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Miroslav Satan scored 3:25 into overtime and the Boston Bruins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 on Saturday night to maintain their small cushion in the tight Eastern Conference playoff race.
Boston is seventh in the East, two points ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers and the hard-charging New York Rangers. The Leafs, meanwhile, missed an opportunity to get within one point of Tampa Bay and Florida for 14th in the conference - a position that remains important because Boston owns Toronto's first-round pick in this year's draft.
Satan had both goals for Boston (36-30-12), which has scored just five times in four games.
Colton Orr had the lone goal for the Maple Leafs (29-36-14).
On the winning goal, Satan fooled goalie Jonas Gustavsson by tipping defenseman Zdeno Chara's point shot with the shaft of his stick.
It was another frustrating game for Toronto's Phil Kessel, who failed to score against his former team for the sixth time this season. The winger finished with one assist and a minus-4 rating while facing the Bruins.
The Maple Leafs came out with plenty of jump in their second-to-last home game. They directed a couple quality chances at former Toronto draft pick Tuukka Rask and got the opening goal from an unlikely source.
Orr scored from the high slot at 5:10 of the first, roofing the puck after it had been blocked in front by a Bruins defenseman. It was a career-high fourth goal of the season for the Leafs' enforcer.
Boston tied it at 7:01 of the second period when Satan was left alone at the side of the net and batted a rebound behind Gustavsson for his seventh of the season.
The Leafs goalie was busy in the middle period and made a nice save on David Krejci's rush to keep it 1-1 heading into the third.
Rask stood tall during a third-period Toronto power play and did well to stop Dion Phaneuf's point shot. Gustavsson denied Blake Wheeler on a rush up the wing.
Satan managed to get the puck behind Gustavsson, but it was swept to safety by Phaneuf.
This program aired on April 4, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.
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