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Leafs sweep home-and-home series from Bruins

The Sports Xchange

November 12. 2017 2:50AM
Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Curtis McElhinney (35) makes a save in front of Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) during the third period at TD Garden, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)

BOSTON - Backup goaltender Curtis McElhinney, making only his third start of the season, turned aside 38 shots, leading the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 4-1 victory and a sweep of their Original Six home-and-home weekend series with the Boston Bruins on Saturday night.

Toronto's fourth straight win gave the Bruins a three-game losing streak.

UNH product James van Riemsdyk, who scored two goals in Friday night's 3-2 overtime win, had a goal and an assist and has 14 goals, the most he has against any team, and 24 points in 30 career games against Boston.

No. 1 goalie Frederik Anderson is 9-0 lifetime against the Bruins (6-6-4) but he played Friday night and Mike Babcock turned to McElhinney Saturday. The move paid off.

Mitch Marner, Morgan Rielly and Patrick Marleau (empty net) also scored for the Leafs (12-7-0), who have won their last six games against Boston.

The Bruins had a two-man advantage for 1:07 in the third and managed one shot on goal.

Tuukka Rask (3-6-2) gave up two goals on the first five shots (against the team that drafted him) and finished with 21 saves.

Defenseman Brandon Carlo threw a blind pass up the middle in front of his own end that was picked off by Marner, who snapped home his first goal in 18 games (he has 10 assists).

The Leafs went on the power play later in the period and struck quickly, with Nazem Kadri finding van Riemsdyk's stick for a deflection and van Riemsdyk's ninth goal of the year, his fourth in four games.

Strong work in the corner by Danton Heinen kept the puck alive for Vatrano to tip home Torey Krug's shot 62 seconds after the van Riemsdyk goal.

Reilly scored after the Leafs killed their two-man disadvantage. Marleau followed his OT winner from Friday with the empty netter.

Notes: Toronto C Auston Mathews missed his third straight game with an upper body injury, the first three games he's missed in his young career. ... Andresen, 9-0 with a 1.88 goals against average and .944 save percentage in nine lifetime games against the Bruins, was rested after playing 16 of the Leafs' first 18 games. ... The Bruins have still had centers Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci on the ice together for only two periods this season. ... The Bruins, who have played 11 of their first 16 games at home, open a four-game western trip at Anaheim Wednesday while Toronto hosts the New Jersey Devils Thursday. ... A pre-game moment of silence was held to honor U.S. Veterans Day and Canada Remembrance Day.

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