November 9, 2013

Bruins beat Leafs 3-1

Power-play goal in the third period helps Boston beat Toronto in their first meeting since the playoffs last spring.

By Ken Powtak
The Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) – Patrice Bergeron scored a power-play goal early in the third period and Tuukka Rask stopped 33 shots, lifting the Boston Bruins to a 3-1 win over Toronto on Saturday night in the teams’ first meeting since their playoff series last spring.

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Toronto Maple Leafs’ Nazem Kadri (43) falls while battling Boston Bruins’ Torey Krug (47) and Dennis Seidenberg (44), of Germany, for the puck in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013.

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Bergeron also added an empty-netter with 22 seconds to play, and Zdeno Chara also had a power-play goal for Boston. The Bruins won for only the third time in seven games.

Joffrey Lupul scored for the Maple Leafs, who lost for just the second time in six games.

In Game 7 of the opening round of the last season’s Eastern Conference playoffs, Boston trailed by three goals with a little over 10 minutes left before forcing overtime – with the final two goals coming 31 seconds apart in the closing 90 seconds of regulation. Bergeron scored the game winner in OT, capping an improbable comeback.

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