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Bruins at Leafs game updates

TORONTO — The Bruins, missing their top playmaker in Marc Savard and shutdown defenseman in Zdeno Chara last night at the Air Canada Centre, found themselves in an expected dogfight against the last-place Maple Leafs.

After third-period goals by Patrice Bergeron and Luca Caputi sent the game into overtime, Nikolai Kulemin beat Tim Thomas with 49.7 seconds remaining in OT, handing the Bruins a 4-3 loss. Thomas was taken out by Michael Ryder on the play.s

The Bruins snapped a 1-1 tie in the second period with a five-on-three power-play goal. As Jeff Finger (holding) and Luke Schenn (delay of game) watched from the penalty box, Dennis Wideman hammered a slap shot on goal that was tipped by Mark Recchi. The puck skittered to the right of the net for Marco Sturm. With Jonas Gustavsson out of position, Sturm banked the puck into the net at 13:49 of the second.

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But with 1:22 remaining in the second, the Leafs scored the game-tying goal. After Mark Stuart lost a puck battle to Nikolai Kulemin, Carl Gunnarson had the puck at the right point. Thomas, fighting through a Wideman screen, didn’t get a look at Gunnarson’s shot until the puck was behind him, making it a 2-2 game.

The Bruins opened the scoring at 2:47 of the first period. After Gustavsson saw a Dennis Seidenberg point shot thud off his glove, Recchi pounced on the rebound and found the back of the net to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead.

Halfway through the second period, Toronto tied the score. Milan Lucic held the puck in the offensive zone, but he lost control to Luke Schenn, who started the rush the other way with an up-the-middle pass to Wayne Primeau. The former Bruin powered through Matt Hunwick to start a partial breakaway on Thomas. With a quick flick., Primeau snapped a wrister through Thomas’s pads at 10:34.

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All done in Toronto. Leafs in OT, 4-3.

20:00 3d period: 3-3
Bruins get one point. They’ll take it.

15:44 3d period: 3-3
Tim Thomas slams the door shut on Phil Kessel.

7:13 3d period: 3-3
Neither Mark Stuart nor Dennis Wideman able to clear a rebound from the slot. Luca Caputi jams away and gets the equalizer.

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3:07 3d period: Bruins 3-2
Patrice Bergeron bangs home the rebeound of a Dennis Wideman slap shot.

1:35 3d period: 2-2
Milan Lucic wrists a shot off the right post.

20:00 2d period: 2-2
Deflating late goal allowed by the Bruins. Battle of the offensively challenged clubs coming up in the third.

18:38 2d period: 2-2
Carl Gunnarson beats Tim Thomas with a long-range slapper. Might have been screened by Dennis Wideman. Nikolai Kulemin starts play by beating Mark Stuart to a loose puck.

17:30 2d period: Bruins 2-1
Luca Caputi runs Tim Thomas. Thomas doesn’t like it. No response from his teammates.

14:10 2d period: Bruins 2-1
PP1: Patrice Bergeron, Johnny Boychuk, Marco Sturm, Miroslav Satan, Michael Ryder.

13:49 2d period: Bruins 2-1
Marco Sturm with the rebound PPG. Original shot by Dennis Wideman. Still 1:47 left on Luke Schenn’s penalty.

13:36 2d period: 1-1
Delay of game on Luke Schenn. Twenty-five seconds remaining on Jeff Finger’s penalty.

12:01 2d period: 1-1
Holding on Jeff Finger. PP2: Blake Wheeler, David Krejci, Mark Recchi, Dennis Wideman, Dennis Seidenberg.

10:34 2d period: 1-1
Wayne Primeau carries the puck through Matt Hunwick, then wrists a shot through Tim Thomas’s pads. Play starts with Milan Lucic coughing up puck to Luke Schenn in offensive zone.

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8:50 2d period: Bruins 1-0
Dennis Wideman’s wrister ticks off the left post.

7:51 2d period: Bruins 1-0
Michael Ryder tips a Matt Hunwick slap shot onto the top of the net. Slick move by David Krejci to give himself some space in the offensive zone.

4:45 2d period: Bruins 1-0
Jonas Gustavsson stops Marco Sturm’s slapper, then gets over in time to get in front of Mark Recchi’s follow-up bid.

4:00 2d period: Bruins 1-0
Patrice Bergeron misses a shift. Looks like an equipment issue.

20:00 1st period: Bruins 1-0
Sorry display by the Leafs through 20 minutes. Five forgettable shots on Tim Thomas.

16:14 1st period: Bruins 1-0
Milan Lucic off for hooking.

14:50 1st period: Bruins 1-0
Extended cycle for David Krejci’s line. Pressure ends with big Dion Phaneuf hit on Michael Ryder.

5:33 1st period: Bruins 1-0
Tripping on Mark Stuart. Two-man advantage for 50 seconds.

4:23 1st period: Bruins 1-0
Hooking on Blake Wheeler.

2:47 1st period: Bruins 1-0
After Jonas Gustavsson gets a piece of Dennis Seidenberg’s point shot, Mark Recchi bangs the rebound home.

2:42 1st period: 0-0
A post-whistle chat between Shawn Thornton and Colton Orr. These two might get together later.

1:40 1st period: 0-0
A bad Matt Hunwick turnover to Carl Gunnarson. Gunnarson rips a shot off the right post.

0:00 1st period: 0-0
Brad Marchand is the healthy scratch.

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