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Leafs' Bozak scores rare 3-on-5 goal

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Tyler Bozak made some history on Wednesday night by becoming only the second player in the history of the Toronto Maple Leafs to score while his team was playing two men short.

Bozak lost a faceoff in his own zone, but knocked the puck past Brian Rolston at the point, raced in on a breakaway and beat Martin Brodeur with a backhander at 12:42 of the third period. The goal cut the Leafs' deficit to 3-2, but they allowed an empty-netter in the final seconds for a 4-2 loss.

"I have missed quite a few shorthanded breakaways this season," Bozak said. "I can't tell you what I did. I went in there and thought I'd go backhand, and it worked."

The only other Leaf to score a 3-on-5 goal was Darryl Sittler, who did it on March 19, 1980, in a 9-1 win against the Winnipeg Jets.

Devils coach Jacques Lemaire couldn't recall his team giving up goal with a two-man advantage.

"It's hard to take because first of all we struggle on the power play," he said. "When you let a goal up, it makes it worse."

It was the second 3-on-5 goal scored in the NHL this season. Boston's Gregory Campbell did it against Montreal on March 24. Frans Nielsen of the New York Islanders scored on a penalty shot on Oct. 30 after being hauled down on a breakaway with his team down two men.

Material from wire services was used in this report
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