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Shots on Goal: Leafs take Bruins in Shootout, 4-3

Shots on Goal: Leafs take Bruins in Shootout, 4-3

The Toronto Maple Leafs closed out 2014 with a 4-3 shootout win in Boston on New Years Eve.

Toronto’s Nazem Kadri had the game winning goal in the shootout that went five rounds.

The Leafs Leo Komarov put Toronto up 1-0 at 10:22 of the first period.

Peter Holland, battling for the puck down low behind the net, found an uncovered Kadri in the slot where the center unleashed a quick wrister past Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask.

Boston, on a power play to open the second period, wasted no time in scoring the equalizer when Karl Soderberg scored just 17 seconds into the period. Reilly Smith took a shot on net from the left point and the puck rolled between Jonathan Bernier’s pads. Soderberg, behind Bernier, was able to shuffle the puck across the line for his eighth goal of the season.

Former Bruin Phil Kessel had a hand in Toronto’s next two scores. Just 31 seconds after the Soderberg goal, Kessel and James van Reimsdyk hooked up on a 2 on 1 break that set up van Reimsdyk for a tip-in goal for a 2-1 lead.

Kessel extended the lead to 3-1 with his first goal in seven games with a wrist shot from the left circle that made its way past Rask and just inside the far post.

“Yeah, it was tough,” Rask said. “I thought we started pretty good, the first five minutes. But then it kind of took a turn in the wrong direction and we had a tough time recovering. They made it 2-1, 3-1 and we were kind of puck watching, kind of waiting for that fourth goal to come. Thank goodness it didn’t, and then we get a bounce and a goal and it’s a game again. Good bounce back and battle, but still it wasn’t nearly as good as the game before.”

Deflected pucks played a part in the next two scores for Boston as they rallied from the two goal deficit to even the game at 3-3.

A David Krejci wrist shot deflected off Bernier and Toronto defenseman Cody Franson to cut the lead to 3-2. Just two minutes later Bruins defenseman Torey Krug had a shot deflect off Leafs center Leo Komarov and past Bernier.

After a scoreless third period and overtime, Toronto won it in the shootout with goals from Mike Santorelli and Kadri. Torey Krug had the lone goal for Boston.

Tuuka Rask (15-10-4) took the loss stopping 18 of 21 including a Phil Kessel penalty shot late in the first period.

Jonathan Bernier (15-8-3) returned after missing the previous two games with an illness to pick up the win with 25 saves. This was the first time in nine games that Toronto held their opponents to under 30 shots.

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