TORONTO – The Maple Leafs had much more to play for than the Bruins in the sixth-to-last game of the regular season at the Air Canada Centre, but the end result certainly didn’t reflect that.
The Bruins powered a third-period surge to tie things up, and salvaged a point before eventually falling to the Maple Leafs by a 4-3 overtime score for their second straight loss.
Nazem Kadri scored on a power play rebound directly in front after Torey Krug had been whistled for holding Tyler Bozak on a rush to the net. Kadri collected the rebound of a Cody Franson shot, and then roofed the rebound over Chad Johnson.
Patrice Bergeron tied things in the third period on his 28th goal that helped match his career-high with a 10-game point streak, and was all made possible on a dogged rush behind the net from Brad Marchand.
The Leafs thought they had their go-ahead goal on a James van Riemsdyk score in the second period for his 30th goal of the season just 52 seconds out of the intermission. But that was matched by Bergeron’s score at the end of the final stanza.
Milan Lucic snapped home a hot shot from the slot in the opening minutes of the third period to close things to within a single score for the Black and Gold, but that’s as close as they got before eventually evening things up in the closing minutes.
Toronto scored a pair of greasy goals in the first period with Paul Ranger and Tyler Bozak camped in front of the net to push pucks past Chad Johnson. The Leafs sandwiched the two scores around a Brad Marchand score after he picked off a Cody Franson pass, and fired a long wrist shot past Jonathan Bernier.