I’m not going to wait for Grabo [Mikhail Grabovski] to go out there and fight their tough guy. You go out there and just try to show up, and give a couple licks, take a couple licks, and step up I guess. So, it’s pretty tough.”
Here are a few more postgame notes:
•For more on the 39-year-old Rolston’s performance, read my CBSBoston.com column.
•With a 4-0 lead after one period or a 7-0 lead after two periods, head coach Claude Julien could’ve found a way to work in Marty Turco and give Tim Thomas a rest. Instead he opted to give Thomas a shot at his fifth shutout of the season.
“With the number of shots he had , I don’t think it was a real tough night for him,” said the coach. “I think a shutout’s also important for him as well. If I thought he was getting tired or he was getting overworked, I would have certainly pulled him out.”
•Shawn Thornton’s two-year contract extension was made official before the game. General manager Peter Chiarelli commended Thornton for being more than a fighter and for improving every season he’s played with the Bruins.
Now there might be more expectations on Thornton to keep improving as he moves beyond his fifth season with Boston.
“I promise I’ll give it the best effort I have every night and that’s … hopefully it works out for me,” said Thornton. “I can’t really control whether my hands are going to get any better or pucks are going to go in more and stuff like that. But I’ll definitely show up and do my job every night.”
•Chiarelli said that now that Thornton’s deal is done, he won’t be re-signing any more unrestricted free agents until after the season. That means Chris Kelly, Gregory Campbell, Daniel Paille, Pouliot, Joe Corvo, Greg Zanon, Mike Mottau and Rolston will have to wait.