|Date of game: 12/31/2014
Recap: Boston vs. Toronto
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Nazem Kadri scored the deciding goal of the shootout as the Toronto Maple Leafs prevailed with a 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins.
Mike Santorelli, Toronto's first shooter, made several quick moves before shooting the puck through the legs of Tuukka Rask for a good goal. Torey Krug tied the shootout with a quick wrister over the glove of Jonathan Bernier in the second round.
Kadri opened the fifth round by shuffling a backhander off Rask's pad and through his legs to put the Maple Leafs ahead, and David Krejci missed the net for Boston to end the game.
"That was probably as good of a win as we are going to have all year," said Kadri.
Phil Kessel notched his 500th career point after finishing with a goal and an assist, while James van Riemsdyk and Leo Komarov also scored as the Maple Leafs ended a two-game skid.
Bernier stopped 25 shots in the win.
Carl Soderberg had a goal and an assist, Krejci and Krug also lit the lamp and Rask stopped 18 shots for the Bruins, who were coming off a 5-2 win over Detroit on Monday.
"We need to be ready to play 60 minutes," Bruins coach Claude Julien said.
Boston stormed back to tie the game with two goals late in the second period.
Krejci's offering went off Toronto defenseman Cody Franson and into the net with 4:32 to play and less than two minutes later, Krug's cross-crease dish went off Komarov's skate and into the net for a 3-3 contest heading into the third.
The Maple Leafs survived a late onslaught and the game went to overtime as Bernier made nine saves and Rask made just two. Boston continued its strong play by outshooting Toronto 4-0 in the extra session, but was unable to convert.
Toronto started the scoring midway through the opening period as Peter Holland wrestled the puck off a defender below the goal line and sent a pass to the slot, where Komarov beat Rask with a quick shot just inside the right post.
Each team scored within the first minute of the middle stanza.
Soderberg tied the game just 17 seconds into the frame as he deflected Reilly Smith's point shot in front. The puck trickled through Bernier's pads and Soderberg swiped it into the net for a power-play goal.
Kessel raced into the offensive zone and sent a pass from the right faceoff dot to van Riemsdyk, who tapped the puck through the pads of Rask from the slot for a 2-1 score 31 seconds later.
Kessel extended Toronto's lead to 3-1 on the power play as he skated up to the left circle and wristed a shot off the pipe and past Rask at 9:45.Game Notes
Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul left the game with a lower-body injury and
did not return ... Komarov played for the first time since Nov. 29 after
missing time with a concussion ... Boston forwards Patrice Bergeron and Milan
Lucic both returned to the lineup after sitting on Monday's win over Detroit
with undisclosed injuries ... Bruins forward Loui Eriksson played in his 600th
NHL game ... The two teams will conclude the season series on Apr. 4 at TD