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Leafs avoid elimination with 2-1 road win over Bruins

  • Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer, right, spreads to make a save on a shot by Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) during the second period in Game 5 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, in Boston on Friday, May 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer, right, spreads to make a save on a shot by Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) during the second period in Game 5 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, in Boston on Friday, May 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Clarke MacArthur (16) beats Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) for a goal during the third period in Game 5 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, in Boston on Friday, May 10, 2013. At center is Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55). (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Clarke MacArthur (16) beats Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) for a goal during the third period in Game 5 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, in Boston on Friday, May 10, 2013. At center is Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55). (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Clarke MacArthur (16) is congratulated by teammate John-Michael Liles after scoring on Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask during the third period in Game 5 of their NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, in Boston on Friday, May 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Clarke MacArthur (16) is congratulated by teammate John-Michael Liles after scoring on Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask during the third period in Game 5 of their NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, in Boston on Friday, May 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer, right, spreads to make a save on a shot by Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) during the second period in Game 5 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, in Boston on Friday, May 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer, right, spreads to make a save on a shot by Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) during the second period in Game 5 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, in Boston on Friday, May 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Toronto Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak (42 )is congratulated by teammates after his goal during the second period in Game 5 against the Boston Bruins in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, in Boston on Friday, May 10, 2013. On the bench from left are Nazem Kadri, Mikhail Grabovski and Phil Kessel. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Toronto Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak (42 )is congratulated by teammates after his goal during the second period in Game 5 against the Boston Bruins in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, in Boston on Friday, May 10, 2013. On the bench from left are Nazem Kadri, Mikhail Grabovski and Phil Kessel. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Toronto Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak (42) beats Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) on a goal during the second period in Game 5 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Boston, Friday, May 10, 2013. At left is Bruins' Andrew Ference (21). (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Toronto Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak (42) beats Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) on a goal during the second period in Game 5 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Boston, Friday, May 10, 2013. At left is Bruins' Andrew Ference (21). (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer, right, spreads to make a save on a shot by Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) during the second period in Game 5 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, in Boston on Friday, May 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer, right, spreads to make a save on a shot by Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) during the second period in Game 5 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, in Boston on Friday, May 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer, right, spreads to make a save on a shot by Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) during the second period in Game 5 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, in Boston on Friday, May 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Clarke MacArthur (16) beats Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) for a goal during the third period in Game 5 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, in Boston on Friday, May 10, 2013. At center is Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55). (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Clarke MacArthur (16) is congratulated by teammate John-Michael Liles after scoring on Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask during the third period in Game 5 of their NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, in Boston on Friday, May 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer, right, spreads to make a save on a shot by Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) during the second period in Game 5 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, in Boston on Friday, May 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Toronto Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak (42 )is congratulated by teammates after his goal during the second period in Game 5 against the Boston Bruins in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, in Boston on Friday, May 10, 2013. On the bench from left are Nazem Kadri, Mikhail Grabovski and Phil Kessel. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Toronto Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak (42) beats Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) on a goal during the second period in Game 5 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Boston, Friday, May 10, 2013. At left is Bruins' Andrew Ference (21). (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
  • Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer, right, spreads to make a save on a shot by Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) during the second period in Game 5 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, in Boston on Friday, May 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

BOSTON – The Toronto Maple Leafs won in Boston again to force their playoff series to a sixth game.

Now they’ll need to finally win a game at home.

Tyler Bozak scored a shorthanded goal, Clarke MacArthur also scored and James Reimer stopped 43 shots to help Toronto beat the Boston Bruins, 2-1, in Game 5 last night and stay alive in their first-round playoff series.

Game 6 is tomorrow in Toronto, and the Leafs would need a victory then to force a decisive seventh game back in Boston on Monday.

The Bruins won Games 3 and 4 in Toronto earlier in the series. Boston has not lost on the Leafs’ home ice in the playoffs since 1959.

“I’m sure that we’ve poked the Bruins,” Leafs Coach Randy Carlyle said. “They’re going to be a very desperate team come Sunday night, and we have to be equally desperate.”

The Bruins actually turned desperate after falling behind 2-0. Toronto outshot Boston 19-8 in the first period and the edge was 25-12 at one point in the second before the Bruins outshot the Leafs 32-8 the rest of the way – including 19-4 in the third.

“The third period was more like our team,” Bruins Coach Claude Julien said. “If there’s anything you need to understand from this, it’s that we’ve got to play three periods like we did in the third if we’re going to close this off.”

Zdeno Chara scored for Boston to cut the deficit to it 2-1 with 8:48 left. The Leafs killed off a delay-of-game penalty in the last four minutes and then protected the lead when the Bruins pulled Tuukka Rask for an extra attacker with 1:11 left.

Rask made 31 saves.

“They’re a good team, they’re a mature team and they’re an experienced team,” Reimer said. “Obviously they wanted to find a way to keep it from going back to Toronto. We were able to squeak it out.”

Only once in their history have the Leafs come back to win a playoff series after falling behind 3-1: In the 1942 Stanley Cup finals, when Toronto won four straight to take the title after losing the first three games against Detroit. The Bruins are 15-2 in playoff series after taking a 3-1 lead, but they blew a 3-0 lead against Philadelphia in the 2010 Eastern Conference semifinals.

“We came in with the mindset to just get it back to Toronto to give ourselves a chance. We’ve done that,” MacArthur said. “We want to keep going. We’ve worked hard all year and I can see it starting to pay off.”

The Maple Leafs opened a 1-0 lead with a shorthanded goal in the second period when Bozak got around Andrew Ference for a breakaway and then went in alone on Rask with 8:33 left. They made it 2-0 on another Bruins mistake, taking advantage of Johnny Boychuk’s giveaway that led to MacArthur’s goal.

That’s when the Bruins began applying relentless pressure. Boston outshot Toronto 36-14 the rest of the way, including a backhander from Jaromir Jagr that appeared to barely nick Reimer’s right shoulder before passing over the crossbar with 11.1 seconds left.

Notes

∎ David Krejci had 10 points (five goals, five assists) in the series, leading the NHL in playoff scoring entering Game 5. He and Nathan Horton have combined for eight of the team’s 15 goals in the first four games.

∎ The Bruins called up Matt Bartkowski from Providence of the AHL to fill in for Wade Redden, who was out with an undisclosed injury.

∎ Toronto F Joffrey Lupul entered the night with 17 goals in 43 playoff games.

∎ Leafs D Mark Fraser missed the game. He had surgery on Thursday to repair broken bones in his face after getting hit with a puck in Game 4.

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