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Leafs lose to Boston in overtime

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
BOSTON (AP) -- Joe Thornton missed a chance to win the game for the Boston Bruins with his first shot in overtime. When the puck rebounded to him, Thornton made sure it went into the net.

Joe Thornton won it for the Bruins in overtime.

Thornton jammed in his own rebound past Corey Schwab 12 seconds into overtime to lead the Bruins to a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.

"I thought the puck hit him in the chest, but it seemed to drop down and I knocked it in," Thornton said. "This was a huge win for us, because the first game back after a long road trip is always the toughest to win."

Byron Dafoe, who entered with the second-best goals-against average in the NHL, made 16 saves and has allowed three goals in his last five games against Toronto.

Newly acquired Glen Murray, traded to Boston with Jozef Stumpel from Los Angeles for Allison and Mikko Eloranta on Wednesday, missed a point-blank chance with eight seconds remaining in regulation.

Tie Domi gave the Leafs a 1-0 lead at 3:57 of the second period when he deflected a shot past Dafoe. Domi scored a career-high 13 goals last year and played in only his second game since returning from an 11-game suspension.

"Corey gave us a chance to win, but we just didn't take advantage of it," Domi said of Schwab, who made 30 saves in his first start for the Maple Leafs. "We aren't playing a full 60 minutes of hockey right now and we can't win that way."

Brian Rolston tied it 1-1 with 2:39 remaining in the second on a power-play goal to help snap a scoring drought of 104 minutes, 19 seconds for the Bruins, who improved to 4-0 at home. Rolston scored his team-leading sixth goal when he one-timed a slap shot past Schwab.

"We've been having a hard time scoring lately," Rolston said. "The players we have acquired will help us tremendously and they showed immediate chemistry with (Bill) Guerin."

Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn, who has played in 609 NHL games, coached in his 1,000th on Thursday night.

"Having the opportunity to be involved in the greatest game in the world for as long as I have is marvelous," Quinn said.

Sergei Samsonov had two assists for the Bruins, who have not allowed more than three goals in a game this season.

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