Rick Middleton and Mike O'Connell each scored twice as the Boston Bruins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs, 6-3, last night in Boston.

The Bruins had three power-play goals.

Middleton scored his second goal of the game, 35th of the season and 299th of his career, to put Boston ahead for good at 3-2 midway in the second period.

Brad Park passed the puck to Middleton from the right point, and Middleton shot from the right circle. The puck deflected off the stick of Toronto's Bill Harris and got by the far side of goalie Mike Palmateer.

Keith Crowder made it 4-2 at 15:13 of the middle period with a slap shot power-play goal from the same spot that Middleton scored from. It was the 32nd goal for Crowder, who has scored goals in his last six games.

O'Connell's 11th goal, at 1:04 of the third period, put Boston on top, 5-2, but Peter Ihnacak netted his 23rd of the season at 2:13. Mike Krushelnyski's 16th goal, on another power play at 12:12, restored Boston's three-goal lead.

Middleton began the scoring at 5:47 of the opening period.