The goal of Pastrnak sends Bruins past Maple Leafs 3-2

TORONTO (AP) – David Pastrnak scored a goal late in the second period to break the belt and the Boston Bruins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 on Saturday-evening.

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

Tuukka Rask made 30 saves when the Bruins won the season-series between the teams 3-1 and moved two points behind the Leafs to second place in the Atlantic Division.

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

De Bruins defeated the Leafs 5-1 at home on November 10. Toronto won 16 days later with a 4-2 victory at Scotiabank Arena. On December 8, Boston won 6-3 in a game with 98 minutes penalty kicks.

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

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

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

Pastrnak has 19 points (11 goals, 8 assists) in 15 regular league matches against Toronto – including six goals and three assists in four outings this season.

Hutchinson scribbled to stop a chance of Pastrnak in the third period to keep Toronto in.

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

Toronto insisted late with an extra attacker, but Boston managed to keep up.

Boston led 1-0 after the first, but the Leafs even reached a weird game at 7:37 of the second. Johnsson's quick shot went off from Rask, from Bruins defender Kevan Miller, who fought Matthews in the front and dribbled in the Boston grid for the tenth of the winger.

The difficult power play of Toronto – 1 for 36 in the last 13 games when he hit a 3-for-3 attack against Florida on December 20 – came to life 1:53 later and gave the Leafs their first advantage when Marner shot shot that defeated Rask on the short side. It was the 17th from Marner.

But the Bruins took advantage of a new Blunder from the Leafs at 2:47 PM, when Jake Gardiner frowned on a breakthrough before the puck was stolen by Chris Wagner, who led Kuraly into the slot machine. He scored his fifth.

Hutchinson, who spent three seasons in the minors with the Bruins after having won the 77th overall in 2008, got his fifth start for Toronto with No. 1 netminder Frederik Andersen – sidelined with a groin injury since December 28 – with the flu and back -up Garret Sparks is still recovering from a concussion.

Boston's upper line from Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand went on Saturday with a combined 117 points in 122 league games against Toronto. The trio kicked the Leafs in the first series last season for 30 points.

Krejci opened the score with 1:39 leaving in the first period. Kuraly returned to the attacking zone and delivered Krejci, who scored Hutchinson before his ninth.

De Bruins had two golden chances to take the lead early, but Marchand missed a wide open net in the first minute of the game before Bergeron shot 2-on-1 moments later.

Rask, who entered 4-0-0 with a .959 save percentage, a 1.23 goals against average and a shutout in his last four starts, stopped Kadri on a wrapper before Zach Hyman's breakthrough went wide.

COMMENTS: Charlie McAvoy, who missed 20 games with a concussion earlier this season, returned to the Bruins line-up after missing the last seven with a foot injury. Boston had dressed its highest blue line corps together for the first time this season. Pastrnak and Krejci are the only players in the selection to play in each of the 45 games of their team this season. … the Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield was present.

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Bruins: Host Montreal on Monday.

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Toronto Maple Leafs Center John Tavares (91) gets a shot at Boston Bruins goalkeeper Tuukka Rask (40) after being checked on the ice during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, January 12, 2019 in Toronto. (Frank Gunn / The Canadian Press via AP)

Toronto Maple Leafs Center John Tavares (91) gets a shot at Boston Bruins goalkeeper Tuukka Rask (40) after being checked on the ice during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, January 12, 2019 in Toronto. (Frank Gunn / The Canadian Press via AP)

Toronto Maple Leafs Center John Tavares (91) gets a shot at Boston Bruins goalkeeper Tuukka Rask (40) after being checked on the ice during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, January 12, 2019 in Toronto. (Frank Gunn / The Canadian Press via AP)

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

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

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

Boston Bruins defender 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, January 12, 2019 in Toronto. (Frank Gunn / The Canadian Press via AP)

Boston Bruins defender 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, January 12, 2019 in Toronto. (Frank Gunn / The Canadian Press via AP)

Boston Bruins defender 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, January 12, 2019 in Toronto. (Frank Gunn / The Canadian Press via AP)

Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) fights with Toronto Maple Leafs defender Travis Dermott (23) for Toronto Maple Leafs goalkeeper Michael Hutchinson (30) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, January 12, 2019 in Toronto. (Frank Gunn / The Canadian Press via AP)

Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) fights with Toronto Maple Leafs defender Travis Dermott (23) for Toronto Maple Leafs goalkeeper Michael Hutchinson (30) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, January 12, 2019 in Toronto. (Frank Gunn / The Canadian Press via AP)

Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) fights with Toronto Maple Leafs defender Travis Dermott (23) for Toronto Maple Leafs goalkeeper Michael Hutchinson (30) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, January 12, 2019 in Toronto. (Frank Gunn / The Canadian Press via AP)

Toronto Maple Leafs right wing William Nylander (29) and Boston Bruins goalkeeper Tuukka Rask (40) watch the puck as defender of Boston Bruuen Torey Krug (47) defend during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, January 12, 2019 in Toronto. (Frank Gunn / The Canadian Press via AP)

Toronto Maple Leafs right wing William Nylander (29) and Boston Bruins goalkeeper Tuukka Rask (40) watch the puck as defender of Boston Bruuen Torey Krug (47) defend during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, January 12, 2019 in Toronto. (Frank Gunn / The Canadian Press via AP)

Toronto Maple Leafs right wing William Nylander (29) and Boston Bruins goalkeeper Tuukka Rask (40) watch the puck as defender of Boston Bruuen Torey Krug (47) defend during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, January 12, 2019 in Toronto. (Frank Gunn / The Canadian Press via AP)

Toronto Maple Leafs goalkeeper Michael Hutchinson (30) makes a glove save against the Boston Bruins during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, January 12, 2019 in Toronto. (Frank Gunn / The Canadian Press via AP)

Toronto Maple Leafs goalkeeper Michael Hutchinson (30) makes a glove save against the Boston Bruins during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, January 12, 2019 in Toronto. (Frank Gunn / The Canadian Press via AP)

Toronto Maple Leafs goalkeeper Michael Hutchinson (30) makes a glove save against the Boston Bruins during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, January 12, 2019 in Toronto. (Frank Gunn / The Canadian Press via AP)

Toronto Maple Leafs goalkeeper Michael Hutchinson (30) puts his mask back on after a TV timeout in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins, Saturday, January 12, 2019 in Toronto. (Frank Gunn / The Canadian Press via AP)

Toronto Maple Leafs goalkeeper Michael Hutchinson (30) puts his mask back on after a TV timeout in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins, Saturday, January 12, 2019 in Toronto. (Frank Gunn / The Canadian Press via AP)

Toronto Maple Leafs goalkeeper Michael Hutchinson (30) puts his mask back on after a TV timeout in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins, Saturday, January 12, 2019 in Toronto. (Frank Gunn / The Canadian Press via AP)

Toronto Maple Leafs goalkeeper Michael Hutchinson (30) stops Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88 during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, January 12, 2019 in Toronto.) (Frank Gunn / The Canadian Press via AP)

Toronto Maple Leafs goalkeeper Michael Hutchinson (30) stops Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88 during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, January 12, 2019 in Toronto.) (Frank Gunn / The Canadian Press via AP)

Toronto Maple Leafs goalkeeper Michael Hutchinson (30) stops Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88 during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, January 12, 2019 in Toronto.) (Frank Gunn / The Canadian Press via AP)

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