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TORONTO — The play was routine. With Tyler Seguin in the box, serving a too-many-men penalty in the second period, Maple Leafs’ Dion Phaneuf and Phil Kessel started the power-play breakout.
Phaneuf passed to Kessel. The ex-Bruin intended to give the puck back to Phaneuf. Kessel’s return pass never made it to Phaneuf.
Daniel Paille stepped in front of the pass and sprinted the other way. Kessel tried to backcheck, but Paille tucked a shorthanded backhander past James Reimer at 16:37 of the second period, giving the Bruins a 4-1 lead.
Thank you, Kessel.
“I saw an opportunity and put my stick there,” Paille said. “I tried not to cheat too much.’’