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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.

"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




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