TORONTO — David Pastrnak continues to terrorize the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Boston winger snapped a 2-2 tie late in the second period as the Bruins defeated Toronto 3-2 on Saturday night.
Sean Kuraly, with a goal and two assists, and David Krejci also scored for Boston (26-15-4), which eliminated the Leafs in seven games in the first round of last season’s playoffs.
Tuukka Rask made 30 saves as the Bruins won the season series between the teams 3-1 and now sit just two points back of the Leafs for second in the Atlantic Division.
Mitch Marner and Andreas Johnsson replied for Toronto (28-14-2), which does have a game in hand on Boston. Michael Hutchinson stopped 26 shots.
The Bruins beat the Leafs 5-1 at home on Nov. 10 before Toronto returned the favour 16 days later with a 4-2 victory at Scotiabank Arena to set up a testy affair featuring 98 minutes in penalties that Boston won 6-3 on Dec. 8.
Kuraly intercepted a soft pass behind the net by Leafs defenceman Nikita Zaitsev before feeding Pastrnak, who buried his 26th goal of the season past a surprised Hutchinson with 13.7 seconds left in the middle period.
Pastrnak now has 19 points (11 goals, eight assists) in 15 career regular-season games against Toronto — including six goals and three assists in four outings this season — after scoring five times and setting up eight others against the Leafs in last spring’s playoffs.
Hutchinson scrambled to stop a Pastrnak chance early in the third to keep his team in it before Nazem Kadri missed the net from a difficult angle at the other end midway through the period.
Auston Matthews had an excellent opportunity to tie with four minutes to go, but shovelled a backhand wide with Rask at his mercy.
Toronto pressed late with an extra attacker only to see Boston hold on.
Boston led 1-0 after the first, but the Leafs got even at 7:37 of the second on a strange play. Johnsson’s quick shot went off Rask, off Bruins defenceman Kevan Miller, who was battling Matthews in front, and dribbled into the Boston net …read more
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