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Pastrnak, Marchand spark Bruins in win against Maple Leafs

Combine for four points, Ritchie breaks tie to hand Toronto second straight loss

by Matt Kalman / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Pastrnak earns 300th point on PPG

TOR@BOS: Pastrnak goes between his legs for PPG

David Pastrnak gets the puck at the side of the net, puts it between his legs and scores for a gorgeous power-play goal and his 300th NHL point

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BOSTON -- David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand each had a goal and an assist, and Brett Ritchie broke a tie in the third period when the Boston Bruins defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 at TD Garden on Tuesday.

Par Lindholm scored, and Tuukka Rask made 28 saves for the Bruins (6-1-2), who won for the first time in three games (1-0-2). They lost 4-3 in overtime at Toronto on Saturday, their previous game.

Ritchie made it 3-2 when he scored from the slot at 6:35.

 

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"It's a big goal," Ritchie said. "We're tied going into the third, and we wanted to try and jump on them. I think we knew we had fresher legs, obviously they played last night. So I'm just glad we could get the lead there and we were able to hang on."

Kasperi Kapanen and Alexander Kerfoot each had a goal and an assist, and Michael Hutchinson made 35 saves for the Maple Leafs (5-4-2), who lost their second straight game (0-1-1). They lost 4-3 in overtime at the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday.

Video: TOR@BOS: Kapanen blasts home heavy one-timer

"I thought we started good in the third [period]," Toronto coach Mike Babcock said. "It was one of those games where it was a grind the whole way. There wasn't much room for either team. I thought we hung in there great, on a back-to-back that's what you want to do. … I liked our effort, I liked our preparation, I liked the plan the guys had and the way we went about it. In the end, the game was right there in the third period, which is what you want in the balance, but we were unable to get it done."

Pastrnak scored at 10:48 of the first period, but the call was overturned after Babcock challenged for offside. 

Pastrnak scored on the power play with 2:45 left in the period to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead with his NHL-leading 10th goal. He received a pass from Marchand with his back to the goal line and, as he moved toward the Toronto net, he put the puck and his stick through his legs before sliding the puck through Hutchinson's five-hole.

"Yeah, probably instincts," Pastrnak said. "I don't know, I was thinking about [whether] I should've passed it with the backhand, but then I kind of slid it between my legs. I tried a couple times in practice, and it didn't work, but it worked today. So it was lucky, kind of a lucky goal."

Kapanen tied it 1-1 at 4:23 of the second period after Kerfoot entered the Boston zone and passed back to him for a one-timer from the right hash marks.

Marchand put the Bruins back in front 2-1 at 6:09. Pastrnak made a spinning pass from the right wall across the ice to Marchand for a wrist shot from the left hash marks.

Video: TOR@BOS: Marchand buries wrister from the slot

Kerfoot's power-play goal tied it 2-2 at 12:54. He scored on a one-timer from the high slot off a pass from Kapanen.

After Ritchie scored, Lindholm extended the Boston lead to 4-2 with 2:03 left. Sean Kuraly came out of the penalty box and led a 2-on-1 before Lindholm scored on a rebound of Kuraly's shot.

"I just don't think we spent enough time in the offensive zone and weren't heavy on pucks [in the third period]," Kapanen said. "They kept on breaking out and applying pressure to our [defense] and spending a lot of time in our zone, and eventually they're going to score when the flow of the game is going like that."

 

They said it 

"We need to be better. I think it comes from the leadership group. I need to be better. All of us need to be better. I think we just need to look each other in the eye and hold each other accountable." -- Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews 

"I'm just super happy that I've been part of this organization and a town like this so many years." -- Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask after playing his 500th NHL game, all with Boston

 

Need to know

Bruins forward Karson Kuhlman will be out at least four weeks after fracturing his right tibia in the game against the Maple Leafs on Saturday. ... Pastrnak's goal was his 300th NHL point in 329 games, making him the fourth Bruins player (Barry Pederson, 235; Bobby Orr, 279; Ray Bourque, 316) to reach that total in fewer than 350 games. Pastrnak has 17 points (10 goals, seven assists) during a seven-game point streak and eight goals during a four-game goal streak. … Marchand has 14 points (five goals, nine assists) during an eight-game point streak. … Maple Leafs center John Tavares missed his third straight game with a broken finger. … Bruce Cassidy coached his 200th game for Boston.

 

What's next

Maple Leafs: Host the San Jose Sharks on Friday (7 p.m. ET; SN1, TVAS, NBCSCA, NHL.TV)

Bruins: Host the St. Louis Blues on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV)

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