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Rapid Reaction: Maple Leafs 4, B's 3 (SO)

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins ended the 2014 portion of this season's schedule with a 4-3 shootout loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night at TD Garden.

In desperate need of points, the Bruins earned a point against the Maple Leafs, after beating the Detroit Red Wings 5-2 on Monday night on home ice.

Toronto's Nazem Kadri provided the game-winning goal in the shootout.

Boston received regulation goals from Carl Soderberg, David Krejci and Torey Krug, while goaltender Tuukka Rask finished with 18 saves.

The Maple Leafs gained a 1-0 lead at 10:22 of the first period when Toronto's Leo Komarov was left uncontested in the slot and beat Rask. Komarov returned to the lineup Wednesday night for his first game since Nov. 29 after suffering a concussion.

Boston opened the second on the power play and quickly capitalized on Soderberg's goal only 17 seconds into the period. The Bruins' Reilly Smith controlled the puck at the left point, moved in and took a shot from the top of the circle. The puck trickled through Jonathan Bernier's pads before Soderberg shoveled it home to tie the game at 1-1. However, Toronto answered quickly, scoring 48 seconds into the period to regain its lead. Phil Kessel made a nifty pass to James van Riemsdyk, who finished 5-hole on Rask. It was van Riemsdyk's 17th tally of the season.

Kessel added a power-play goal at 9:45 of the second period to give Toronto a 3-1 lead. For the next five minutes, the Bruins appeared lifeless and stopped crashing, until Boston's top line created traffic in front of Bernier and scored. Milan Lucic crashed the net as Krejci's shot toppled over Bernier and trickled in. Had Lucic circled the net instead of stopping at the post, Bernier would've had a better chance of controlling the bouncing puck, but it went in as Boston cut its deficit to 3-2 at 15:28. Only two minutes later, on a similar play, Krug scored to tie it at 3-3 as Krejci created havoc in front.

Boston outshot Toronto 4-0 in overtime before the shootout was needed to determine the winner.

Save of the game: With the game in a stalemate midway through the first period, the Maple Leafs created a quality scoring chance on the power play, but Rask made an outstanding left-pad save on Morgan Rielly. It appeared Rielly would have an easy goal, but Rask quickly went right to left across the crease to make the stop.

Bonus shot: With the Maple Leafs holding a 1-0 lead in the first period, Kessel created a partial breakaway on Rask before Bruins captain Zdeno Chara was called for hooking, and Kessel was awarded a penalty shot at 17:51. Kessel attempted a slow deke but Rask made the stop.

Scratches: Since Bergeron and Lucic both returned to the lineup, Jordan Caron and Matt Lindblad were the healthy scratches for the Bruins.

Milestone: Bruins forward Loui Eriksson played the 600th game of his NHL career. Now in his second year with Boston, the veteran forward has accumulated 169 goals and 248 assists for 417 career points.