TORONTO -- Brad Marchand scored twice in the third period, including the go-ahead goal, and the Boston Bruins defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 at Scotiabank Arena on Friday.
"It's a good win to come in here to beat that team, definitely a good game for us," the forward said. "I think it's a game we get up for, there's a lot of history with this team especially the last few years. We know that when we come in here, we're going to have to skate and compete because that's what those guys do. They can all fly, and they're all talented."
Boston has eliminated Toronto in the Eastern Conference First Round in seven games each of the past two postseasons.
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Charlie Coyle and Zdeno Chara scored, and Tuukka Rask made 28 saves for the Bruins (12-3-4), who were 0-2-2 in their previous four games after going 8-0-2 in their prior 10.
"I thought that we played much better," said Chara, the Bruins captain. "We took a lot of pride in our details and made some strong plays, and in the third I thought we played right from the first shift and pretty much controlled that period. You have to rely on some of your best players, and [Marchand] showed why he's our best player, not just for our team but in the League."
Video: BOS@TOR: Marchand cleans up own rebound for goal
Auston Matthews and Kasperi Kapanen scored, and Frederik Andersen made 30 saves for the Maple Leafs (9-8-4), who are on a season-high four-game winless streak (0-3-1).
"They came out pretty well in the third, I thought we'd played a pretty good game until then," Andersen said. "I don't know if frustration is the right word, but we definitely know we want to be better. I don't think we can be frustrated, we just have to keep at it, take ownership of it and try to do better."
Marchand put the Bruins ahead 3-2 at 5:08 when he put in his own rebound at the side of the net.
Chara scored into an empty net make it 4-2 with 1:30 left.
Marchand gave Boston a 2-1 lead 11 seconds into the third period when he got around Toronto defenseman Morgan Rielly and shot from in close before putting in his own rebound.
"First I have to win my face-off on that draw (to start the period)," Maple Leafs captain John Tavares said. "That's not good enough to lose it the way I did. From that point, we have to know our assignments and be ready, especially for that line (Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak), because they try to be very creative off face-offs."
Video: BOS@TOR: Matthews nets goal off redirection
Kapanen tied it 2-2 at 3:56 when he took a pass from Tavares and scored from the bottom of the left face-off circle.
The Bruins went up 1-0 at 13:48 of the first period when Coyle took a pass in the slot from Matt Grzelcyk, who was behind the net, and shot past Andersen's glove.
Toronto tied it 1-1 at 9:20 of the second period when Matthews deflected Jake Muzzin's point shot in the slot.
"You're way looser when it goes great, that's the way life is," Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said, "but life isn't always like that, so pull together, dig in and do things right. I have no question in the group that we believe in one another and we'll get it looked after."
Video: BOS@TOR: Coyle finishes off the feed from Grzelcyk
They said it
"There's times we can tweak them a little bit, and we did that between periods. Sometimes that line, they go well and then they overpass a little. So sure enough, they get refocused and they're hard to play against. We just challenged about, 'Are we tired of losing, or do we want to get playing the right way here?' And I think they responded very well (in the third period)." -- Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy on the line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak
"It's obviously frustrating a little bit, but you have to take the positives away. There were periods of the game we played really well, but obviously at the end of the day, you want results." -- Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly
Need to know
Matthews extended his point streak to six games (11 points; three goals, eight assists) and became the second Maple Leafs player since last season to have a home point streak of at least 10 games, joining Tavares, who had an 11-game home point streak in 2018-19. Matthews has 16 points (nine goals, seven assists) in his home streak. … Toronto forward Trevor Moore left the game with a shoulder injury in the first period after taking a hit from Boston forward Chris Wagner. He will not travel for the game at the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. Dmytro Timashov, a healthy scratch the past two games, will replace Moore. … Goalie Kasimir Kaskisuo will start for the Maple Leafs on Saturday in his NHL debut. … Toronto was without forward Alexander Kerfoot, who is out indefinitely after having surgery to repair dental fractures, it was announced Friday. … Marchand played in his 700th NHL game.
Bruins: Host the Washington Capitals on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, NESN, NBCSWA, NHL.TV)
Maple Leafs: At the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, CBC, SN360, SNO, SNW, SNP, ATTSN-PT, NHL.TV)
Video: Marchand scores twice as Bruins top Maple Leafs