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TORONTO, CANADA - DECEMBER 2: Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins skates against William Nylander #88 of the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on December 2, 2023 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Brad Marchand scored the game-winning goal in overtime, as the Boston Bruins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 on Saturday at Scotiabank Arena.

The Bruins were 5.7 seconds away from securing a 3-2 win, but as they’ve dne several times this season, they surrendered the game-tying goal in the closing seconds. But they got the last laugh in OT, when Marchand scored his goal with just under eight seconds left in the extra frame.

Marchand’s goal was essentially a rebound off a bid from David Pastrnak, but he had enough time to catch the puck in midair and fire it into the open net and give the B’s a win.

The captain got the puck going the Bruins’ way with a gritty takeaway in the neutral zone. Pastrnak, meanwhile, finished with a goal and two assists to put him closer toward the league lead in points.

Bruins-Leafs Highlights

Pastrnak got the Bruins on the board to draw first blood over 10 minutes into the game. Defenseman Brandon Carlo sent Pastrnak a heads-up pass through the neutral zone, then the winger worked his way to the high slot, when he ripped a rocket to the top-left corner past Leafs goalie Joseph Woll to make it 1-0 Bruins.

  • The next Bruins goal came in the second period, off the stick of defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, who finally finished after getting shut out for 30 shots on goal in his first 17 games as a Bruin. Pinching down low, Shattenkirk took a slick centering feed from Pastrnak and backhanded it through Woll to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead.

  • The Leafs started to climb back into the game later in the second, thanks to who else but Auston Matthews. He was left with enough space in front of the net to handle a rebound off the post for a tap-in goal, his 15th of the season, to cut the Bruins’ lead to 2-1.

  • The Leafs got the equalizer early in the third period, from Toronto kid Max Domi, who scored his first goal with his new team. Domi hustled past the Bruins defense to get open in the slot, then gathered a centering pass from Nicholas Robertson and deked to his backhand to finish it past Bruins goalie Linus Ullmark, tying the game 2-2.

  • Frederic’s go-ahead goal came when he simply crashed the net. Defenseman Derek Forbort grabbed the assist by firing the puck toward Woll, and Frederic was able to maintain inside position on Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly, before knocking the fluttering rebound into the net to give the Bruins the lead again.

  • Incredibly, the Bruins’ issues with closing games out reared its ugly head yet again. This time, the late tying goal came with 5.7 seconds left, and of course, it was Matthews again. Matthews one-timed a pass from Mitch Marner and got the puck through the chaos in front of the net and around Ullmark. The Bruins have now allowed a league-high seven goals against an empty net this season (h/t Ty Anderson).

  • Fortunately for the Bruins, they were able to grab the second point anyway.

    Up Next: The Bruins have quite a turnaround, as they have to fly back to Boston for a home game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday at TD Garden, in the second night of a back-to-back.

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    Matt Dolloff is a writer and podcaster for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Check out all of Matt’s content.

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