TORONTO — Center David Krejci scored the only goal in a shootout on Monday night to give Boston Bruins a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
It was the third win in a row for the Bruins (11-8-1).
Left winger Brad Marchand and centers Zac Rinaldo and Landon Ferraro scored for Boston in regulation time. Right winger Joffrey Lupul and centers Leo Komarov and Tyler Bozak scored for Toronto (7-10-5) in regulation.
Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask stopped 39 shots and Toronto goalie James Reimer made 26 saves.
It was the second game in three days between the teams. The Bruins won 2-0 on Sunday in Boston.
The Bruins twice could not hold leads on Monday.
The Bruins failed to take advantage of a power play with 2:01 left in regulation when Maple Leafs defenseman Matt Hunwick took a hooking penalty.
With 1:42 to play in overtime, the Maple Leafs went on the power play when Bruins center Patrice Bergeron received a holding penalty, but they could not avoid a shootout.
The Bruins took a 2-0 lead in the first period.
Boston opened with a short-handed goal at 4:58 with Marchand batting home a high rebound from a shot by Bergeron. Marchand’s ninth goal of the season came with Boston right winger Brett Connolly serving a tripping penalty.
Rinaldo scored his first goal of the season at 12:39 of the first period, bursting down the right wing and beating Reimer with a wrist shot from the faceoff circle. Defenseman Dennis Seidenberg and Rask picked up assists.
The Maple Leafs scored twice in slightly more than a minute in the second period to tie it at 2.
Lupul scored his eighth goal of the season at 11:54 with Reimer out of the goal for an extra attacker on a delayed penalty to Boston.
After Reimer made a spectacular pad save on Boston right winger Jimmy Hayes from the edge of the crease, the Maple Leafs tied the score at 12:56 on the seventh goal of the season by Komarov, who jammed home a rebound.
Boston regained the lead at 14:40 of the second when Ferraro tapped home Marchand’s rebound for his first goal of the season.
The Maple Leafs tied the score again with the fourth goal of the season by Bozak on a shot from close range on a rebound at 16:09 of the second period.
NOTES: Boston claimed RW Landon Ferraro off waivers from the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday. Ferraro had not played for Detroit since Nov. 6 because of a lower-body injury and was about to be removed from the injured reserve list. The Bruins made room for Ferraro by putting D Kevan Miller (upper body) on IR. Miller was injured Nov. 17. …The Maple Leafs lost D Petter Granberg on waivers to the Nashville Predators Sunday. He suffered a torn Achilles tendon in training camp and was put on waivers to be sent to the AHL Marlies. …Toronto D Roman Polak played his 500th NHL game Monday. …The Leafs played their third game in four days Monday in the opener of a three-game homestand. Their next game is Friday when they are home to the Washington Capitals. …The Bruins will visit the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday.
Rangers 3, Predators 0
NEW YORK — Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist continued his brilliant season by stopping 31 shots in the New York Rangers’ 3-0 victory over the Nashville Predators at Madison Square Garden on Monday.
Lundqvist leads the league with 12 wins and was tops in both goals against average and save percentage before registering his second shutout Monday.
Left wingers Rick Nash and Kevin Hayes and center Derek Stepan scored their sixth goals of the season for the Rangers, who have won 11 of 12.
The Predators, meanwhile, were blanked for the third straight game and have not scored a goal 213 minutes, 47 seconds.
Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne stopped 16 shots.
After a scoreless first period in which the Rangers took four minor penalties and were outshot 14-3, Nash converted an odd-man rush for his fourth goal in two games.
Nash carried the puck down the left wing on a 4-on-1 break and beat Rinne with a wrist shot to the short side to put the Rangers ahead 1-0 at 4:32. The goal came on the Rangers’ fifth shot of the game.
Through two periods, the Rangers had seven shots, one of which came from the opposite end of the ice as the first period expired. The Predators had five power-play chances over the first 40 minutes but failed to score on their 11 shots.
Predators right winger Filip Forsberg had a golden opportunity to tie the score during the second period. Lundqvist vacated his net but misplayed the puck. Center Mike Fisher moved the puck to Forsberg, who shot wide of the mostly empty net.
Stepan extended the lead to 2-0 with his sixth of the season at 4:23 of the third period. Defenseman Marc Staal took a feed from left winger Kevin Hayes down low and threaded a pass to the doorstep for Stepan, who tapped the puck through Rinne’s legs.
Hayes made it 3-0 with a power-play goal 6:15 later. His wrist shot from about 55 feet deflected off the stick of Predators defenseman Barrett Jackman and past Rinne.