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NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Boston



(Tuesday, January 14th)

Final Score: Toronto 4, Boston 3

Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Tyler Bozak scored twice and added an assist as the Toronto Maple Leafs survived to take a 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday.

James van Riemsdyk had a goal and an assist, Jake Gardiner scored, and Phil Kessel tallied three assists for the Maple Leafs, who have won their past two games. Jonathan Bernier stopped 38 shots.

"Well we've been giving a better effort that's for sure," said Toronto head coach Randy Carlyle. "And we've raised our compete level. And we're going to have to continue to do that to get points. And that's the most frustrating part for our hockey club has been that we haven't been able to achieve that with any consistency. And that's frustrating for the coaching staff, that's for sure."

Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand each had a goal and an assist for the Bruins, who have dropped three of four. Gregory Campbell also scored while Tuukka Rask stopped 22 shots in the loss.

"Too many breakdowns and also I think we are forcing plays that we shouldn't and sometimes we're not in sync, we're not forcing where all guys go as a whole and together," said Bergeron. "And obviously, when there's only one guy going, that opens up too many lanes and they're going to eat you alive if you do that, then if you don't, if you aren't on the same page."

Toronto took a 4-2 lead at the one-minute mark of the third period as Bozak sent a hard pass from the left boards over to the right circle where van Riemsdyk wristed it home.

Boston cut its deficit to one at 9:35 of the third as Daniel Paille sent a quick backhand pass from behind the net to the left side where Campbell quickly lifted in a backhander.

The Bruins, though, were unable to net the equalizer despite several quality chances and pulling Rask with over a minute to play for an extra attacker.

Boston got on the board at 3:38 of the first as Reilly Smith fought through the defense and got a backhand on net, with the rebound coming to the left side and Marchand snapping it in.

Toronto tied the game just over two minutes later, as Carl Gunnarsson's slap shot from the high slot was stopped, but Bozak was there to slam home the rebound.

The Bruins again took the lead at 10:48 of the first after Bergeron stuffed in a backhand from the right side, but the Maple Leafs tied the game at 12:47 on the power play.

Kessel's pass from the left point was deflected to the low right side by Bozak, with van Riemsdyk picking the puck up and sending it back to the left where Bozak wristed it home.

The only goal of the second period went to Toronto, as a hard pass from the left boards by Kessel to the right circle saw Gardiner wrist it in for a power-play marker and a 3-2 lead at 7:09.

Game Notes

Toronto hosts Buffalo on Wednesday ... Boston plays in Dallas on Thursday ... Boston had won the previous two games against Toronto this season, and 11 of the past 12, overall ... Toronto went 2-for-5 on the power play, while Boston was 0-for-3.

01/15 00:11:51 ET

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Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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y= clinched division title
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2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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