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Bruins Snap Losing Streak, Beat Maple Leafs 4-2



The Boston Bruins snapped a four-game losing streak with one of their most complete efforts of the season in a 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Brad Marchand scored two goals in the first five minutes of the third period and Tuukka Rask stopped 29 Leafs shots to pace the Bruins to a big two points in the Hall Of Fame Game in Toronto.

Charlie Coyle gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead 13:48 into the first period with his third lamplighter of the season. Coyle broke through in front to take a beautiful feed from defenseman Matt Gryzelcyk who had pinched and come around behind the net to get it to Coyle.

Auston Matthews scored a controversial goal at 9:20 of the second period that from most replays, should’ve been high-sticking, but after a long review was ruled a good goal. Defenseman Jake Muzzin and forward William Nylander had the helpers.

The Bruins escaped a huge momentum shift from that game-tying goal by Matthews killing off a slashing call to Patrice Bergeron at 16:52 of the middle frame and then leaning on Rask to hold the fort down, even more in the final seconds.

Boston, seemingly refreshed after escaping the second period, came out flying in the third as Marchand put the Bruins back up with his 12th of the season eleven ticks into the final frame. Defenseman Brandon Carlo and Bergeron grabbed the helpers.

The Leafs answered just 3:43 later as Kasperi Kapanen got his sixth of the season. Leafs captain John Tavares and forward Zach Hyman assisted on the goal.

Just 1:14 later though, Marchand struck again to give the Bruins the lead again. Coyle got his second point of the night with the primary assist and David Krejci got the other helper.

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara sealed the deal with an empty-netter at 18:27 of the third period.

Frederik Andersen made 30 saves on 33 Bruins shots.

Both teams finished 0-for-2 on the powerplay.

The Bruins are back at it tomorrow night against the Washington Capitals at TD Garden.





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