Boyes lifts Bruins in shootout, 3-2


BOSTON (AP) – Brad Boyes scored the only goal in the shootout to lift the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.

Mats Sundin salvaged a point for the Maple Leafs when he tied the game with 13 seconds left. Toronto came in trailing eighth-place Tampa Bay in the race for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference by six points.

Boston won for the second time in 10 shootouts and improved to 5-11-3 in the last 19.

Sundin, Darcy Tucker and Alexei Ponikarovsky all were stopped by Bruins goalie Tim Thomas in the shootout.

Toronto missed a point blank chance with just over a minute remaining in overtime when Kyle Wellwood was robbed by Thomas.

Jean Sebastien Aubin started his sixth straight game for the Maple Leafs and made 24 saves for Toronto, which was previously unbeaten in its last five.

Ponikarovsky tied the game a minute into the second for Toronto when he wristed the puck under the crossbar with Thomas sprawled on the ice.

Glen Murray helped Boston regain the lead when he converted a pass from Shawn McEachern and beat Aubin with 4:16 remaining in the second period. Murray has scored five of his 24 goals this season against Toronto.

Mariusz Czerkawski put Boston ahead 1-0 when he backhanded a shot over Aubin’s shoulder with 58 seconds remaining in the first period. Czerkawski was claimed off waivers from Toronto last month.

Toronto mustered only two shots in the first, but followed up with 18 in the second period.

Boston finished the season series 4-2-2 against Toronto

Toronto was 1-27-3 when trailing after two periods before rallying late.

Notes: Brian Leetch played in his 1200th NHL game. …Thomas won the 7th Player Award for the Bruins. The award is given to the player who performed beyond expectations as voted by the fans. … Murray left the game in overtime when he took a slap shot off the head. … Ponikarovsky has four goals and four assists in the last six games.