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Top Line Leads Leafs Past Bruins

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

The Canadian Press

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Top Line Leads Leafs Past Bruins
Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Boston Bruins 3
Three Stars of the Game
Tyler Bozak
1st
G: 2Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 23:36
Patrice Bergeron
2nd
Patrice Bergeron
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 18:52
Jonathan Bernier
3rd
SA: 41TOI: 60:00
GA: 3EV: 28-31
PIM: 0PP: 6-6
SV%: .927SH: 4-4

BOSTON - Three straight goals and Jonathan Bernier in net was enough for Toronto to hold a third-period lead in Boston this time.

Bernier stopped 38 shots, including 15 in the final period as the Maple Leafs held off the Bruins 4-3 on Tuesday night.

"It's fun. It's why we play hockey - that little pressure, that extra pressure. I thought we reacted in a good way," Bernier said.

Bernier wasn't part of the Toronto club that blew a late 4-2 lead and lost 5-4 in overtime to the Bruins in Game 7 of their first-round playoff series last spring. But he knew plenty of his teammates hadn't forgotten, which made Tuesday night a bit of a special regular-season victory.

"I thought the atmosphere was awesome. I think both teams played hard, and lots of hitting in that game," Bernier said. "When we get skating and we hit a lot, I think we get a lot of energy from our bench and we play very well."

Tyler Bozak scored twice, Phil Kessel had three assists and James van Riemsdyk had a goal and an assist for Toronto. Jake Gardiner also scored for the Maple Leafs, who were 0-2 against the defending Eastern Conference champions this season.

"Hopefully, it bleeds some of the demons out of us," Toronto coach Randy Carlyle said.

Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron each had a goal and an assist for Boston. Gregory Campbell pulled the Bruins to 4-3 with 10:25 left in the third period, but Bernier stopped a late flurry of shots after Boston pulled goalie Tuukka Rask for the extra skater.

Toronto scored twice on the power play, while the Bruins were 0 for 3.

"We had a lot of good looks. We've obviously got to do a better job and bear down," Bergeron said. "On the power play they did that and we didn't do it, so the game's right there."

Bozak answered each of Boston's first two goals, then Toronto scored two straight and Bernier continued stopping shots.

"Whenever you come to Boston you know it's going to be tough and you know there's going to be times in the game where they're going to be all over you," Bozak said. "You've just got to stay composed and block some shots and need the goalie to make some saves, and Berny did a great job for us tonight to keep us in it."

Rask made 22 saves for Boston, which lost for the third time in four games. He was booed after van Riemsdyk's wrist shot got past him early in the third, but came up with two big saves later in the period that kept the Bruins in it.

Rask made a sliding pad save on Nazem Kadri as he was being taken down by Zdeno Chara with a hook, then stopped a big shot early in the ensuing power play to keep it 4-3.

Bernier withstood a flurry of shots by the Bruins early in the second, then stopped Boston on a power play to preserve a 2-all tie until Gardiner gave Toronto its first lead with 12:51 left in the period.

The Maple Leafs were on a power play when Gardiner drifted in from the point to the right circle, where he took a cross-ice pass from Kessel and wristed a shot through Rask.

Bergeron tucked a backhand between Bernier's left pad and the post to put the Bruins up 2-1 with 9:12 left in the first period. The goal stood after a review to make sure the puck didn't slip under the side of the net.

NOTES: Chara played in his 1,100th career game. ... Rask entered with 22 wins, tying his career high set in 2009-10. ... Toronto had not beaten the Bruins since a 2-1 victory in Game 6 of their playoff series last year. After playing three times so far this season, the Original Six rivals have one meeting left. ... Dion Phaneuf's assist in the second period for Toronto snapped a five-game scoreless streak.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:38
BOS
Brad Marchand (11) ASST: Reilly Smith (18), Patrice Bergeron (16)
1 - 0 BOS
05:52
TOR
Tyler Bozak (8) ASST: Carl Gunnarsson (6), Phil Kessel (22)
1 - 1 Tie
10:48
BOS
Patrice Bergeron (11) ASST: Zdeno Chara (10), Brad Marchand (12)
2 - 1 BOS
12:47
TOR
PPG - Tyler Bozak (9) ASST: James van Riemsdyk (18), Phil Kessel (23)
2 - 2 Tie
2nd Period
07:09
TOR
PPG - Jake Gardiner (3) ASST: Phil Kessel (24), Dion Phaneuf (14)
3 - 2 TOR
3rd Period
01:00
TOR
James van Riemsdyk (18) ASST: Tyler Bozak (13), Joffrey Lupul (11)
4 - 2 TOR
09:35
BOS
Gregory Campbell (3) ASST: Daniel Paille (4)
4 - 3 TOR
penalty summary
1st Period
03:03
BOS
Shawn Thornton  Fighting (maj) against  Frazer McLaren
03:03
TOR
Frazer McLaren  Fighting (maj) against  Shawn Thornton
11:57
BOS
Carl Soderberg  Hooking against  Peter Holland
2nd Period
01:37
TOR
James van Riemsdyk  Tripping against  Brad Marchand
05:50
BOS
Adam McQuaid  Tripping against  Tyler Bozak
08:07
TOR
Tim Gleason  Tripping against  Jarome Iginla
13:29
BOS
Ryan Spooner  Holding against  Nazem Kadri
3rd Period
04:00
BOS
Zdeno Chara  Interference against  James van Riemsdyk
06:29
TOR
Carl Gunnarsson  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
12:07
BOS
Matt Bartkowski  Hooking against  Nazem Kadri
goalie stats
Jonathan Bernier
SA: 41TOI: 60:00
Saves: 38EV: 28 - 31
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .927SH: 4 - 4
Tuukka Rask
SA: 26TOI: 58:34
Saves: 22EV: 15 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 8
SV%: .846SH: 1 - 1
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