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Maple Leafs tie Bruins late, win in overtime

Marleau scores after van Riemsdyk evens game with one minute left in third

by Dave McCarthy / NHL.com Correspondent

TORONTO -- Patrick Marleau scored 1:07 into overtime to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 3-2 win against the Boston Bruins at Air Canada Centre on Friday.

 

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James van Riemsdyk scored his second goal with 1:00 left in the third period to tie it 2-2, and Frederik Andersen made 33 saves for the Maple Leafs (11-7-0), who have won three in a row.

"I thought it was a good game. I really thought Boston did a real nice job, I didn't think there was any room, there wasn't lots of plays," Toronto coach Mike Babcock said. "It was probably boring actually for the crowd, but it was good for me, I liked it that way. It was a good night for our team; obviously it looked like we were getting nothing and then suddenly you get two (points), so that's positive." 

Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak scored, and Anton Khudobin made 30 saves for the Bruins (6-5-4), who are 1-3-0 in their past four games.

Video: BOS@TOR: Pastrnak nets rebound on power play for lead

Marleau redirected a pass from Jake Gardiner past Khudobin at the top of the crease to finish a 3-on-2 with Mitchell Marner that resulted when Pastrnak turned over the puck in the offensive zone.

"I tried to poke it through [Marner] and I guess it hit his skate and it was an unlucky play," Pastrnak said. "I tried to make a 1-on-1 move and fell down because I tried to poke it to the right side and tried to do a spin on the other side. When I did that, I tripped over his leg and wasn't able to catch him."

Van Riemsdyk tied it with six attackers on the ice, redirecting a shot from Marner past Khudobin at the top of the crease.

"It was a little bit disappointing for us to give up a goal that late, but they made a good play," Bruins captain Zdeno Chara said. "They had obviously an extra player on the ice, they found him and they put it in the net. In the overtime, I thought we had some scoring chances early on and then obviously we lost the puck and it was an odd-number situation the other way and they made a good play."

Marner assisted on the tying and winning goals.

"Yeah, they were huge points, both really great plays," Marleau said. "He's coming into his own these past few games and playing really well."

Andersen made two saves immediately before Pastrnak put the rebound over his blocker at the top of the crease to put the Bruins up 2-1 at 14:30 of the third period. 

Boston took a 1-0 lead at 15:38 of the second period when Bergeron took a pass from Brad Marchand at the top of the right face-off circle and one-timed a shot over Andersen's blocker.

Video: BOS@TOR: Marchand feeds Bergeron for one-time tally

Van Riemsdyk put a rebound past Khudobin's right pad at the top of the crease on the power play to tie it 1-1 with 16 seconds left in the period. 

Toronto was 1-for-6 on the power play; Boston was 1-for-4. The teams play each other again Saturday in Boston.

 

Goal of the game

Marleau's goal at 1:07 of overtime.

Video: BOS@TOR: Marleau nets tic-tac-toe goal for OT winner

 

Save of the game

Andersen's glove save on Marchand 45 seconds into overtime.

Video: BOS@TOR: Andersen stones Marchand in overtime

 

Highlight of the game

Van Riemsdyk's goal at 19:00 of the third period.

Video: BOS@TOR: van Riemsdyk jams home power-play goal

 

They said it

"Well, the tying goal, three guys had the puck that we trust to get the job done, we didn't get it out, we were soft on it and I can't sugarcoat it. That's what happened. If you have to ice it, that's fine. We're not against that in those situations, it's not our first choice obviously, but we didn't get it out. They kept it in and made a play. Once you get that many guys around the net and start to get fatigued, they had one more (player) than us and they found him." -- Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy on the tying goal

"It's definitely nice. I didn't know for sure, but I thought Pastrnak maybe fell or lost an edge in our own zone, so I thought we had some good time going up the ice. I tried to draw both defensemen into me, and Jake [Gardiner] made a great pass to Patty. He's not going to miss that one." -- Maple Leafs forward Mitchell Marner on the winning goal

 

Need to know

Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews (upper body) missed his second straight game. He will not travel to Boston for the game Saturday. … Andersen is 9-0-0 against the Bruins. … Bergeron led the Bruins with six shots and won 68 percent of his face-offs (19-for-28).

 

What's next

Bruins: Host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, CBC, CITY, NESN, NHL.TV)

Maple Leafs: At the Boston Bruins on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, CBC, CITY, NESN, NHL.TV)

 

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