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Bozak only second Maple Leaf to score with two men short

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The Canadian Press
4/6/2011 10:22:10 PM
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NEWARK, N.J. -- Tyler Bozak became the second player in Toronto Maple Leafs' history to score a goal with his team skating two men short.

Thirty one years after Darryl Sittler's feat, Bozak matched it when he beat Martin Brodeur with Toronto skating 3-on-5 at 12:42 of the third period Wednesday night.

Bozak lost a faceoff in his own end, but pushed the puck past Brian Rolston at the point and beat Brodeur with a backhander on a breakaway for his 15th goal. It cut the Devils' lead to 3-2, but New Jersey went on to win 4-2.

"I have missed quite a few short-handed breakaways this season," said Bozak, who lost the faceoff in his own end on the play. "I can't tell you what I did. I went in there and thought I'd go backhand, and it worked."

Sittler scored 3-on-5 on March 19, 1980, in a 9-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets.

Devils coach Jacques Lemaire couldn't recall his team giving up goal with a two-man advantage.

"It's hard to take because first of all we struggle on the power play," he said. "When you let a goal up, it makes it worse."

Tyler Bozak (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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