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Bruins cannot hold leads, fall to Maple Leafs
Posted By Dan Rowinski On March 9, 2010 @ 9:42 pm In General | No Comments
Summary – Without two of their biggest stars the Bruins struggled to put the Maple Leafs  away on Tuesday and ultimately fell to Toronto 4-3 in overtime. Nikolai Kulemin had the game-winner for the Leafs with 49-seconds left in the extra frame. Tim Thomas  started for the Bruins and took the decision with 26 saves. The Leafs went with Jonas Gustavsson who was shaky but effective in stopping 26 of shots in the winning effort.
Bruins’ captain Zdeno Chara  was scratched for the game with a lower body injury. Center Marc Savard  missed his first game after sustaining a grade two concussion after a hit from Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke  on Sunday.
Mark Recchi  scored his 13th goal of the year in the first period when he caught the rebound off a Dennis Seidenberg  shot from the point and banged it back into the net with Gustavsson out of position to the left of the crease. The Bruins killed three penalties in the period (one a 50-second 5-on-3) to stymy the Leafs chances heading into the second period.
The Leafs tied it in the middle of the second when Wayne Primeau found himself on an odd-man rush and beat Thomas five hole for Toronto’s first strike of the game. Boston went back ahead with on the power play during a two-man advantage when Dennis Wideman  hit a slap shot from the point that deflected off Recchi’s stick straight on to that of Marco Sturm  who banged it passed Gustavsson to make it 2-1 at the 13:49.
Once again, it would not last.
The Leafs Carl Gunnarsson broke back with his second goal of the season on a shot from the top of the circle that deflected off a Bruins’ player to make its way through Thomas to send send the game to the third tied at two.
The back and forth theme continued in the third. Patrice Bergeron  scored a go-ahead goal on a rebound early in the period only to watch the Leafs come back when Luca Caputi swept a bouncing puck passed Thomas at 7:13. It was the third time in the game the Bruins went ahead by a goal only to have the Leafs tie it.
Mark Recchi — The veteran forward had a goal and two assists to help pace the Bruins.
Luke Schenn — The Leafs defenseman picked up two assists to give him 10 for the season.
Marco Sturm — Sturm scored his team-high 20th of the season and added an assist. It is the seventh time in his career that Sturm has registered a 20-goal season.
Turning Point — Caputi battled in the crease with Thomas and Boston defenseman Mark Stuart  for a loose puck seven minutes into the third period. Thomas could not corral the bouncing puck and Stuart was a step to slow in trying to clear it and Caputi swept back into the play to push it passed Thomas and tie the game at three.
Key Play — Toronto center Mikhail Grabovski raced down the left wing in overtime and had enough time and space to pick out Kulemin on a parallel rush down the center towards Thomas. Grabovski made a good pass, Kulemin took a step to his left and beat Thomas for the game winner.
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 Maple Leafs: http://media.weei.com/hockey/toronto-maple-leafs.htm
 Tim Thomas: http://media.weei.com/hockey/tim-thomas.htm
 Zdeno Chara: http://media.weei.com/hockey/zdeno-chara.htm
 Marc Savard: http://media.weei.com/hockey/marc-savard.htm
 Matt Cooke: http://media.weei.com/hockey/matt-cooke.htm
 Mark Recchi: http://media.weei.com/hockey/mark-recchi.htm
 Dennis Seidenberg: http://media.weei.com/hockey/dennis-seidenberg.htm
 Dennis Wideman: http://media.weei.com/hockey/dennis-wideman.htm
 Marco Sturm: http://media.weei.com/hockey/marco-sturm.htm
 Patrice Bergeron: http://media.weei.com/hockey/patrice-bergeron.htm
 Mark Stuart: http://media.weei.com/hockey/mark-stuart.htm
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