Toronto (5-4-4) at Boston (6-3-3), 7:00 pm EST
BOSTON (Ticker) — The Toronto Maple Leafs have learned the hard
way that a potent offense never will negate a lifeless defense.
After a string of several impressive offensive efforts, the
Maple Leafs look to firm up their defense when they visit the
Boston Bruins in a battle of Northeast Division rivals on
Toronto has scored 21 goals in its last five games but is just
2-2-1 in that span as it has yielded just as many tallies.
The Maple Leafs’ offense was in top form again on Tuesday, but
it was not enough to secure a victory. Toronto fell into a 4-1
hole in the first period against the Carolina Hurricanes and
eventually spoiled a thrilling comeback with a 5-4 overtime
After dropping the first game of the home-and-home series on
Sunday, the Maple Leafs rallied back as Mikhail Grabovski capped
his second straight two-goal performance early in the third
period to forge a 4-4 tie. But in the end, Carolina defenseman
Niclas Wallin scored 1:52 into overtime, handing Toronto its
second straight setback.
The Maple Leafs have outshot their opponents in eight
consecutive games and have registered at least 35 shots in seven
of their last eight. They outshot the Hurricanes, 27-8, over
the final 40 minutes of regulation and by a 42-24 overall
Boston has won four of its last five, mostly because of Tim
Thomas’ brilliance. The 34-year-old goaltender recorded
back-to-back shutouts against the Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver
Canucks last week and shined in the team’s last game – a 5-1 win
over the Dallas Stars on Saturday.
He was backed by Marco Sturm’s two-goal effort and Patrice
Bergeron, who netted his third tally of the season. After
missing all but 10 games last season due to a concussion,
Bergeron also has five assists in 12 games.