Bruins Rake Leafs In OT


Dave Andreychuk is making Bruins fans forget all about Dmitri Khristich.

Dave Andreychuk scored two third-period goals and P.J. Axelsson scored with 1:02 remaining in overtime to rally the Boston Bruins to a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.

"Andreychuk has been doing this for years," Toronto coach Pat Quinn said. "Teams have been trying to figure out a way to stop this guy, but obviously have not come up with one."

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  • With the Bruins trailing 3-1 and on the power play, Andreychuk poked a shot past goaltender Curtis Joseph while falling down, cutting the Maple Leafs lead to one goal.

    Andreychuk then tied the game at three with just under four minutes remaining after converting a pass from Jason Allison.

    "We dominated the last two periods," Bruins goalie Byron Dafoe said. "The way we came back says a lot about our team."

    Andreychuk is tied with Jaromir Jagr of Pittsburgh for the league lead with 13 goals in 17 games and is only two shy of his total from last season.

    "I had some injuries that slowed me down last year," Andreychuk said. "This year I just seem to be in the right spot."

    Andreychuk also moved into 17th on the career goal-scoring list passing Maurice "Rocket" Richard.

    Andreychuk, spoiled the return of former Bruin Dmitri Khristich, who led the team with 29 goals last year, and was second on the team in scoring.

    The Bruins decded not to re-sign Khristich after they refused to pay a salary arbitrator's award of $2.8 million, thus making him a free agent.

    Khristich signed a four-year deal with Toronto in October.

    The Bruins then went out and signed Andreychuk as a free agent to make up for the goal-scoring they would lose with Khristich.

    Khristich gave Toronto an early 1-0 lead, when he slipped the puck past goaltender Byron Dafoe at 14:37 of the first period.

    Axelsson scored the game-winner when he took a pass from Darren Van Impe, and backhanded a shot over Joseph's left shoulder.

    "I was pretty lucky on the game-winner," Axelsson said. "The puck was bouncing and I took my best shot."

    Ray Bourque added three assists for the Bruins, who have won five straight at home and are unbeaten in their last seven home games.

    Joseph had 32 saves for the Maple Leafs, who are winless in their last four games.

    Jonas Hoglund made it 2-0 when he scored his team-leading ninth goal of the season at 17:48 of the first period. With the Maple Leafs on the power-play, Hoglund converted a cross-ice pass from Yanic Perrault and scored just inside the left post.

    The Maple Leafs had not scored a goal in their previous 15 power-play opportunities.

    Dafoe, who was originally acquired with Khristich in 1997 in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings, had 16 saves for the Bruins.

    Sergei Berezin scored the Maple Leafs second power-play goal of the game when his slap shot sailed by Dafoe at 11:53 of the second period, giving Toronto a 3-1 lead.

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