TORONTO (AP) – Eric Lindros scored the only goal in a shootout, and Ed Belfour made 49 saves to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 5-4 victory over the Boston Bruins on Monday night.

After Lindros scored on Toronto’s first attempt in the shootout, Boston’s Joe Thornton beat Belfour with a deke but his shot hit off the post.

Bryan McCabe had a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs, who have won five of six.

The veteran defenseman has 15 points in nine games.

Tie Domi, Alexander Khavanov and Alexei Ponikarovsky also scored for the Maple Leafs, with Lindros assisting on Domi’s goal. Brad Boyes, Patrick Leahy, Ian Moran and Glen Murray scored for the Bruins.

Boston had a two-man advantage late in the third after Toronto’s Ken Klee was called for hooking and Alex Steen received a double minor for high-sticking Patrice Bergeron and drawing blood, but the Maple Leafs killed off both.

The fans chanted “Eddie! Eddie! after Belfour made a series of impressive saves in overtime and in the shootout. He struggled in the second period, blowing a 2-0 lead.

Boyes gave Boston a 4-3 lead at 3:05 of the third after Belfour left his crease to clear a puck behind his net – illegal under the NHL’s new rules.

Belfour realized he was about to make a mistake and couldn’t clear it. Boyes easily put the puck past him for his second goal.

Boyes, who was traded by his hometown Maple Leafs in 2003, also missed a great chance to score in the second.

After Steen put a shot on net, Ponikarovsky tied it at 4 by batting it out of the air and past goalie Andrew Raycroft with 3:37 left in regulation.

Domi opened the scoring at 12:20 of the first after he exchanged passes with Lindros.

McCabe made it 2-0 at 13:06 of the second with a backhand shot on the power play for his 10th point on the power play this season.

But Boston scored three straight goals in the second as the Bruins outshot Toronto 24-6 in the period.

Leahy scored on a rebound, Moran followed 35 seconds later, and Murray’s goal midway through the period made it 3-2.

Khavanov tied it at 3 with 3:48 left in the second with a hard slap shot.

Notes: Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin will not require surgery to repair his injured left eye, the team said. The center’s left orbital bone was fractured when he was struck by a puck Oct. 5 in the season opener against Ottawa. Sundin will be re-evaluated early next week. … Lindros sent Boston’s Nick Boynton to the ice with a check in the first.


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