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Published: Mon, February 06, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs - 2/4/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction


That's the exact question the B's were hoping they weren't going to have to answer, but now they will be after dropping a 6-5 decision to the Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden on Saturday night. The Maple Leafs trail Boston by three points with five games in hand, but have dropped three in a row in regulation for the first time this season entering the fifth stop of a season-high six-game road trip.

David Pastrnak had two goals and an assist for the B's, with Patrice Bergeron (goal and two assists) and Zdeno Chara (three assists) joining him as Bruins' with three-point games. The Blues offense received two goals off the stick of Paul Stastny with Alexander Steen, Vladimir Tarsenko and Colton Parpayko joining the scoring spree to make a victor of Jake Allen and his 26 saves. Now they must fatefully hope that teams like the Maple Leafs, Panthers, Flyers and Islanders keep losing hockey games rather than blowing right past them in the standings on the way to edging them out of the postseason picture.

NOTES: Spooner's score snapped a 16-game goal-less stretch. The Capitals' last regulation loss at Bell Centre was on January 10, 2009.

Boston will play just three games in the next two weeks, with their bye week coming after next Sunday's home game against the Canadiens. "I think that's part of it for sure", Toronto coach Mike Babcock said. Bergeron and Krug had power-play goals.

Showing the resilience that is fast becoming their trademark, Connor Brown charged hard to the net to get the go-ahead goal - his 12th of the season - at the 15:15 mark to make it 5-4.

"We kept battling back, which is great, but we kept putting ourselves in a situation to do that", Bruins defenceman Adam McQuaid said. Van Riemsdyk untied it with his 19th goal of the season. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Boston and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings while the Maple Leafs are 8-17 in the last 25 meetings in Boston.

Boston had jumped in front 1-0 on Pastrnak's goal 2:17 into the game, but Toronto tied it when Nylander collected Nazem Kadri's pass, skated in alone and tucked the puck behind Rask. Nylander added two more goals to earn his first career hat trick, as he took another turnover - this one from Kevan Miller - all the way in on Rask for goal number two, and notched his third goal on the power play for Toronto's three-goal lead.

Brown banged home a shot from the slot to put Toronto back ahead, but Bergeron tied it again with 2:54 to play. The Bruins continue a four-game homestand against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night.

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