TORONTO – Nazem Kadri scored his first NHL goal, Joey Crabb added a goal and two assists, and the Toronto Maple Leafs hammered the slumping Boston Bruins 5-2 on Saturday night.

All of Toronto’s offense come from players with fewer than five goals this season. The goal scorers have combined for just 13 goals.

Luke Schenn, Mike Brown and Keith Aulie also scored for the Maple Leafs (32-31-10).

Adam McQuaid and Dan Paille had goals for Northeast Division-leading Boston, 1-3-3 in its past seven games.

Toronto kept pace with eighth-place Buffalo, which beat Atlanta 8-2 on Saturday. The Leafs are four points back with nine games remaining.

It was the first trip back to Toronto for Tomas Kaberle since the defenseman was dealt to Boston on Feb. 18. He played the first 878 games of his NHL career with the Maple Leafs, leaving him eighth on the franchise list, and admitted before the game that he had “mixed feelings” about his return.

A video tribute during the first period earned Kaberle a standing ovation, and he acknowledged the fans with a couple of waves. Otherwise it was a night for him to forget.

Schenn opened the scoring at 9:44 of the first period. With Bobby Orr watching from a private box, the stay-at-home defenseman went end to end and beat Tim Thomas with a high wrist shot for his fourth goal.

McQuaid tied it 1-1 just over two minutes later when his shot from the corner deflected off Dion Phaneuf’s skate and past James Reimer. The Maple Leafs’ goalie was solid after being given the night off Thursday when Toronto lost 4-0 at Florida.

The first goal of Kadri’s career came at 12:26 and needed video review. His wrist shot from the point hit McQuaid’s arm and fooled Thomas. The 2009 first-round pick flashed a big grin when his name was announced.

Toronto blew the game open in the second period shortly after Reimer denied Tyler Seguin on a clear breakaway. Crabb and Brown scored 39 seconds apart to make it 4-1 for the Maple Leafs and chase Thomas from the net. Tuukka Rask was sent in as a replacement, but he allowed a wrist shot from Aulie to beat him at 17:23. He watched the third period from the bench after Thomas came back in.

Paille scored with less than 20 seconds to play.

SABRES 8, THRASHERS 2: Nathan Gerbe and Tyler Ennis scored 1:50 apart in the second period, and host Buffalo opened ground in the tight Eastern Conference playoff race with a rout of Atlanta.

Rob Niedermayer scored twice and Ryan Miller made 28 saves — and stopped Evander Kane’s penalty shot — to become the eighth NHL goalie with six consecutive 30-win seasons. Mark Mancari had a goal and two assists, and Tyler Myers had three assists for eighth-place Buffalo.

ISLANDERS 4, PANTHERS 3: Frans Nielsen and P.A. Parenteau scored in the shootout to lift New York at Sunrise, Fla.

Sergei Samsonov and Mike Santorelli were both stopped in the tiebreaker by New York’s Rick DiPietro, who made his first start in six weeks.

SENATORS 3, LIGHTNING 2: Jason Spezza scored a goal at 3:28 of overtime to cap Ottawa’s comeback win at home against Tampa Bay.

Ryan Shannon’s short-handed goal 12:27 into the third spoiled Dwayne Roloson’s shutout bid and drew Ottawa within 2-1. Nick Foligno tied it with his 12th goal at 16:05. Curtis McElhinney stopped 34 shots for Ottawa.

BLUE JACKETS 5, WILD 4: Antoine Vermette scored the winning goal with 33.5 seconds left in overtime, lifting Columbus at St. Paul, Minn.

Rick Nash broke out of a slump with two goals and two assists for Columbus, his first goals since Feb. 22.

PREDATORS 3, RED WINGS 1: Jonathon Blum had a power-play goal at 8:12 of the third period, and host Nashville beat Detroit for its fourth win in five games.

FLYERS 3, STARS 2: Ville Leino scored in the sixth round of the shootout and Philadelphia clinched a playoff spot with a win at Dallas.

NOTES: San Jose Sharks Coach Todd McLellan left the team to attend his brother-in-law’s funeral in Saskatchewan. McLellan was replaced for Saturday night’s game against St. Louis by assistant Trent Yawney.