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game recap

Maple Leafs 2, Bruins 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Maple Leafs 2, Bruins 1
Boston Bruins 1, Toronto Maple Leafs 2

TORONTO (AP) - The Maple Leafs ended their slump by regaining their scoring touch on the power play.

Bryan McCabe and Darcy Tucker had goals in Toronto's 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Friday night.

McCabe also had an assist for the Maple Leafs, who netted both goals on the power play just one night after going 0-for-9 with the man advantage in a 4-1 loss at Boston.

``We've had a tough couple of weeks here. We needed a win here to get our confidence going,'' McCabe said. ``We can have fun over Christmas now.''

Toronto has struggled recently because of their power-play woes, losing five of seven while going 6-for-47 (13 percent) with an extra man. The Maple Leafs got off to a strong start this season because they are the NHL's third-highest scoring team in power-play chances.

``I kind of wished it was there last night, too,'' Toronto coach Pat Quinn said of the power-play goals.

McCabe, who leads the league with 28 power-play points, gave Toronto a 2-1 lead at 7:52 of the third period on a two-man advantage with a hard one-timer from in front. The veteran defenseman got down on one knee and pumped his fist, something that hasn't been seen much lately.

Sergei Samsonov scored for the Bruins, who have lost five of seven. Boston's Hannu Toivonen took the loss, but made several impressive stops and finished with 26 saves.

``That was a game that was up for grabs for either team,'' Toivonen said. ``It's a tough loss. We have to learn not to take that many penalties.''

Toronto's Ed Belfour made 25 saves for his 449th career victory.

The Leafs honored Belfour before the game for moving into sole possession of second place on the NHL's career wins list on Monday. They gave him a framed picture of himself that included the scorecard from his first game and his 448th victory. Fans gave him a standing ovation and chanted his name.

``I had to get the focus back,'' Belfour said. ``I've been a part of some of those nights before and they are always emotional and special.''

Samsonov scored on the power play with a one-timer from the circle, giving Boston a 1-0 lead at 4:21 of the second.

Tucker tied it about four minutes later with a one-timer from the side of the net.

Notes: The Bruins are 3-2-1 against the Maple Leafs this season. ... Toronto went 2-for-9 on the power play. ... Eric Lindros (wrist), Nik Antropov (knee) and Alex Steen (thumb) remained out of the Leafs lineup.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
04:21
BOS
PPG - Sergei Samsonov (14) ASST: Brian Leetch (14), Patrice Bergeron (13)
1 - 0 BOS
08:14
TOR
PPG - Darcy Tucker (15) ASST: Tomas Kaberle (24), Bryan McCabe (30)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
07:52
TOR
PPG - Bryan McCabe (12) ASST: Tomas Kaberle (25), Jason Allison (27)
2 - 1 TOR
penalty summary
1st Period
00:54
TOR
Darcy Tucker  Holding against  Patrice Bergeron
04:00
BOS
Hannu Toivonen  Tripping against  Jeff O'Neill
14:03
BOS
Wayne Primeau  Tripping against  Kyle Wellwood
20:00
TOR
Matt Stajan  Tripping against  Brad Boyes
2nd Period
02:30
TOR
Alexander Khavanov  Holding against  Glen Murray
02:46
TOR
Carlo Colaiacovo  Tripping against  Alexei Zhamnov
06:54
BOS
David Tanabe  Holding against  Mats Sundin
07:33
BOS
Brad Stuart  Hooking against  Mats Sundin
10:41
BOS
Marco Sturm  Tripping against  Jason Allison
3rd Period
05:49
BOS
Milan Jurcina  Hooking against  Jason Allison
07:03
BOS
David Tanabe  Delaying Game - Puck over glass
11:41
BOS
Alexei Zhamnov  Hooking against  Alexander Khavanov
16:41
BOS
Alexei Zhamnov  Hooking against  Jason Allison
16:41
BOS
Alexei Zhamnov  Unsportsmanlike conduct
19:32
TOR
Ken Klee  Tripping against  Brian Leetch
goalie stats
Hannu Toivonen
SA: 28TOI: 59:10
Saves: 26EV: 14 - 14
PIM: 2PP: 12 - 14
SV%: .929SH: 0 - 0
Ed Belfour
Ed Belfour
SA: 26TOI: 59:51
Saves: 25EV: 17 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .962SH: 3 - 3