Bruins, Maple Leafs looking for elusive victory

Toronto (1-2-3) at Boston (2-1-3) 7:00 p.m. EDT

BOSTON (Ticker) — The Boston Bruins are having no trouble
earning points. Claiming wins, however, has proven far more

After back-to-back shootout losses, the Bruins try to earn a
full two points on Thursday when they host the Toronto Maple

Boston has recorded at least one point in five of its first six
games, but has suffered a trio of shootout setbacks in its
previous four contests. After a 4-3 loss to Montreal in the
Canadiens’ home-opening contest on October 15, the Bruins
notched a 4-2 victory against the Ottawa Senators last Saturday.

Boston followed up that victory by coming up short in shootouts
on consecutive nights to the Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo
Sabres, respectively. The Bruins only tallied twice in 15
rounds of the bonus format during the three losses.

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“We’re close to getting another point. We need those points,”
Phil Kessel said after Tuesday’s 3-2 loss to the Sabres.

“I’ve got to bear down on the shootouts. (Going) 1-for-3 is not
great. We have to try to win those shootout games. They’re
close games, and we have to find a way to get a win.”

The Maple Leafs likely share Kessel’s thoughts after also
dropping three games by shootout in their last four contests.
Toronto has lost five straight games overall, claiming its lone
victory in the season-opening contest after it forged a 3-2 road
victory against the defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red