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NHL Roundup: Pastrnak’s Goal Lifts Bruins

  • Boston Bruins center Sean Kuraly (52) skates over to the bench to celebrate his goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

  • Toronto Maple Leafs center John Tavares (91) manages to get a shot on Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (40) after being checked to the ice during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

  • Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (40) reacts to a goal by Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Mitchell Marner, not shown, during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

  • Boston Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk (48) carries the puck past Toronto Maple Leafs right wing William Nylander (29) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

  • Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) battles with Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Travis Dermott (23) in front of Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Michael Hutchinson (30) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)



Saturday, January 12, 2019

Toronto — David Pastrnak scored a tiebreaking goal late in the second period and the Boston Bruins defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-2, on Saturday night.

Sean Kuraly had a goal and two assists, and David Krecji also scored for Boston.

Tuukka Rask made 30 saves as the Bruins won the season series between the teams, 3-1, and moved two points back of the Leafs for second place in the Atlantic Division.

Mitch Marner and Andreas Johnsson scored for Toronto. Michael Hutchinson stopped 26 shots.

The Bruins beat the Leafs 5-1 at home on Nov. 10. Toronto won 16 days later with a 4-2 victory at Scotiabank Arena. on Dec. 8, Boston won 6-3 in a game that included 98 minutes in penalties.

Kuraly intercepted a soft pass behind the net by Leafs defenseman Nikita Zaitsev and fed Pastrnak, who scored his 26th goal of the season past a surprised Hutchinson with 13.7 seconds left in the middle period.

Pastrnak has 19 points (11 goals, eight assists) in 15 career regular-season games against Toronto — including six goals and three assists in four outings this season.

Hutchinson scrambled to stop a chance by Pastrnak early in the third period to keep Toronto in it.

Auston Matthews had an excellent opportunity to tie with four minutes to go, but shot a backhander wide.

Toronto pressed late with an extra attacker, but Boston was able to hold on.

Notes: Charlie McAvoy, who missed 20 games with a concussion earlier this season, returned to the Bruins lineup after missing the last seven with a foot injury. Boston had its top blue-line corps dressed together for the first time this season. Pastrnak and Krejci are the only players on the roster to play in each of their team’s 45 games this season. ... Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield was in attendance.

Canadiens 3, Avalanche 0

Montreal — Carey Price stopped 28 shots for his third shutout of the season as Montreal beat Colorado.

Brett Kulak, Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Jordie Benn all scored in the third period for the Canadiens, who had lost three of their last four games. Price got his 43rd career shutout.

Blue Jackets 2Capitals 1 (ot)

Washington — Cam Atkinson scored his 25th goal of the season, Artemi Panarin connected in overtime and Columbus beat Washington after the defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals lost All-Star goaltender Braden Holtby to an eye injury.

Panarin scored in overtime for the second straight game.

Rangers 2, Islanders 1

New York — Mats Zuccarello scored late in the third period and the Rangers beat the Islanders for their first victory at Barclays Center.

Zuccarello redirected the winner with his skate from in front of the net for his fifth goal of the season. Filip Chytil also scored and Alexandar Georgiev made 24 saves to help the Rangers win in Brooklyn for the first time since the Islanders began playing home games there in 2015.

Devils 3, Flyers 2

Newark, n.j. — Rookie Mackenzie Blackwood made 32 saves in his return from an injury, helping New Jersey beat Philadelphia.

Damon Severson, Nico Hischier and Miles Wood scored for New Jersey. The Devils won for the second time in six games and handed the Flyers their ninth loss in 10 games.