Energy-filled Maple Leafs take on Bruins

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.

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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.