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Rask Up To The Task; B’s Top Toronto, 2-1

Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins defends the goal during as teamate Zdeno Chara #33 battles with Fredrik Sjostrom #11 of the Toronto Maple Leafs during game action January 3, 2011 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Bruins closed out their five-game road trip Monday night in Toronto, beating the Leafs 2-1 at Air Canada Centre, with the help of a stellar performance from Tuukka Rask.

Rask, who was pulled after just 20 minutes in Saturday’s 7-6 shootout loss to the Sabres, stopped 36 shots against the Leafs, with exactly half of them coming in a spirited third period. For Rask, it was just his third win on the season.

Toronto got on the board first, when Mikhail Grabovski notched his 14th goal of the year, flipping the puck past Rask while on a nicely crafted breakaway.

It wasn’t until the second period when Boston evened the score, when Nathan Horton ringed the right post and had the puck deflect in, past rookie goaltender James Reimer. For Horton, it was his first goal in 10 games. Horton earned himself another point on the night, assisting in the game-winner. Center Marc Savard sent the puck through traffic, getting past Reimer and the Toronto defense, thanks in part to a well-executed screen by linemate Milan Lucic. That goal proved to be enough, with Rask turning away all challengers in the final period, holding on to the 2-1 win.

With the victory, Boston ends their road trip with an impressive 3-0-2 record, earning points in each of the five contests. They’ll head back to Boston now, where they’ll wait to take on the Minnesota Wild Thursday night at TD Garden.

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