It's crunch time in the NHL — the time of year where teams are clamoring for every point in hopes of reaching the postseason.
Boston is one of the lucky NHL teams that has already secured a postseason bid, and on Thursday night at TD Garden, they were up against a team fighting for any and every point to try to land among the top eight teams in the Eastern Conference.
That doesn't mean the Bruins gave up on Thursday, it just means they were battling a desperate Toronto team that had absolutely nothing to lose. The Northeast Division rivals battled it out through regulation and overtime before the Maple Leafs came away with the shootout victory on a goal by Nazem Kadri.
The Maple Leafs were feeding off the playoff atmosphere at the Garden, and the desperation shone through with the late win. According to Bruins head coach Claude Julien, the Bruins played OK, but "not great in any area."
"We probably needed our guys to play a little bit better, more like we have been lately," Julien said in the postgame. "This was one of those hockey games where it wasn't quite there."
To hear more from Julien and to see all the game's highlights, check out the video above from NESN Daily.