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Kubina shootout goal helps Maple Leafs beat Bruins 4-3 in NHL pre-season

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BOSTON - Defenceman Pavel Kubina converted the only goal of a 14-shot shootout Saturday, giving the Toronto Maple Leafs a 4-3 pre-season victory over the Boston Bruins.

Boston goalie Tim Thomas had to touch only one of the first six shoots in the shootout - with two hitting posts - before Kubina walked in and scored on a backhander. Boston's Petteri Nokelainen then got the puck past Toronto's Scott Clemmensen, but his shot hit the crossbar.

John Pohl and Chad Kilger had a goal and an assist and Nik Antropov two assists for Toronto (2-1-1). Phil Kessel and Bobby Allen both had a goal and an assist for the Bruins (1-1-1) in a game that included 78 penalty minutes.

The Bruins completed a comeback from a 2-0 deficit and took a 3-2 third-period lead on their third power play goal, with Nate Thompson scoring at 6:56. But the Maple Leafs came right back and tied it on a goal by Pohl just 24 seconds later.

Toronto's John Mitchell opened the scoring by beating Thomas from the slot on the power play at 9:10 of the first period. The Maple Leafs made it 2-0 nine minutes later when Kilger scored, also on the power play.

The Bruins struck twice in the second period. Kessel beat Clemmensen at 6:35 and Allen took a pass from Kessel and sent a slap shot past Clemmensen, his former Boston College teammate, at 18:27.

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