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Kessel shootout goal lifts Leafs over Bruins, 3-2

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff  December 4, 2010 06:59 PM

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Over here at ACC. Leafs, 3-2. Kessel's shootout strike, the second by Toronto in the extra session, provides the difference.


Kadri -- goal, backhand lift at right post.

Seguin -- goal, backhand

Kulemin -- no goal

Krejci -- no goal

Kessel -- goal, forehander through Thomas' pads

Ryder --no goal, forehander off base of left post.


Boychuk called for ninor penalty with 24 seconds left in regulation. Leafs don't score. Headed to shootout .

1:30 -- Spectacular Thomas save, diving left to glove Beauchemin's short-range shot from slot


Regulation over. Tied, 2-2. Headed to OT

1918 -- Leafs tie, 2-2. Versteeg snaps in 6-on-4 power-play goal from left side after MacArthur's long slapper from right side misses net and bounces off rear board.

6:08 -- Bruins, 2-1. Campbell, son of the Savvy Hater, snaps in long-range wrister from slot just seconds after taking the ice to give Savard a breather.

Final period regulation underway.


Through 40:00, it remains knotted, 1-1.

With 43 seconds left in period, Thomas flashes right leg pad to cut down Kessel wrister from right wing circle.

Lucic off for hoooking at 15:28. Wheeler with great shorthanded bid at 17:00, but Giguere calmly gloves doorstep chance.>

Halfway through second, score remains 1-1.

Boston's first power-play chance (MacArthur, hooking, 1:30) nearly results in Leafs goal, Thomas gloving Kulemin's doorstep attempt on a 2-on-1 break-in against Seidenberg.

Underway for second set.

First period in books. Tied, 1-1. Leafs with 12-5 shot advantage for period.

15:53 -- Leafs tie, 1-1. Gunnarsson sneaks in from left defense spot and make pot at open left side off dish short dish by Bozak around Chara.

8:40 -- Thornton and Rosehill, called up from Marlies on Friday, hammer at each in good bout near Bruins bench. Each assessed 2 min. minors and 5 min. for fighting.

4:48 -- Boston, 1-0. Horton walks into giveway by Brent and snaps in 30-footer from slot. Unassisted.

3:09 -- Versteeg shot from left wing circle looks like it might have slipped behind Thomas for Leaf lead. Video review backs call on ice--no goal.

About 10 minutes to go before faceoff here at the ACC between the Bruins and Leafs.

Ex-Bruin Phil Kessel to take opening draw for Leafs, opposed by Patrice Bergeron.

4:48 -- Boston, 1-0. Horton walks into giveway by Beauchemin and snaps in 30-footer from slot. Unassisted.

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