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TORONTO (AP) — On a night when Patrick Marleau celebrated his 1 Dallas Stars T-Shirts Authentic ,600th NHL game, Mitch Marner did what he does best: set up goals.The 21-year-old winger had three assists and Marleau added another as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Boston Bruins 4-2 on Monday.“He has great vision out there,” the 39-year-old Marleau said. “The way he skates and handles the puck, he can maneuver around guys and draw guys to him. He did that quite a bit tonight.”Igor Ozhiganov scored his first career goal, Travis Dermott netted his second and Frederik Andersen made 38 saves to earn his 13th win of the season. Josh Leivo and Zach Hyman had the other goals for the Maple Leafs (17-8-0).David Pastrnak, who had a hat trick in a 5-1 win over Toronto on Nov. 10, scored twice for Boston (13-7-4).Marner had two primary assists, upping his NHL-best total to 24 (he has 27 assists in all).“He’s found a nice groove here,” Marleau said. “He’s only going to keep getting better, I think. And that’s pretty scary.”It was the 10th multi-assist game of the season for Marner, who also has six goals.“With the puck, without the puck, he’s definitely a slippery guy,” said Dermott, who scored the first goal of the game off an assist from Marner. “And if you get open Dallas Stars Hoodies Authentic , he’s going to find you and get the puck to you right on the tape and pretty flat. He’s a guy you want to be out there with.”Each team scored twice in a frenetic second period as Boston outshot Toronto 18-9. With the Maple Leafs leading 3-2 in the third, Danton Heinen hit the post for the Bruins.Hyman added an empty-net goal with 1:35 remaining to seal Toronto’s fifth straight home win.The Bruins lost Kevan Miller late in the first period after the defenseman took a puck to the throat off a shot by John Tavares. Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said Miller went to the hospital and was to remain overnight for observation, with some swelling in the throat area.“Right now he’s out of any danger, from what we’ve heard,” Cassidy said.“Looks like X-rays are negative,” he added. “They’re going to keep him overnight for observation, make sure his breathing stays normal. Hopefully he’s able to fly back (Tuesday), that’s the plan.”Both teams were playing their fourth game in six nights.The Bruins, who won 3-2 in Montreal on Saturday night, had won two straight and three of four. Toronto was coming off a 6-0 win over visiting Philadelphia on Saturday night.Marleau became the 11th NHL player to reach 1,600 regular-season games. He has missed just 31 games over 21 seasons since making his debut on Oct. 1, 1997.“Great, great human being,” Toronto coach Mike Babcock said before the game.“Hard worker, great pro Dallas Stars Hats Authentic , great person,” he added. “So important for this team it’s not even funny and I’m not even talking about what he does on the ice. He’s fantastic.”Marleau received a standing ovation after a video tribute in the first period.“That was amazing. It was unexpected, but it was greatly appreciated,” he said.Dermott beat Jaroslav Halak with a shot through traffic 17:44 into the game for his first of the season after the Bruins’ top line couldn’t clear the puck.Boston, gaining momentum, outshot Toronto 10-0 to open the second before Toronto registered a shot midway through the period. Pastrnak, off a feed from Brad Marchand, tied it on the power play at 3:39The Bruins hit another post on the power play later in the second. Seconds later, with the penalty over, a freewheeling Marner found Ozhiganov cruising in from the point and his shot banked in off a Boston body at 13:06.Pastrnak tied it at 14:22, taking Torey Krug’s nifty pass to the side of the net before slotting it past Andersen to increase his season total to 19.Leivo put Toronto ahead 3-2 on the power play at 18:38, banging home Tyler Ennis‘ rebound after a rush by Marner.NOTES: Andersen is 11-1-0 in the regular season against Boston and 3-3 in the postseason. His last meaningful start against the Bruins was Game 7 of the first round of the 2018 playoffs when Boston rallied to end the Maple Leafs’ season with a 7-4 win. … It was the 672nd meeting between the two Original Six teams in a rivalry that dates back to 1924. … Both clubs were missing key players. Toronto was without Auston Matthews (shoulder), and restricted free agent William Nylander remains unsigned. The Bruins injury list included star center Patrice Bergeron (rib), and defensemen Zdeno Chara (left knee) and Charlie McAvoy (concussion). Sweden’s Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, known as JFK Custom Dallas Stars Jerseys , centered the Bruins’ top line in Bergeron’s absence. … Toronto defenseman Nikita Zaitsev missed the morning skate because of illness but played anyway.UP NEXTBruins: Host the New York Islanders on Thursday night.Maple Leafs: Host the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night. After a strong start under new coach Ken Hitchcock, the Edmonton Oilers are proving to be a work in progress.With the league’s Christmas break in the rearview mirror, the Oilers have to figure out how to squeeze more production out of every player, starting with Thursday’s matchup against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Place.In the first 3 1/2 weeks under Hitchcock, Edmonton (18-15-3) picked up 20 of a possible 26 points, but the Oilers slumped recently.With a 6-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday, the Oilers have been outscored 14-6 during a three-game skid. The club also surrendered five power-play goals during that span, including three in a 4-2 loss at Vancouver on Dec. 16.Article continues below ...Lack of consistent production from players other than Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Alex Chiasson combined with injuries to defensemen Oscar Klefbom and Kris Russell have contributed to Edmonton’s slide.“We’re going to have to figure out who’s helping and who’s hurting for us to get to another level,” Hitchcock said. “We can’t keep doing it the same way over and over because it’s not going to work.”One core player — and a Stanley Cup winner — believes the team needs to show more mental toughness.“This group has to learn how to play in close games,” said Chiasson, who won a championship with the Washington Capitals last summer before joining the Oilers in October. “If you want to be a playoff team, a team that has the chance to go deep, you have to learn how to play down one goal and stick with it for 60 minutes.”Chiasson is third on the team with a career-best 16 goals www.officialredwings.com , including four in his last five games.Edmonton has won four straight and is 6-0-1 in its last seven at home against the Canucks.Vancouver (17-18-4) kicks off a six-game road trip looking to continue its strong play away from home. After six consecutive road losses in November, the Canucks went 3-0-1, including a win over the Columbus Blue Jackets and a point against the Nashville Predators.Travis Green’s team comes off a 1-0 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday. After his team took three of five on the homestand, Green offered praise.“I like the way our team is progressing. I like the way they are playing. I wish we had a few more wins, I think we easily could,” he told the team’s official website.Vancouver is 10th in the Western Conference, but Green also points to a culture change for a club long linked to now-retired twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin and that hasn’t been to the postseason since 2013.“We’re still young in a lot of areas. Sometimes that shows. We’re in it right now. We’re playing to win,” Green said. “Our guys are believing in themselves. We talk about playing fast and hard and playing with confidence, and they are.” The team features young stars in Brock Boeser and Bo Horvat, who has scored 12 of his 17 goals this season on the road.However, rookie Elias Petterson may be the best of the bunch.The 20-year-old winger has points in eight of 11 games this month, including his second five-point effort on Dec. 9 in a rout of the St. Louis Blues.Petterson leads all rookies in goals (17) and assists (19). No other first-year player has more than 23 points.One of Petterson’s five game-winning goals came against the Oilers this month.
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