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Toronto at Boston

Bergeron wins it for Bruins with overtime goal

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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BOSTON -- After being mired near the bottom of the Eastern Conference for most of the season, the Boston Bruins appear to be turning the corner.

Patrice Bergeron scored 34 seconds into overtime to lift the Bruins to their third straight victory, a 2-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.

Bergeron scored on a rebound of Brad Boyes' drive from the point, putting the puck past helpless goalie Jean-Sebastien Aubin.

"We are getting the results now," Bergeron said. "There is a thin line between winning and losing and when you do the right things, you are on the right side of that line."

Bergeron has scored the winning goal the last three games including the lone shootout goal in the Bruins' 3-2 victory at Washington on Wednesday.

Tim Thomas made 24 saves for the Bruins (7-7-2), who have earned all their victories this season in one-goal games.

"It's starting to come together," Bruins coach Dave Lewis said. "Tim is playing with a ton of confidence and the guys are starting to feel comfortable with each other."

The Bruins hadn't won three straight since Jan. 23-26.

"It is very easy to get frustrated when things aren't going well," captain Zdeno Chara said. "But it's getting better compared to how we were playing before."

Phil Kessel scored a power-play goal giving the Bruins a 1-0 lead when he knocked a rebound past Aubin at 14:09 of the first period.

Kessel, the No. 5 pick in this year's NHL draft, scored in back-to-back games for the second time this season.

Bryan McCabe got Toronto even at 1-1 on the power play when his slap shot went between Thomas' legs with 6:42 remaining in regulation.

"Thomas played well," McCabe said. "He made some big saves late. I thought we had five or six good chances in the last five minutes."

Aubin made 34 saves for the Maple Leafs, who had a four-game winning streak snapped.

"Sometimes you leave it all in practice," Maple Leafs coach Paul Maurice said. "We didn't skate the way I thought we would."

The Maple Leafs had been off since Saturday after they beat Montreal for their fourth straight win.

Toronto's Tomas Kaberle, who entered as the scoring leader among NHL defensemen, had an eight-game point streak snapped.

Notes

  • McCabe tied Kaberle with his 17th point.
  • This was the second of five meetings between the teams in a 28-day stretch. Toronto won the earlier matchup 6-4.
  • G Andrew Raycroft missed his second straight game for Toronto with a groin injury.
  • Toronto fell to 6-3-1 on the road.
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The Bruins are happy with Patrice Bergeron, who scores 34 seconds into overtime.  (Getty Images)
The Bruins are happy with Patrice Bergeron, who scores 34 seconds into overtime. (Getty Images)
Scoreboard
Toronto (11-5-4)00101
Boston  (6-7-2) «10012
Three Stars
P. Bergeron
BOS


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
T. Thomas
BOS


Saves: 24
Save Pct.: .960
J. Aubin
TOR


Saves: 34
Save Pct.: .944

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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
14:09Power Play - Phil Kessel (5), Wrap Shot - Assists: Brad Boyes, Paul Mara
2ND PERIOD
None
3RD PERIOD
13:18Power Play - Bryan McCabe (6), Wrist Shot - Assist: Kyle Wellwood
OT
00:34Patrice Bergeron (6), Wrist Shot - Assists: Marco Sturm, Brad Boyes
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
14:03Ponikarovsky: Hooking - 2 min.
2ND PERIOD
05:07Belak: Hooking - 2 min.
16:58Primeau: Hooking - 2 min.
3RD PERIOD
00:52Battaglia: Holding - 2 min.
08:09White: Interference - 2 min.
13:15Savard: Holding - 2 min.
OT
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SHOTS ON GOAL
 123OTT
Toronto1069025
Boston11913336
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Jean-Sebastien Aubin 60:34342
Tim Thomas 60:29241
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Game Time - 60:34
Referees - Dave Jackson, Chris Lee
Line Judges - Michel Cormier, Steve Miller
 
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