Leafs strengthen playoff hold; complete sweep vs. Bruins

Tyler Bozak’s power play goal late in regulation broke a prolonged stalemate between the Leafs and Bruins at Air Canada Centre, propelling Toronto to an important 4-2 win on Monday night.

Bozak notched his 17th marker of the year at 18:47 to put his team in front after both teams skated to a 1-1 chess match for much of the evening. William Nylander and Nazem Kadri went on to score empty netters.

“There’s not many better feelings,” Bozak said. “It was a big game that we needed and it’s nice to be able to put the one in.”

Boston’s David Backes opened the scoring in the first period, converting a ‘spin-o-rama’ feed from Brad Marchand.

Morgan Rielly tied the game for the Leafs, finishing a dangerous sequence created by Mitch Marner and James van Riemsdyk, both of whom earned assists on the play.

Frederik Andersen made 32 saves for the victory. At the other end of the rink Tuukka Rask took the loss in goal, despite his best efforts to preserve at least a point for the Boston, making a highlight-reel point blank save on Matt Hunwick to try – in vain – to help the cause.

The Leafs won all four games this year in their season series versus their Atlantic Division rivals.