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Kadri lifts Leafs over Bruins in OT 4-3; Toronto goalie Bernier leaves with injury

  • Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Paul Ranger (15) drives Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron onto goaltender Jonathan Bernier during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Toronto on Thursday, April 3, 2014. Bernier left the game injured on the play. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

    Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Paul Ranger (15) drives Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron onto goaltender Jonathan Bernier during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Toronto on Thursday, April 3, 2014. Bernier left the game injured on the play. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)  (The Associated Press)

  • Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Paul Ranger (15) drives Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron onto goaltender Jonathan Bernier during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Toronto on Thursday, April 3, 2014. Bernier left the game injured on the play. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

    Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Paul Ranger (15) drives Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron onto goaltender Jonathan Bernier during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Toronto on Thursday, April 3, 2014. Bernier left the game injured on the play. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)  (The Associated Press)

  • Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier is helped off the ice after being injured during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins in Toronto on Thursday, April 3, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

    Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier is helped off the ice after being injured during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins in Toronto on Thursday, April 3, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)  (The Associated Press)

Nazem Kadri scored 2:51 into overtime and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 on Thursday night.

Brad Marchand, Milan Lucic and Patrice Bergeron scored for Boston, which lost back-to-back games for the first time since Feb. 26 and March 1. Boston backup goalie Chad Johnson made 27 saves.

Bergeron tied the game at 12:51 of the third against backup goalie James Reimer, after Lucic scored 5:03 into the final period.

Paul Ranger, Tyler Bozak and James van Riemsdyk scored for Toronto , which lost goaltender Jonathan Bernier midway through the third.

Toronto (38-32-8) improved to 84 points with its second straight victory, a very important one after eight straight regulation losses sent the season off the rails. But the Leafs didn't get any help in their playoff quest, as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Philadelphia Flyers to get to 85 points and remain in the Eastern Conference's second wild-card spot.