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Maple Leafs 5, Bruins 4, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Maple Leafs 5, Bruins 4, SO
Boston Bruins 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 5

TORONTO (AP) - With the playoffs on the line - the Toronto Maple Leafs desperately needed the extra point that comes with winning the shootout.

Darcy Tucker scored the only goal in a shootout and the Maple Leafs rallied for a 5-4 victory over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night.

Mats Sundin scored twice and had an assist, and Bryan McCabe also scored and had an assist to help Toronto win back-to-back games for the first time since Feb. 4-7.

With the victory, the Maple Leafs remained tied with the New York Islanders for 10th place in the Eastern Conference - five points behind eighth-place Montreal for the final playoff spot. The Bruins are tied for 12th, 10 points behind Montreal.

"These extra points in the shootout are going to be very important down the stretch. Who knows how close it's going to be," Sundin said. "It could be the difference if you are going to make it in the playoffs, so we'll take that extra point."

Jason Allison also scored for Toronto.

Tucker scored on Toronto's second attempt in the shootout, faking right and then shooting it past goalie Tim Thomas.

"I thought I'd go to my forehand and bury it," Tucker said.

Marco Sturm scored twice, and Marty Reasoner and Glen Murray added goals for the Bruins, who have lost six straight.

Sturm missed the net on Boston's final shootout attempt, giving Toronto the victory. Boston is winless in six games decided by the shootout.

"There's no doubt the shootouts are going to make a difference in the standings," Boston coach Mike Sullivan said. "It will be a difference maker."

Asked if he liked the concept, Sullivan said: "What do you think?"

Backup goalie Mikael Tellqvist stopped Brad Boyes and Patrice Bergeron in the shootout. Tellqvist had 28 saves in place of Ed Belfour, who is day-to-day with a sore back.

Tellqvist robbed Boyes with a glove save at the end of overtime.

"These two points were very important to this team," Tellqvist said.

Toronto rallied from 3-1 and 4-2 deficits.

Reasoner gave Boston a 1-0 on the power play at 5:49 of the first, but Sundin tied it by converting Tomas Kaberle's drop pass at 15:14 of the first.

But just 31 seconds later, Sturm skated in front of the net untouched before putting the puck past Tellqvist.

Sturm made it 3-1 36 seconds into the second by scoring from the side of the net.

But Allison redirected Tie Domi's pass into the net at 7:39 of the second after jumping over the boards.

Murray stole the puck from Allison and scored at 12:47, giving Boston a 4-2 lead.

But Toronto scored twice on a two-man advantage after Hal Gill received a cross-checking penalty and Nick Boynton a minor and 10-minute misconduct for arguing with the officials.

McCabe followed with a shot that hit off the post and back to Sundin, who scored on the rebound at 15:08. Just 35 seconds later, McCabe tied it at 4 with a hard shot.

"It's tough to tell sometimes what is a penalty and what isn't," Sullivan said. "I think that's the frustrating part. Sometimes it's just arbitrary. It's not an easy thing to tell where that line is on a given night, but we certainly have to show some more discipline."

Asked if he thinks the players know what the NHL expects of them, Sullivan said. "I'd rather not comment on it. You don't want to know what I think."

Notes: Domi fought for the first time in a long time, tussling with Dan Lacouture in the first. Domi was recently a healthy scratch. ... Toronto rookie Ben Ondrus also fought Boston's Travis Green in the second. Ondrus, called up recently, sent Green to the ice. ... Bobby Orr received a loud ovation when shown on the videoboard.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:49
BOS
PPG - Marty Reasoner (10) Snap shot - ASST: Mariusz Czerkawski (2), Brian Leetch (24)
1 - 0 BOS
15:14
TOR
Mats Sundin (15) Snap shot - ASST: Tomas Kaberle (45), Nik Antropov (12)
1 - 1 Tie
15:45
BOS
Marco Sturm (24) Snap shot - ASST: Brad Boyes (33)
2 - 1 BOS
2nd Period
00:36
BOS
PPG - Marco Sturm (25) Snap shot - ASST: Patrice Bergeron (34), Brad Stuart (25)
3 - 1 BOS
07:39
TOR
Jason Allison (14) Backhand shot - ASST: Tie Domi (11), Chad Kilger (11)
3 - 2 BOS
12:47
BOS
Glen Murray (20) Wrist shot - ASST: Marty Reasoner (18), Andrew Alberts (3)
4 - 2 BOS
15:08
TOR
PPG - Mats Sundin (16) Wrist shot - ASST: Bryan McCabe (40), Darcy Tucker (21)
4 - 3 BOS
15:43
TOR
PPG - Bryan McCabe (19) Slapshot - ASST: Tomas Kaberle (46), Mats Sundin (35)
4 - 4 Tie
3rd Period
NONE
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDBOSTORTOTAL
1B. Boyes
M. Sundin
0 - 0
2P. Bergeron
D. Tucker
0 - 1
3M. Sturm
0 - 1
penalty summary
1st Period
00:45
BOS
Brian Leetch  Hooking against  Alexei Ponikarovsky
01:47
BOS
Brad Stuart  Tripping against  Darcy Tucker
05:29
TOR
Chad Kilger  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
07:32
TOR
Tie Domi  Fighting (maj) against  Dan Lacouture
07:32
BOS
Dan Lacouture  Fighting (maj) against  Tie Domi
07:32
BOS
Travis Green  Hi-sticking against  Ben Ondrus
19:03
TOR
Nik Antropov  Hooking against  Brian Leetch
20:00
TOR
Clarke Wilm  Slashing
2nd Period
03:36
TOR
Ben Ondrus  Fighting (maj) against  Travis Green
03:36
TOR
Darcy Tucker  Slashing against  Brad Stuart
03:36
BOS
Wayne Primeau  Roughing against  Darcy Tucker
03:36
BOS
Travis Green  Fighting (maj) against  Ben Ondrus
13:38
BOS
Mark Stuart  Hooking against  Nik Antropov
14:16
BOS
Nick Boynton  Misconduct (10 min)
14:16
BOS
Nick Boynton  Unsportsmanlike conduct
14:16
BOS
Hal Gill  Cross checking against  Matt Stajan
3rd Period
05:01
BOS
Wayne Primeau  Hooking against  Jason Allison
09:12
BOS
Nick Boynton  Tripping against  Darcy Tucker
09:23
BOS
Travis Green  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
14:44
TOR
Nik Antropov  Tripping against  Brad Boyes
17:21
TOR
Alexander Khavanov  Hooking against  Nick Boynton
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Tim Thomas
SA: 33TOI: 65:00
Saves: 29EV: 17 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 14
SV%: .879SH: 0 - 0
Mikael Tellqvist
Mikael Tellqvist
SA: 32TOI: 64:24
Saves: 28EV: 18 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 9
SV%: .875SH: 3 - 3