Toronto at Boston

Rask extends success streak, Bruins beat Maple Leafs 4-1


BOSTON (AP) Tuukka Rask watched his own defenseman redirect a Toronto player's shot into the net behind him.

The way he's been playing, he could still joke about it afterward.

Rask made 23 stops and posted a point for a career-best 20th straight game, leading the surging Boston Bruins past the Maple Leafs 4-1 on Saturday night.

With the Bruins leading 1-0, the Maple Leafs tied it at 8:03 of the first period, helped by Charlie McAvoy. Positioned in front of his own net, the rookie tapped Mitchell Marner's shot - it was going fairly slowly after it hit Boston forward Sean Kuraly's stick and was heading wide - into the net to the right of Rask as he was attempting to control the puck.

McAvoy immediately put his right glove to his face in disbelief and looked down while he was skating behind the net.

''It was more funny than anything,'' said Rask, standing at his locker dressed in a suit and wearing a New England Patriots winter hat. ''When I saw his reaction, it was like a slow-motion film.''

Rask skated over and patted him on the back.

''He's a leader on this team. It's good to see him do that,'' Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said of Rask. ''There's a lot of that that goes on, guys have each other's backs.''

McAvoy returned to the lineup for the first time since a heart procedure nearly two weeks ago.

David Pastrnak and Torey Krug each scored on a power play in the second period and Patrice Bergeron added his team-leading 22nd goal for Boston. Tim Schaller had an empty-netter as the Bruins collected at least a point for the 20th time in 21 games, moving four points ahead of Toronto for second in the Atlantic Division.

Rask hasn't lost in regulation since Nov. 26. He improved to 18-0-2 in his last 20 starts, and had an assist on Schaller's score.

Marner and the Maple Leafs knew Rask was on a hot streak, and they felt like they needed more traffic in front of the net.

''He's been unbelievable the last month and a bit,'' he said. ''We knew that coming in. When you give him his eyes, he's going to make the saves.''

The Maple Leafs had their four-game winning streak stopped and lost for the first time in seven games against Boston after going 5-0-1.

''They came ready to play,'' Toronto goaltender Frederik Andersen said. ''They were right on top of us getting out of the zone.''

Pastrnak's score moved the Bruins ahead 2-1 when he came in on the right wing and fired a shot that caromed in off Andersen's left shoulder at 8:03. Krug one-timed a shot by Andersen with 3:13 left in the period. It was Andersen's first regular-season loss to Boston after he won his first nine games.

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara played his 1,400th NHL game.

The Bruins had jumped ahead when Bergeron fired a wrister past Andersen 4:29 into the game, stopping Toronto's shutout streak at 146 minutes, 46 seconds.

Less than a minute later, Rask made a right-pad stop on Kasperi Kapanen's clean break-in.

NOTES: Toronto D Ron Hainsey returned after missing the previous game due to an illness. ... Bruins D Kevan Miller was out with an upper body injury. . Boston F Brad Marchand served the fourth of his five-game suspension for elbowing New Jersey's Marcus Johansson. ... The teams face each other once more in the regular season, in Toronto on Feb. 24.


Maple Leafs: Host Anaheim on Monday in the opener of a five-game homestand. They beat the Ducks in the only other meeting this season.

Bruins: At Detroit on Tuesday in the first of two straight on the road. They've won both games against the Red Wings this season.

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Toronto (30-19-5)1001
Boston  (31-11-8) «1214
Three Stars
T. Rask

Saves: 23
Save Pct.: .958
P. Bergeron

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
T. Krug

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
04:29 - Patrice Bergeron (23), Wrist Shot. Assist: Heinen
08:03Power Play - Mitch Marner (10), Wrist Shot. Assist: Rielly, Kadri
09:22Power Play - David Pastrnak (22), Wrist Shot. Assist: Krug, Heinen
16:47Power Play - Torey Krug (9), Slap Shot. Assist: Czarnik, Krejci
18:21 - Tim Schaller (8), Empty Net. Assist: Rask, Chara
Penalty Summary
06:53Carlo, 2 min, Interference
03:11Pastrnak, 2 min, Interference with Goalkeeper
04:37Rielly, 2 min, Holding
08:59Marleau, 2 min, Tripping
15:19Hainsey, 2 min, Interference
03:58McAvoy, 2 min, Holding
10:33Backes, 2 min, Kneeing
Shots On Goal
Frederik Andersen58:36263
Tuukka Rask60:00231
Game Information
Attendance - 17565
Referees - Jean Hebert, Dean Morton
Linesmen - Mark Shewchyk, James Tobias
Other Games
Ana 2 Final
Mon 5
Ott 4 Final
Phi 3
Colo 0 Final
Wpg 3
StL 1 Final
Buf 0
Det 2 Final
Fla 3
Pitt 1 Final
NJ 3
Colu 3 Final
NYR 2 Final
Nash 5
Min 1 Final
Dal 6
TB 4 Final
Van 2
Chi 3 Final
Cal 4
Ariz 0 Final
LA 6

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