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Bruins blow lead, top Maple Leafs in shootout

by Mike Brophy /

TORONTO -- David Krejci scored the shootout winner, and Brad Marchand had two goals to help the Boston Bruins defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 at Air Canada Centre on Monday.

The Bruins (11-8-1) have won three in a row. The Maple Leafs (7-10-5) have lost two straight. Boston defeated Toronto 2-0 on Saturday.

Marchand scored once in his first five games, but he has five goals in his past four. His streak coincides with the Bruins' improvement.

"I think he is playing more of a straight-line game taking pucks to the net," Boston coach Claude Julien said. "He is chipping and chasing pucks. At one point when he was struggling, he was kind of stick-handling in the same spot until eventually he'd lose the puck. Now, even on faceoffs, I see him jumping so well and getting to loose pucks. Right now he's playing the type of game we want him to play."

Marchand had five shots on goal in 19:23 of ice time.

"I think sometimes you get the bounces and sometimes you don't," he said. "The biggest thing is, you want to try to stay on an even keel all the time. Right now it's just great that we're winning games and you want to keep going."

Marchand scored a shorthanded goal 4:58 into the game to give Boston a 1-0 lead. Toronto goalie James Reimer stopped a shot by Patrice Bergeron, but the rebound flew high into the air, allowing Marchand to swat it baseball-style into the net. The play was reviewed and it was ruled Marchand's stick was below the crossbar.

"I just wanted to get it out in front to [Bergeron] and Reimer made a pretty good save," Marchand said. "I just wanted to get a whack at it before anyone got back to the net. Luckily it went in."

Boston made it 2-0 at 12:39 when left-shooting Zac Rinaldo broke into the Toronto zone on the right wing and snapped a shot past Reimer on the short side for his first goal of the season.

Joffrey Lupul made it 2-1 when he scored his eighth goal of the season at 11:54. With the Bruins about to be assessed a penalty, the Maple Leafs maintained possession of the puck with Reimer on the bench for an extra skater. Lupul got the puck, carried it to the high slot and snapped a shot through a crowd past Boston goalie Tuukka Rask.

The Maple Leafs tied the score 2-2 on Leo Komarov's seventh goal of the season 12:56 into the second period. Komarov scooped a rebound in tight and slammed it past Rask.

Marchand gave the Bruins a 3-2 lead at 14:40 with his second of the game. The goal originally was credited to Landon Ferraro, who the Bruins claimed off waivers from the Detroit Red Wings this weekend, but Ferraro said he did not push Marchand's shot into the net between Reimer and the post.

Tyler Bozak tied it 3-3 1:29 later when he popped a rebound past Rask for his fourth of the season.

The Bruins had a chance to take the lead with 4:33 remaining in the third when a puck bounced over Reimer and was headed into the goal, but Toronto defenseman Morgan Rielly dove and swatted it away.

Julien said at the end of the season you look back on a game like this one and say "A win is a win," but for now there are things about how the Bruins played that left him concerned.

"Our puck management and our overall game was kind of average," Julien said. "The first period was good, but in the second period the power play didn't do much on two chances and it gave them some life to get back in the game."

Toronto coach Mike Babcock did not fault Reimer for the Maple Leafs falling behind 2-0 in the first period.

"They got two goals early, and in fairness to [Reimer], he had been carrying us," Babcock said. "I thought our team played hard and did a good job. We had a lull after they got two, and then we got ourselves regrouped and played hard. We had a lot of chances."

The Maple Leafs have four days off before hosting the Washington Capitals on Saturday. Babcock said he would use some of the practice time to work on the 4-on-3 power play.

"I didn't think we were dangerous 4-on-3," Babcock said. "So we'll have to fix that."

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