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Final: Bruins 3, Maple Leafs 2 (shootout)

Posted by Michael Vega, Globe Staff  March 25, 2013 06:49 PM

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Final: Bruins 3, Maple Leafs 2 (shootout): The Bruins scored a 3-2 shootout victory over the Maple Leafs Monday night before a sellout TD Garden crowd of 17,565, avenging a 3-2 loss at Toronto Saturday night. Patrice Bergeron, who tallied the tying goal at 10:36 of the third period, followed a shootout goal by Tyler Seguin with one of his own and Tuukka Rask stopped a last-gasp shootout bid by Nikolai Kulemin to seal the victory.,

End of overtime: Maple Leafs 2, Bruins 2Rask continued to stand on his head for the Bruins during the 5-minute overtime period, stopping a a pair of blistering shots on net. Shootout time.

End of regulation: Maple Leafs 2, Bruins 2 After Patrice Bergeron tallied the tying goal at 10:36, Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask helped send it into overtime after making a pair of sparkling glove saves on Nazem Kadri (17:42) and Joffrey Lupul (18:55) from the left circle.

Penalty, Boston-Toronto, 13:08: Andrew Ference and Dion Phaneuf were sent off for matching roughing penalties, creating a 4-on-4 situation.

Maple Leafs 2, Bruins 2, 10:36: Patrice Bergeron potted his ninth goal of the season, scoring the tying goal when Doug Hamilton dug the puck from the boards behind the net and found Bergeron on the doorstep. Bergeron one-timed it with a backhanded shovel that beat Reimer and Toronto defenseman Dion Phaneuf.

Penalty, Boston: 0:30 Patrice Bergeron was sent off for hooking 30 seconds into the third, giving Toronto its third power play opportunity of the night.

Second intermission: Maple Leafs 2, Bruins 1: The Bruins ramped up the puck pressure on Toronto netminder James Reimer who faced 12 shots in the period and turned away all except for Milan Lucic's nifty point-blank wrister that enabled Boston to pull within 2-1 at 9:49. The Bruins entered the game with a 2-2-2 record when trailing after the second period.

Second period

Penalty, Boston, 16:37: Dennis Seidenberg was sent off for slashing after he was caught whacking Phil Kessel. After the Bruins killed off the penalty, Seidenberg came open in the neutral zone when he came out of the box, but Jay Pandolfo was unable to connect when his clearing pass was deflected high into the air.

Maple Leafs 2, Bruins 1, 9:49: Milan Lucic put the Bruins on the board when he tallied his fifth goal of the season after taking a clearing pass from Rich Peverley, who retrieved a loose puck on the right sideboards. Lucic came sweeping into the zone with size and speed from the right wing and beat James Reimer when he snaped a nifty point-blank wrister on the short side.

Maple Leafs 2, Bruins 0, 8:01: Nikolai Kulemin converted on a solo breakaway rush after he was sprung by Nazem Kadri's pin-point pass through the neutral zone and the heart of Boston's defense. Kulemin broke in on Rask, faking right and then going left for a wrister that beat Rask top shelf.

Maple Leafs 1, Bruins 0, PPG, 2:04: Toronto capitalized on its first man-advantage opportunity when Joffrey Lupul potted Jake Gardiner's crisp diagonal pass to the left post, where Lupul beat Tuukka Rask on the far side.

Penalty, Boston, 0:27: Aaron Johnson put Toronto on the power play for the first time in the game when he was sent off for interference for his neutral-zone flattening of Nazem Kadri.

First period

End of first period: Bruins 0, Maple Leafs 0: The Bruins outshot Toronto, 9-6, in the first period and failed to capitalize on a power-play opportunity when Colton Orr went off for boarding at 17:19. Milan Lucic, demoted to the third line, was animated and slammed the gate open and shut in frustration after being shut out on his power-play shift. The scoreless stalemate in the first marked the 13th time this season the B's had been held without a goal after the first period, entering with a 7-3-2 record in those games.

Penalty: Toronto, 17:19: Colton Orr was sent off to serve a boarding infraction, giving the Bruins the man advantage for the first time in the game.

Bruins 0, Maple Leafs 0, 8:24: The Bruins missed a couple of prime goal-mouth opportunities when Jay Pandolfo, camped out on the post, was unable to tuck the puck past Toronto goaltender James Reimer at 2:57 and when Rich Peverley fished the puck from the boards and missed connecting with Milan Lucic who was sitting on the doorstep at 8:24.

PregameGreetings from TD Garden, where the Bruins (20-7-3) will attempt to rebound from a 3-2 loss to the Maple Leafs (17-12-3) Saturday in Toronto by hosting the Leafs: Here are what the lines will look like for the Bruins:

Marchand-Krejci-Horton
Paille-Bergeron-Seguin
Lucic-Peverley-Caron
Pandolfo-Campbell-Thornton

The defensive pairings might be a little muddled with Adam McQuaid (shoulder) out for 4-6 weeks and Johnny Boychuk (leg) out for the game.

Actually, here ARE the defensive pairings for Monday night's game:

Seidenberg-Bartkowski
Chara-Hamilton
Ference-Johnson


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