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NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Boston

(Thursday, November 17th)

Final Score: Toronto 4, Boston 1

Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Eric Lindros scored a key third-period goal and assisted on another, while Mikael Tellqvist made 31 saves as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Boston Bruins, 4-1, in a Northeast Division battle at TD Banknorth Garden.

Nik Antropov, Mats Sundin and Darcy Tucker also scored for Toronto, which has won three straight and five of its last seven games overall. Bryan McCabe and Jason Allison each added two assists in the victory.

Brad Isbister tallied the lone goal for Boston, which has now lost four straight games. Andrew Raycroft allowed four goals on 26 shots in the losing effort.

With the contest tied 1-1 in the early stages of the third period, Boston killed off a two-man advantage but could not capitalize on the momentum, and watched as the Maple Leafs scored twice in a two-minute span to take control for good.

The Leafs took the lead thanks in part to solid forechecking. Chad Kilger fought for control along the rear boards and kicked the puck over to Tie Domi, who skated behind the net before feeding a beautiful blind pass to Lindros out front. Lindros easily beat Raycroft with a backhander with 11:52 remaining in regulation.

Exactly two minutes later, Sundin's third goal of the season -- this one on the power play -- created a 3-1 Toronto edge and sucked the life out of the home crowd. A shot from above the left circle deflected off of several players, the last of which was Sundin, and he was credited with the tally at the 10:08 mark.

The Bruins not only failed to put pressure on Tellqvist thereafter, but continued to skate shorthanded. Once again an infraction led to the final Toronto goal. Bruins' blueliner Milan Jurcina went to the penalty box for a high-sticking minor and a textbook, tic-tac-toe play made it 4-1.

Allison corralled the puck at the left half-wall and passed down low to Lindros along the goal line. Lindros immediately fired a pass through the crease, where Tucker was waiting at the right post and one-timed it into the open net with 5:27 to play.

"I am very proud of that third period," said Allison. "We showed a lot of character by coming back and winning."

This contest was very physical from the start, with neither team finding the back of the net in the opening period.

In the second, each team scored once in what continued to be a chippy battle. Lindros was all over the ice throwing body checks, as was his counterpart Joe Thornton.

Midway through the stanza, the Leafs took a 1-0 lead. McCabe held the puck at the right point and ripped a shot that was saved by Raycroft. The rebound found the stick of Allison, who mustered a turnaround shot that was again saved.

However, that rebound sat in the crease before Antropov fought off a defender, collected the puck in his skates, moved it to his forehand and punched the puck home from the top of the crease at 11:18.

The only Toronto penalty of the second period proved costly when the Bruins scored a power-play goal with just 13 seconds remaining in the frame. Defenseman Aki Berg was whistled for hooking with 1:17 to play and Boston went to work 5-on-4.

A blast from the point hit the paddle of Tellqvist and caromed out to the bottom of the left half-wall. Jiri Slegr hustled over and fired the disc toward the net from a sharp angle. Isbister was stationed at the top of the crease and got his stick on the puck for the redirection marker and a 1-1 tie.

"After that big goal we had the momentum, but then we had it taken away by taking dumb penalties in the third," Thornton said.

Game Notes

Lindros' goal was his eighth in the third period this season...Toronto defenseman Ken Klee needed several stitches to his upper lip after he was cut by the skate of Boston's Dave Scatchard in the first period...Toronto improved to 4-4-1 on the road, while the Bruins fell to 4-4-1 on home ice...The Leafs, who own the best power play in the NHL, finished 2-for-7 with the man advantage, while the Bruins were 1-for-4 with the extra skater...Attendance was 17,257.

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