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NHL Roundup: Late Power-Play Goal Sends Leafs Past Bruins

  • Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Connor Brown (12) dives for the puck as Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug (47), goalie Tuukka Rask (40) and defenseman Adam McQuaid (54) watch during the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March 20, 2017, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

  • Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly (44) celebrates his goal against the Boston Bruins with teammates during the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March 20, 2017, in Toronto.(Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

  • Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen gives up a goal to Boston Bruins right wing David Backes during the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March 20, 2017, in Toronto.(Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

  • Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen (31) trips Boston Bruins left wing Matt Beleskey (39) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March 20, 2017, in Toronto.(Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)



Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Toronto — Tyler Bozak scored the go-ahead power-play goal with less than two minutes left and the Toronto Maple Leafs earned a 4-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Monday night.

The win pulled the Leafs (81 points) within one point of the Bruins (82 points) for third place in the Atlantic division. Toronto, holding the final wild-card position in the Eastern Conference, also has a game in hand.

Morgan Rielly, William Nylander and Nazem Kadri also scored for the Leafs, who swept the season series with Boston. Frederik Andersen was sharp with 32 saves, James van Riemsdyk added two assists.

David Backes and Dominic Moore scored for the Bruins, Tuukka Rask allowed two goals on 27 shots.

A malfunctioning clock briefly delayed the start of the game and wasn’t used until the start of the third period.

Game time was announced at stoppages by the public-address announcer and displayed in a corner of the videoboard — issues that were most apparent during power plays with no time counting down penalties.

The opening 20 minutes were choppy as a result of the malfunctions but also entertaining. The two teams traded chances with playoff positioning on the line.

Predators 3, Coyotes 1

Nashville, Tenn. — Ryan Ellis scored twice and Pekka Rinne made 25 saves in Nashville’s victory over Arizona.

Viktor Arvidsson also scored for the Predators, who have won four of five. Craig Smith added two assists.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson had the lone goal and Mike Smith stopped 28 shots for the Coyotes, who have lost three straight.

Sabres 2, Red Wings 1

Detroit — Jack Eichel and Matt Moulson each scored a power-play goal in the first two periods to help Buffalo beat Detroit.

Robin Lehner made 34 saves for the Sabres.

Tomas Tatar scored in his third straight game, pulling the Red Wings within one midway through the second. They had power plays early and late in the third period but failed to take advantage, falling to 0 for 4 with an extra skater.

Petr Mrazek stopped 28 shots for Detroit.

Buffalo has won two straight for the first time in more than a month.