Boston (10-3-4) at Toronto (7-7-4), 7:30 pm EST
TORONTO (Ticker) — The Boston Bruins vanquished the Toronto
Maple Leafs in their last meeting at home and hope to do the
same on the road when they visit their Northeast Division rival
Boston had its five-game winning streak snapped with a 3-2
shootout loss to the New York Rangers on Saturday. The Bruins
squandered a two-goal lead in the third period and could have
moved one point behind the Rangers in the race for the Eastern
Conference lead, but dropped four back instead.
Dennis Wideman scored a shorthanded goal and defenseman Zdeno
Chara’s tally was just his second in 17 games this season after
scoring a career-high 17 in 2007-08.
The Bruins’ defensive prowess is a major factor why they still
sit atop the Northeast Division with 24 points – two ahead of
the Montreal Canadiens. Boston last yielded more than three
goals in a 5-4 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on October 25,
and has given up two or less in its last six games.
The Maple Leafs, meanwhile, have won only two of their last six
contests. They skated to a 5-4 win over the Edmonton Oilers on
Thursday, but fell, 4-2, to the Vancouver Canucks two days
Toronto’s power play came into that game ranked third in the NHL
and scored seven times in 16 chances over the previous three
games, but was just 1-for-8 thanks to defenseman Ian White, who
converted on its final try.
Beginning a three-game homestand, the Maple Leafs continue to
get great production from Mikhail Grabovski, who has 10 points
in his last seven contests.
Toronto defeated the Bruins, 4-2, in the teams’ first meeting
this season on October 23 in Boston.