NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Boston
(Thursday, April 6th)
Final Score: Boston 3, Toronto 2 (SO)
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Tim Thomas made 31 saves and stopped all three shots he faced in the shootout, as Boston defeated the Maple Leafs, 3-2, at TD Banknorth Garden, hurting Toronto's playoff chances.
Brad Boyes scored the only goal of the shootout. Glen Murray and Mariusz Czerkawski each scored for the Bruins, which ended a four-game losing streak.
"We didn't give up a lot," Boyes said. "Our defense played well, limited their chances. They didn't get a lot and it was a key part to our victory."
Alexei Ponikarovsky and Mats Sundin each scored for the Maple Leafs, who had won four of their last five games. Nik Antropov had two assists and Jean- Sebastien-Aubin stopped 25 of 27 shots.
Toronto's chances of making the playoffs are a longshot. The Maple Leafs, who have six games remaining, trail Tampa Bay by seven points for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference. Atlanta remains one point ahead of Toronto for ninth.
"We can't seem to find a way to win in those shootouts," Toronto head coach Pat Quinn said. "We got behind the eight ball in the first and the second and third we played a lot better. scored a big goal at the end to tie it. We had the PP and didn't really mount much in that."
Murray gave Boston a 2-1 lead with his 24th goal of the season with 4:16 left in the second period. Shawn McEachern fed the puck to Murray between the circle, and Murray fired a wrister that beat Aubin glove side.
Boston was in control for most of the third period, but the Maple Leafs managed to score with just 13 seconds left in regulation.
With Aubin pulled, Boston defenseman Hal Gill failed to clear the puck behind the Bruins' net. Antropov then collected the puck and somehow passed it through a maze of Boston defenders to Sundin, who beat Thomas top-shelf for the equalizer.
After a scoreless overtime period that saw Murray get hit in the face with a shot and leave the game, the contest went to a shootout.
After Sundin and Darcy Tucker both failed to score for Toronto and Patrice Bergeron's shot was turned away for Boston, Boyes fired a rifle shot past Aubin, beating the goaltender top-shelf to give the Bruins a one goal advantage.
With one last chance to extend the shootout, Ponikarovsky attempted to beat Thomas backhand, but the goaltender went sprawling across the ice to make the save.
Czerkawski scored his sixth goal of the season with just 58 seconds left in the first period, but Ponikarovsky tied the game with his 21st goal just one minute into the second.
Boston went 0-for-4 on the power play, while Toronto squandered three chances...Toronto will travel to Philadelphia on Saturday, while Boston will host the Rangers.
04/07 02:55:44 ET