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Maple Leafs win, sweep season series with Bruins

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by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL

Tyler Bozak broke a 1-1 tie with 1:57 remaining in the third period and the Toronto Maple Leafs added two empty-net goals in a 4-2 defeat of the Boston Bruins and a sweep of their four-game season series (BOS: 0-4-0). They outscored the Bruins 18-9 in the four games.

* At 33-23-15 (81 points), the Maple Leafs strengthened their grip on the final wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference and climbed within one point of the Bruins (38-28-6, 82 points) for third place in the Atlantic Division.

* The Maple Leafs swept a season series of at least four games against the Bruins for the second time, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. They went 6-0-0 against them in 1924-25.

Video: Bozak's late PPG helps Maple Leafs defeat Bruins



Home Team in Caps

TORONTO 4, Boston 2

Buffalo 2, DETROIT 1

NASHVILLE 3, Arizona 1

DALLAS 1, San Jose 0

EDMONTON 2, Los Angeles 0



Cam Talbot made 35 saves for his second straight shutout (also March 18 vs. VAN) to backstop the Edmonton Oilers to their fourth consecutive win. At 39-24-9 (87 points), the Oilers moved ahead of the Anaheim Ducks (38-23-11, 87 points) for second place in the Pacific Division; the teams play at Anaheim on Wednesday.

* Talbot had his seventh shutout of the season and improved to 37-20-8 with a 2.32 goals-against average, .922 save percentage and seven shutouts. He became the first Oilers goaltender with seven shutouts in a season since Tommy Salo had eight in 2000-01 and climbed within three wins of matching the single-season Oilers record of 40 set by Grant Fuhr in 1987-88.

* Connor McDavid had two assists to move back into first place in the Art Ross Trophy race with 82 points (25 goals, 57 assists).

Video: McDavid, Talbot lead Oilers to 2-0 home win



Ryan Ellis had his second multigoal game of the season to power the Nashville Predators to their fourth win in their past five games.

* Nashville (36-25-11, 83 points) moved two points ahead of the St. Louis Blues (38-28-5, 81 points) for third place in the Central Division. The Predators hold a 3-1-0 edge in their five-game season series with the Blues (STL: 1-3-0), which concludes at St. Louis on April 2.

* Pekka Rinne made 25 saves to improve to 6-1-2 with a 2.60 GAA and .911 save percentage in his past nine games, and 28-16-8 with a 2.51 GAA, .915 save percentage and two shutouts for the season.

Video: Ellis scores twice to power Preds past Coyotes, 3-1



Jack Eichel scored to reach the 50-point milestone for the second time in as many seasons (21-29-50) and help the Buffalo Sabres earn win in their final visit to Joe Louis Arena. … Kari Lehtonen made 30 saves for his 36th NHL shutout as the Dallas Stars hosted Veterans Appreciation Night. … Brad Marchand (37-43-80) had an assist to become the first Bruins player to reach the 80-point mark in a season since Marc Savard had 88 points (25 goals, 63 assists) in 2008-09. … William Nylander (2-6-8 in 8 GP) and Viktor Arvidsson (4-2-6 in 5 GP) each extended point streaks. … Sabres defenseman Brady Austin made his NHL debut. … The Detroit Red Wings honored former forward Dallas Drake in a pregame ceremony at Joe Louis Arena. … Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk was suspended for two games by the NHL Department of Player Safety for elbowing Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty. … Bruins forward Brad Marchand, Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and Flames goaltender Brian Elliott were named the NHL Three Stars of the Week for the week ending March 19. … Renowned Canadian artist Tony Harris unveiled portraits of Bernie Parent and Guy Lafleur as part of the NHL Centennial Celebration.



All Times Eastern

Ottawa @ Boston, 7 p.m., NESN, RDS2, TSN5, NHL.TV

Pittsburgh @ Buffalo, 7 p.m., MSG-B, ROOT, NHL.TV

NY Rangers @ New Jersey, 7 p.m., MSG+, MSG, NHL.TV

Calgary @ Washington, 7 p.m., CSN-DC, SNW, NHL.TV

Detroit @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m., SNE, RDS, FS-D, NHL.TV

Arizona @ Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m., TVA Sports, SUN, FS-A PLUS, NHL.TV

Carolina @ Florida, 7:30 p.m., FS-F, FS-CR, NHL.TV

Philadelphia @ Winnipeg, 8 p.m., TSN3, CSN-PH, NHL.TV

San Jose @ Minnesota, 8:30 p.m., NBCSN, NHL.TV

Vancouver @ Chicago, 8:30 p.m., CSN-CH, SNP, NHL.TV

St. Louis @ Colorado, 9 p.m., ALT, FS-MW, NHL.TV



The Ottawa Senators (39-24-8, 86 points) visit the Bruins (38-28-6, 82 points) in a game between two of the top three teams in the Atlantic Division. The Senators are four points behind the Montreal Canadiens (41-23-8, 90 points) and aim to reach the 40-win mark for the first time since they went 43-26-13 in 2014-15, while the Bruins look to extend their home winning streak to four. The Senators have won four consecutive games against the Bruins dating to Jan. 9, 2016 (BOS: 0-3-1), including a 2-0-0 record in their four-game season series.



Flames goaltender Brian Elliott has won 11 consecutive games, during which he has a 1.70 GAA, .942 save percentage and two shutouts. He can establish the longest winning streak by a Flames goaltender with a victory against the Washington Capitals, eclipsing the mark set by Mike Vernon from Jan. 17 - Feb. 27, 1989 (11-0-0). The Flames (41-27-4, 86 points) are 13-1-1 in their past 15 games, while the Capitals (46-17-8, 100 points) recently clinched a berth in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs for the 27th time, and ninth time in the past 10 seasons.

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