NEWARK, N.J. - If hockey is a game of inches, then for one night consider the Maple Leafs masters.
The puck on the winning goal by Tyler Bozak on Saturday night barely made it over the line, but it was enough to allow Toronto to vacate the Prudential Center with a 2-1 triumph over the New Jersey Devils.
Bozak’s effort on a breakaway at 8:02 of the third enabled the Leafs to win after they were bad in a loss against Philadelphia on Thursday, and it sent the fading Devils to their sixth loss in a row.
The Leafs were hanging on to a 1-0 lead when Bozak converted Phil Kessel’s pass. Martin Brodeur got most of Bozak’s flip shot, but not all of it, and the puck was a few inches over the goal line when Steve Bernier arrived a moment too late to clear it away.
As it turned out, the goal was crucial.