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Bruins 4, Maple Leafs 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Bruins 4, Maple Leafs 1
Toronto Maple Leafs 1, Boston Bruins 4

BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Bruins finally played with some confidence.

The Bruins turned in a strong effort in the third period and got outstanding goaltending to win only their second game in their last seven at home Thursday night.

Alexei Zhamnov got the tiebreaking goal, his first score of the season, and Hannu Toivonen stopped 26 shots to lead the Boston Bruins to a 4-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"We played better with the lead than we have and tonight showed us we can do that," Toivonen said. "We needed to build confidence with the lead and we did that and got some points tonight."

Travis Green, Wayne Primeau and Brad Stuart also scored, and Brian Leetch had three assists as Boston won for the second time in its last seven games at home.

The Bruins improved to 3-1-1 against the Maple Leafs this season.

Toronto, the league's third-highest scoring team in power-play opportunities, was 0-for-9 with the man advantage. Toivonen stopped two-man advantages in each of the first two periods.

"We've got to do a better job on the power-play," Maple Leaf defenseman Bryan McCabe said. "Those are key situations and when we don't produce we don't win."

Mikael Tellqvist had 21 saves for the Maple Leafs.

Green's fourth goal of the season gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead with 1:43 left in the first period.

Toronto tied the game at 1 at 12:50 of the second period as Mariusz Czerkawsi got his third goal of the year on a shot from just above the left faceoff circle.

"We're not consistent enough at putting the puck on the net and when you miss the net, it's basically a turnover," Toronto coach Pat Quinn said.

Zhamnov regained Boston's lead on a backhander off a rebound at 15:52.

"Sometimes you forget what it feels like to score and getting that second one was very important for us tonight," Zhamnov said. "When I saw the empty net in front of me I almost lost the puck."

Primeau scored his first goal - and his first point with the Bruins at 6:23 of the third period to give Boston a 3-1 lead. Stuart capped the scoring with a power-play goal with 32 seconds left in the game.

The teams conclude their home-and-home series Friday night at Toronto.

Notes: Zhamnov was playing in his 800th career game. ... The Bruins played only three home games in December, with nine road contests. ... Three Boston players Marco Sturm (Germany), P.J. Axelsson (Sweden) and Milan Jurcina (Slovakia) have been chosen to represent their countries in the Olympics. ... The Maple Leafs are 6-1 when they score a short-handed goal. ... After scoring nine goals in their last game against the New York Islanders, the Leafs were held scoreless on eight shots in the first period.

scoring summary
1st Period
18:17
BOS
Travis Green (4) Snap shot - ASST: Glen Murray (11), Brian Leetch (11)
1 - 0 BOS
2nd Period
12:50
TOR
Mariusz Czerkawski (3) Slapshot - ASST: Mats Sundin (13), Darcy Tucker (9)
1 - 1 Tie
15:52
BOS
Alexei Zhamnov (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Marco Sturm (13), Brian Leetch (12)
2 - 1 BOS
3rd Period
06:23
BOS
Wayne Primeau (6) Snap shot - ASST: Brad Isbister (7), Brian Leetch (13)
3 - 1 BOS
19:37
BOS
PPG - Brad Stuart (3) Snap shot - ASST: Sergei Samsonov (14), Patrice Bergeron (12)
4 - 1 BOS
penalty summary
1st Period
07:46
BOS
Wayne Primeau  Hooking
09:39
BOS
Travis Green  Slashing
10:52
TOR
Bryan McCabe  Hooking
16:12
TOR
Alexei Ponikarovsky  Hooking
19:38
TOR
Alexander Khavanov  Hooking
19:59
BOS
Marco Sturm  Holding
2nd Period
02:40
TOR
Alexander Khavanov  Tripping
05:13
BOS
Travis Green  Hi-sticking
05:13
BOS
Travis Green  Hi-sticking
07:48
BOS
Marco Sturm  Hooking
09:19
TOR
Bryan McCabe  Unsportsmanlike conduct
10:02
BOS
David Tanabe  Holding
16:43
TOR
Mariusz Czerkawski  Hooking
3rd Period
06:40
BOS
David Tanabe  Interference
06:42
TOR
Mats Sundin  Interference
15:23
BOS
Brad Boyes  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
18:34
TOR
Ken Klee  Hooking
19:41
BOS
Dan Lacouture  Fighting (maj)
19:41
TOR
Tie Domi  Fighting (maj)
goalie stats
Mikael Tellqvist
Mikael Tellqvist
SA: 25TOI: 59:54
Saves: 21EV: 16 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .840SH: 2 - 2
Hannu Toivonen
SA: 27TOI: 60:00
Saves: 26EV: 19 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .963SH: 1 - 1