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Leafs rally to stun Bruins 4-3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

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Leafs rally to stun Bruins 4-3
Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Boston Bruins 3
Mikhail Grabovski scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:01 remaining and the Toronto Maple Leafs rallied for a 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night.

Grabovski and former Bruin Phil Kessel both scored two goals for Toronto, which fell behind 3-2 on Patrice Bergeron's 20th goal of the season with 10:52 to play. But Kessel's second goal of the game tied it with 6:33 left, and Grabovski's game-winner -- on an end-to-end rush -- extended Boston's losing streak to three straight.

"Grabo was getting hit by everybody on their team and he ended up scoring a great goal -- his retribution was to score," Leafs coach Ron Wilson said.

Joffrey Lupul had a pair of assists, his first points with Toronto, and James Reimer finished with 32 saves.

Tim Thomas stopped 24 shots for the Bruins, who have allowed 20 goals in their last four games. Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille also scored for the Bruins.

Boston continued to struggle in its final home appearance before a six-game road trip. The Bruins have lost four of five. They were sloppy through the first two periods, then again in the final 10 minutes as Toronto came from behind and left the Bruins stunned.

"Unacceptable," coach Claude Julien said. "I think it's one of those situations where if you have any sense of pride, you're embarrassed about tonight."

Kessel, still unpopular in Boston for holding out until he was traded in 2009, was booed throughout the night. He jumped on a turnover by Zdeno Chara at the blue line, got around Andrew Ference for a mini-breakaway and faked out Thomas with a forehand shot to tie the game with 6:33 remaining.

The game appeared headed for overtime until Grabovski, who was dazed by Chara on a headfirst hit into the boards in the first period, took a pass from Clarke MacArthur in his own zone, beat two defensemen and fired a sharp-angled shot past Thomas.

"I was trying to take him and the guy cutting to the back door instead of just taking the shot," Thomas said. "So I left an opening and he took it."

"I like play like that," Grabovski said. "I like when defensemen play hard against me. It gives me motivation, and I play harder and faster."

Bergeron broke a 2-all tie with an even-strength goal with 10:52 left. Adam McQuaid fired a shot from the point and Bergeron was in place for the rebound despite getting smothered by defenseman Dion Phaneuf as he poked the puck into the net for his first goal in five games.

Grabovski, who drew a penalty when he was driven into the boards by Chara in the first, put Toronto up 2-1 early in the second on a lucky bounce off Boston defenseman Steven Kampfer's leg for a wide-open backhand.

The Bruins tied it at 2 with 1:26 to go in the first on a power-play goal. Reimer couldn't handle a shot from the slot by Brad Marchand and the rebound bounced up in the crease, where Campbell knocked it in. The play withstood a video review.

Kessel's first goal was also on a high rebound, but his stick was below the crossbar and the goal was deemed OK. The Maple Leafs were already on a power play when Chara was called for boarding, giving Toronto 1 second of a 5-on-3 advantage. That was enough time for the Leafs to win the faceoff and get a shot from Lupul, who hit Thomas. But the puck bounced right to Kessel for a mid-air one-timer -- his first goal ever against his former team.

Paille, coming off a four-game suspension for a blind-side hit on Dallas' Raymond Sawada on Feb. 3, put Boston up 1-0 with 11:56 left in the first when the puck deflected off a Toronto player's skate.

After the game, the Bruins acquired forward Chris Kelly from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2011 Entry Draft.

Material from wire services and team media was used in this report.

scoring summary
1st Period
08:04
BOS
Daniel Paille (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Mark Stuart (4), Gregory Campbell (12)
1 - 0 BOS
17:22
TOR
PPG - Phil Kessel (20) Snap shot - ASST: Dion Phaneuf (12), Joffrey Lupul (9)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
04:35
TOR
Mikhail Grabovski (23) Backhand shot - ASST: Mike Komisarek (9), Carl Gunnarsson (6)
2 - 1 TOR
18:34
BOS
PPG - Gregory Campbell (8) Tip-in - ASST: Brad Marchand (15), Michael Ryder (18)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
09:08
BOS
Patrice Bergeron (20) Wrist shot - ASST: Adam McQuaid (8), Mark Recchi (29)
3 - 2 BOS
13:27
TOR
PPG - Phil Kessel (21) Wrist shot - ASST: Joffrey Lupul (10), Tomas Kaberle (34)
3 - 3 Tie
18:59
TOR
Mikhail Grabovski (24) Snap shot - ASST: Clarke MacArthur (28), Dion Phaneuf (13)
4 - 3 TOR
penalty summary
1st Period
15:18
BOS
David Krejci  Hooking against  Clarke MacArthur
17:17
BOS
Zdeno Chara  Boarding against  Mikhail Grabovski
2nd Period
08:37
TOR
Dion Phaneuf  Slashing against  Milan Lucic
12:26
TOR
Keith Aulie  Interference against  Tyler Seguin
16:44
TOR
Mikhail Grabovski  Hi-sticking against  Mark Stuart
3rd Period
13:09
BOS
Dennis Seidenberg  Cross checking against  Dion Phaneuf
14:14
TOR
Keith Aulie  Hooking against  Michael Ryder
goalie stats
James Reimer
SA: 35TOI: 59:53
Saves: 32EV: 27 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .914SH: 0 - 0
Tim Thomas
SA: 28TOI: 59:12
Saves: 24EV: 19 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 6
SV%: .857SH: 1 - 1