Mark Stuart's point blast has put Boston up 1-0 over Toronto in the 1st period.
He teed up a perfect cross-ice pass along the blue line from Johnny Boychuk for his 2nd goal of the season and first point in 23 games.
Never known for his offense, he's a solid defensive presence who plays with toughness and courage. In fact, I was talking to Providence Bruins head coach Rob Murray the other day, and he compared current P-Bruin Adam McQuaid to Stuart. If McQuaid ends up being a player similar to Stuart for Boston, then the B's will have done well.
Tonight's goal is extra special for Captain Caveman, as he was presented with that flag from the group of Army NCOs before the puck drop. There's always something to be said for a little extra motivation, and you know that Stuey was thrilled to see the puck go past Vesa Toskala like that.
Tuukka Rask in net again for Boston, and I'll post more after the game.
UPDATE: Stuart just dropped the gloves with Jamal Mayers in a rematch from their fight on Saturday, but Mayers lost his footing and the B's defender let up after pulling the sweater over his head. Two minutes each for roughing early in the second.
Derek Morris with a power play bomb for his 3rd on the year, 2-0, Bruins.
UPDATE: Scratch that on the first dust-up. The two come out of the box and a fight ensues. Pretty even with both exchanging rights and Stuart with the takedown at the end. Five for fighting. Classy move not to pummel Mayers when he initially lost his balance but help him up so they could throw 'em. Stuart is indeed...Caveman Strong!
UPDATE: Final score: B's 5, Leafs 2...thanks to a pair of late goals by Mark Recchi to put it out of reach. I'll have more on the game tomorrow, but you have to wonder if Stuart will be having the roast duck with mango salsa tonight...