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Bergeron helps Bruins beat Maple Leafs in shootout

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Associated Press
3/26/2013 12:09:47 AM
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BOSTON -- Patrice Bergeron scored the tying goal with 9:24 left in regulation, then put Boston ahead in the shootout as the Bruins held on for a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night.

Milan Lucic also scored for Boston, which rallied from a 2-0 deficit and improved to 11-2-1 at home this season.

Tuukka Rask had 23 saves through regulation and overtime, then stopped Nikolai Kulemin on the Maple Leafs' last chance to extend the shootout, which Boston led 2-1 on goals by Tyler Seguin and Bergeron.

Rask had been beaten by Kulemin on a breakaway in the second period, but stopped him this time, kicking the puck away with his right pad and preserving the win for Boston.

Toronto held Boston to just six shots in the third period, but Boston got a goal out of one of them when Bergeron scored at 10:36.

Lucic had pulled the Bruins within 2-1 just 1:48 after Kulemin's breakaway goal gave Toronto a 2-0 lead at 8:01 of the second.

Lucic took a pass from Rich Peverley after a turnover in the Leafs' end and went past three Toronto players at the blue line to get in alone on James Reimer and slip the puck between his pads.

Bergeron tied it 2-2 on a backhand off a pass from Dougie Hamilton. The rookie defenceman cycled behind the net and found Bergeron alone, carried the puck behind the net and spotted Bergeron alone low in the right circle.

Joffrey Lupul scored on Toronto's first power play, giving the Leafs a 1-0 lead. Kulemin put the Leafs up 2-0 on a breakaway with 11:59 left in the second. Nazem Kadri blocked a shot, controlled the puck and spotted Kulemin streaking up the ice. The assist gave Kadri a team-high 35 points.

Notes: Lupul was returning from a two-game suspension for an illegal check to the head of Tampa Bay defenceman Victor Hedman. ... The Bruins will play their fourth straight Northeast Division opponent Wednesday when they host Montreal. ... Hamilton picked up his 10th career assist on Bergeron's goal in the third.

Bruins celebrate (Photo: Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

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(Photo: Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
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