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Maple Leafs 4, Bruins 3 (OT)

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TORONTO -- Center Nazem Kadri scored a power play goal at 2:51 of overtime to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night to keep their playoff hopes alive.

The Bruins scored two goals in the third period to tie it after Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier left because of injury and was replaced by James Reimer.

The victory gave the Maple Leafs (38-33-8) their second win in a row and a split in their four-game season series with the Bruins (52-18-7), who lost their second straight game.

Defenseman Paul Ranger, center Tyler Bozak and left winger James van Riemsdyk also scored for the Maple Leafs. Right winger Phil Kessel added two assists for Toronto.

Center Brad Marchand, left winger Milan Lucic and center Patrice Bergeron scored for the Bruins.

Chad Johnson made 27 saves in the Boston goal.

The Maple Leafs went on the power play at 1:52 of overtime when defenseman Torey Krug took a holding penalty. That set up the 19th goal of the season by Kadri and a desperately needed win for Toronto.

The Bruins cut Toronto's lead to one at 5:03 of the third period on the 22nd goal of the season by Lucic, who fired home a shot from the slot after a pass from center David Krejci.

At 8:22 of the third, Bernier, who made 25 saves, left with an undisclosed injury and was replaced by Reimer. At the same time, Ranger was sent off for interference to put Boston on a power play that the Leafs survived.

But Bergeron scored his 28th goal of the season at 12:51 of the third on a 40-foot wrist shot an assist from Marchand to tie the score at 3.

The Maple Leafs took a 3-1 lead at 52 seconds of the second period on the 30th goal of the season by van Riemsdyk from the low slot on a setup by Kessel.

The teams exchanged goals in a span of 56 seconds in the first period. Ranger stuffed home his fifth goal of the season from the slot on a rebound at 6:00.

The Bruins tied it at 6:56 when Marchand snapped home his 23rd goal of the season from the top of the right faceoff circle after a giveaway by defenseman Cody Franson.

The Maple Leafs took a 2-1 lead with 12 seconds left in the first period. Bozak knocked in a high puck at the right post for his career-best 18th goal of the season after a pass from the left corner by Kessel.

NOTES: The Maple Leafs recalled RW Carter Ashton from the Toronto Marlies of the AHL on Thursday, but he did not play. ... Toronto LW Joffrey Lupul (lower-body injury) was out. ... The Leafs signed 18-year-old C Carter Verhaeghe to a three-year, entry-level contract, and he will join the Marlies on an amateur tryout agreement. Verhaeghe was taken in the third round (82nd overall) in the 2013 draft. This season, he led the Ontario Hockey League's Niagara IceDogs in assists (54) and points (82) and was third in goals (28) in 65 games. ... C Carl Soderberg, who scored a goal on Wednesday in the Bruins' 3-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings, did not play Thursday so that he could be with his expectant wife. ... Bruins D Andrej Meszaros was a healthy scratch. ... The Leafs play their last regular-season home game on Saturday against the Winnipeg Jets before finishing their schedule with three road games. ... The Bruins play host to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.

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