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Leafs Lose Wild One To Bruins

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 5:15 AM

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Leafs Lose Wild One To Bruins
Toronto Maple Leafs 5, Boston Bruins 8
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BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Bruins nearly blew a four-goal lead. And then they turned to their closer.

Manny Fernandez - the fourth goalie to appear in the game - stopped all 13 shots he faced in the third period, and David Krejci had his first NHL hat trick as the Bruins held on to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 8-5 on Thursday night.

``Fernandez came in and made the difference in the game,'' Leafs coach Ron Wilson said. ``Obviously we didn't start the way we wanted to. It was obviously a good effort to get back into the game, but when you get down that many goals, it's tough.''

Phil Kessel scored twice to extend his point streak to an NHL-high 16 games, and Marco Sturm, Marc Savard and Michael Ryder also scored for Boston. The Bruins won their 12th consecutive home game and their 12th in 14 games overall.

Tim Thomas stopped 18 shots but left after two periods with the Bruins leading 6-5; they had led 5-1 with just over four minutes gone in the second period.

``Sometimes a change like that kind of calms everybody down,'' Fernandez said. ``When there's a lot of goals scored, you just hold your stick a little tighter, try to do too much. Sometimes coaches use that (a goalie change) as a motivator for the team, and I think that's what happened.

Thomas fared better Vesa Toskala: he gave up two goals on five shots in the first 4:34 and was pulled for Curtis Joseph. The backup didn't have much more luck, allowing four goals on 10 shots in the second period. Toskala came back in for the third, when Boston took a 7-5 lead on Ryder's goal with 9:18 to play.

Krejci made it 8-5 with 4:16 left, bringing hats from the stands onto the ice. But his most impressive was his second goal, when he came flying down the left wing, made a shift and beat Joseph to the short side with a wrist shot.

``I've seen so many guys try it in the NHL, so I tried it,'' said Krejci, who had been more of an assist guy with eight goals and 21 helpers before Thursday.

``If you give him some room, I think he can score some goals,'' Bruins coach Claude Julien said. He's a good player who makes everyone around him better. Tonight he had a chance to make himself look good as well.''

Pavel Kubina, Alexei Ponikarovsky, Nik Antropov, Mikhail Grabovski and Jason Blake scored for the Leafs, who had won three in a row.

The Bruins took a 1-0 lead on the game's opening shift when Sturm, who missed the previous 12 games after sustaining a concussion, scored off a rebound 36 seconds into the game. Sturm left with 6:23 remaining in the first when he was hit along the boards. He grabbed his left knee as he was helped off and didn't return.

Boston made it 2-0 on Krejci's first of the game, a power-play goal that chased Toskala. The Leafs made it 2-1 before Boston pulled away in the second with three goals in 2:53.

Notes: Kessel's second goal gave him 100 career NHL points. ... The Bruins' last home loss came against Toronto, 4-2 on Oct. 23. ... Toskala started for the 28th time in Toronto's 31 games. ... Bruins rookie Blake Wheeler also had his first career hat trick against Toronto, on Nov. 6. ... Boston was 4-for-6 on the power play.

scoring summary
1st Period
00:36
BOS
Marco Sturm (7) ASST: Chuck Kobasew (10), Patrice Bergeron (14)
1 - 0 BOS
04:34
BOS
PPG - David Krejci (9) ASST: Milan Lucic (12), Phil Kessel (13)
2 - 0 BOS
07:23
TOR
PPG - Pavel Kubina (6) ASST: Nikolay Kulemin (7), Nik Antropov (11)
2 - 1 BOS
2nd Period
01:28
BOS
PPG - Marc Savard (9) ASST: Zdeno Chara (10), P.J. Axelsson (8)
3 - 1 BOS
02:03
BOS
David Krejci (10) ASST: Blake Wheeler (9)
4 - 1 BOS
04:21
BOS
Phil Kessel (20) ASST: Marc Savard (27)
5 - 1 BOS
08:36
TOR
Alexei Ponikarovsky (9) ASST: Jeff Finger (6), Lee Stempniak (14)
5 - 2 BOS
09:58
TOR
Nik Antropov (12) ASST: John Mitchell (6), Jeff Finger (7)
5 - 3 BOS
16:36
TOR
Mikhail Grabovski (11) ASST: Mike Van Ryn (6), Alexei Ponikarovsky (12)
5 - 4 BOS
18:00
BOS
Phil Kessel (21) ASST: Marc Savard (28), P.J. Axelsson (9)
6 - 4 BOS
19:16
TOR
PPG - Jason Blake (6) ASST: Tomas Kaberle (18), Pavel Kubina (9)
6 - 5 BOS
3rd Period
10:42
BOS
PPG - Michael Ryder (11) ASST: Zdeno Chara (11)
7 - 5 BOS
15:44
BOS
PPG - David Krejci (11) ASST: Marc Savard (29), Dennis Wideman (12)
8 - 5 BOS
penalty summary
1st Period
04:04
TOR
Pavel Kubina  Tripping against  Patrice Bergeron
06:12
BOS
Matt Lashoff  Hooking against  John Mitchell
12:49
BOS
Milan Lucic  Hooking against  Dominic Moore
15:57
TOR
Andre Deveaux  Interference against  Phil Kessel
19:00
BOS
Shawn Thornton  Fighting (maj) against  Andre Deveaux
19:00
TOR
Andre Deveaux  Fighting (maj) against  Shawn Thornton
2nd Period
01:13
TOR
Nikolay Kulemin  Hi-sticking against  Marc Savard
02:51
TOR
John Mitchell  Fighting (maj) against  Mark Stuart
02:51
BOS
Mark Stuart  Fighting (maj) against  John Mitchell
10:18
BOS
Michael Ryder  Hooking against  Matt Stajan
19:02
BOS
Tim Thomas  Holding against  Jason Blake
3rd Period
07:45
BOS
Milan Lucic  Roughing against  Jeff Finger
07:45
TOR
Jeff Finger  Roughing against  Milan Lucic
07:45
BOS
Marc Savard  Hooking against  Tomas Kaberle
10:13
TOR
Mikhail Grabovski  Holding against  Chuck Kobasew
14:19
TOR
Nikolay Kulemin  Hooking against  Michael Ryder
14:49
TOR
Jeff Finger  Slashing against  Michael Ryder
goalie stats
Curtis Joseph
SA: 16TOI: 35:09
Saves: 12EV: 10 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .750SH: 1 - 1
Vesa Toskala
SA: 11TOI: 24:15
Saves: 7EV: 6 - 7
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 4
SV%: .636SH: 0 - 0
Tim Thomas
Tim Thomas
13-3-3
SA: 23TOI: 40:00
Saves: 18EV: 14 - 17
PIM: 2PP: 4 - 6
SV%: .783SH: 0 - 0
Manny Fernandez
Manny Fernandez
SA: 13TOI: 19:58
Saves: 13EV: 12 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
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