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Bruins outshoot Leafs but come away empty-handed
Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri scores past Bruins goalie Anton Khudobin on Saturday at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. (Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports)
The Leafs got a goal in each period, with each one coming within the first five minutes of that period, by Nazem Kadri, Mikhail Grabovski and Frazer McLaren. Dennis Seidenberg and Andrew Ference scored for the Bruins.
James Reimer had a busy night making 31 saves while Anthon Khudobin and Tuukka Rask combined to make 10 for the Bruins. Rask replaced Khudobin after Toronto's third goal in the third period.
Kadri got his 14th goal of the season at 4:58 of the first. Clarke MacArthur crossed the Bruins' blue line on the left side and snuck a pass to Kadri, who was alone behind the defense and beat Khudobin with a quick shot.
The Bruins outshot the Leafs 10-4 in the first period and it was against the run of play that the Leafs doubled their lead early in the second.
Grabovski got his second goal in as many games at 2:52 of the second. On what was just the Leafs' fifth shot on goal to that point, Grabovski eluded a check from Milan Lucic and fended off two challenges from Bruins players before snapping a shot into the far corner.
Khudobin was pulled after McLaren scored his third goal of the season at 1:34 of the third.
Leafs tough guy Colton Orr got the puck out of the corner for McLaren, who was right next to the goal. McLaren spun and tried a hopeful backhand that Khudobin couldn't stop and ended up deflecting the puck into his own net.
Boston got its first goal less than a minute later as Seidenberg scored his second of the season when his shot from the right face-off circle got through a screen in front and past Reimer at 2:30.
The Bruins then made things even more nervous when a Leafs player deflected Ference's shot in at 18:44 but, despite the late Boston push, the Leafs held on.
Notes: Chris Kelly (broken tibia) and Adam McQuaid (shoulder) were out of the Boston lineup with injuries. Leo Komarov (upper body) was the only absence because of injury for Toronto. ... The Bruins snapped a three-game losing streak on the road when they beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1 on Thursday. ... Saturday's game was the first of a home-and-home series between the two teams. They'll go at it again on Monday in Boston. ... Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul sat out the final game of his two-game suspension. Lupul was suspended for his illegal check to the head on Tampa Bay Lightning forward Victor Hedman on Wednesday night.