TORONTO -- Chris Bourque scored a first-period goal, and Tuukka Rask picked up his first shutout of the season as the Boston Bruins defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 1-0 on Saturday at Air Canada Centre.
Rask turned aside 21 shots while improving his record to 5-1-1 for the season. The Bruins had 34 shots on goal, and Toronto goalie James Reimer stopped all but one.
The Bruins nursed their slim lead, preventing the Maple Leafs from having many clear chances and then doing a good job of bringing the puck out of their own end. They were often dangerous on the counterattack as the Leafs tried to press.
The Leafs went on the power play at 11:24 of the third period when Boston defenseman Dennis Seidenberg was called for interference, but Toronto did not threaten.
The Leafs had the man advantage again when Tyler Seguin was called for slashing at 17:35. Boston came close to scoring, hitting the post on a rink-long clearing shot.
The Leafs had a power play for the first 1:56 of the second period after Chris Kelly took a hooking penalty late in the first. However, Toronto (4-4-0) fired a couple of shots wide and had a shot by John-Michael Liles blocked by Seidenberg. Boston (6-1-1) put the puck in the net at 6:30 of the second, but it was disallowed because Reimer did not have a chance to reset his position after being knocked down by Brad Marchand, a call that was verified by a video review.
Reimer made a good save on Nathan Horton's chance just past the midway point of the second. Shortly after, the Leafs killed off a penalty on a delay-of-game penalty to Dion Phaneuf after the puck was knocked over the glass. The Bruins had the better of the play through two periods and held a 24-13 advantage in shots as well as a 1-0 lead.
Bourque scored his first goal of the season at 8:54 of the first period, steering in a pass from the right wing by Kelly. Rich Peverley also picked up an assist. The Leafs thought they had tied the game a couple of minutes later on a slap shot from just inside the blue line by Cody Franson, but it was nullified because goaltender interference was called on Nazem Kadri.
NOTES: Bruins wingers Shawn Thornton (concussion) and Daniel Paille (upper body) were not with the team for the game. ... Defenseman Aaron Johnson was a scratch for Boston. ... Bruins forward Jamie Tardif made his NHL debut in his seventh professional season after 449 games in the ECHL and AHL. ... Toronto winger Mike Brown (upper body) is expected to be out for another week. ... Maple Leafs scratches were wingers Clarke MacArthur and Ryan Hamilton and defenseman Carl Gunnarsson. ... The Bruins won all six games against the Leafs last season, going 7-0 at the ACC and 8-0 in Boston. ... Leafs forward Phil Kessel, a former Bruin, scored once last season against his former team. ... Bruins rookie defenseman Dougie Hamilton, drafted with the second first-round pick Boston got in the Kessel trade, plays against the Leafs for the first time. Bruins forward Tyler Seguin was drafted in 2010 with the other first-round pick the Bruins received for Kessel. ... Toronto's next game is Monday at home against the Carolina Hurricanes. ... Boston plays next against the Canadiens at Montreal on Wednesday.