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Boston Bruins 2, Toronto Maple Leafs 3 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Boston Bruins 2, Toronto Maple Leafs 3 FINAL
Boston Bruins 2, Toronto Maple Leafs 3

TORONTO (AP) _ Mats Sundin's clutch play put the Toronto Maple Leafs into a four-way tie for first place in the Eastern Conference.

Sundin scored twice to help the Maple Leafs beat Boston 3-2 Tuesday night and move ahead of the Bruins atop the Northeast Division.

The Toronto captain's second goal gave Toronto a 3-2 lead with 6:44 left. He leads the NHL in winning goals (10) and third-period points (33). The Maple Leafs are tied with Ottawa, Philadelphia and Tampa Bay for first overall in the Eastern Conference with 84 points. Boston has 82.

``I've never seen anything like it. It shows how competitive the league is now,'' Sundin said. ``It's going to stay this way right until the end.''

Toronto's Ed Belfour appeared headed for his second straight shutout after missing 11 of 12 games, but Martin Lapointe spoiled the bid with a goal just 17 seconds into the third.

Boston's Joe Thornton tied it five minutes later, but Sundin skated in unchecked before putting the puck between goalie Andrew Raycroft's pads.

``Mats always comes up with the big goals for us,'' Belfour said. ``How many times has he scored a big goal for us night after night? It's not surprising.''

Belfour, plagued recently by a sore back, made 19 saves including several impressive stops in the final two minutes. Fans chanted `Eddie!, Eddie!' in the final seconds. Belfour stopped 17 shots in Saturday's 3-0 victory over New Jersey.

Toronto outshot New Jersey 16-3 in the opening 20 minutes of that game, and the Maple Leafs outshot Boston 18-7 in the first period Tuesday.

``We have to find a way to get ourselves going earlier,'' Raycroft said. ``Every game is big.''

Sundin gave Toronto a 1-0 lead from the side of the net after Toronto won a faceoff less than three minutes in.

Ponikarovsky's shot deflected off the skate of Boston defenseman Nick Boynton and in at 1:51 of the second.

Lapointe shot the puck in off Belfour's skate as he skated behind the net, and Thornton tied it just over five minutes later by putting his own rebound past Belfour.

The second period featured three fights after Toronto's Bryan McCabe checked Thornton into the boards in the second. Boynton went after Belfour and fought Toronto's Drake Berehowksy.

After McCabe left the penalty box for his boarding infraction, Thornton sent him to the ice in a one-sided fight.

About three minutes later, Toronto's Gary Roberts fought ex-teammate Travis Green, who didn't look like he wanted to fight after he dropped his gloves.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:32
TOR
Mats Sundin (24) ASST: Drake Berehowsky (18), Alexander Mogilny (10)
1 - 0 TOR
2nd Period
01:51
TOR
Alexei Ponikarovsky (9) ASST: Joe Nieuwendyk (23), Tomas Kaberle (26)
2 - 0 TOR
3rd Period
00:17
BOS
Martin Lapointe (12) ASST: P.J. Axelsson (13), Brian Rolston (27)
2 - 1 TOR
06:00
BOS
Joe Thornton (17) ASST: Sean O'Donnell (8), Mike Knuble (19)
2 - 2 Tie
13:16
TOR
Mats Sundin (25) ASST: Bryan McCabe (28), Alexander Mogilny (11)
3 - 2 TOR
penalty summary
1st Period
07:07
BOS
Daniel Mcgillis  Cross checking against  Mikael Renberg
15:13
BOS
Doug Doull  Roughing against  Tie Domi
15:13
TOR
Tie Domi  Roughing
2nd Period
02:28
BOS
Hal Gill  Elbowing against  Owen Nolan
12:38
TOR
Alexander Mogilny  Too many men/ice - bench
13:20
TOR
Bryan McCabe  Boarding against  Joe Thornton
13:20
TOR
Drake Berehowsky  Fighting (maj) against  Nick Boynton
13:20
BOS
Nick Boynton  Fighting (maj) against  Drake Berehowsky
13:20
BOS
Nick Boynton  Roughing against  Bryan McCabe
16:01
BOS
Joe Thornton  Fighting (maj) against  Bryan McCabe
16:01
TOR
Bryan McCabe  Fighting (maj) against  Joe Thornton
19:08
BOS
Travis Green  Fighting (maj) against  Gary Roberts
19:08
TOR
Gary Roberts  Fighting (maj) against  Travis Green
3rd Period
NONE
goalie stats
Andrew Raycroft
SA: 35TOI: 60:00
Saves: 32EV: 31 - 34
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .914SH: 0 - 0
Ed Belfour
Ed Belfour
SA: 21TOI: 60:00
Saves: 19EV: 17 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .905SH: 1 - 1