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Leafs Host Bruins

Tuesday, 16.03.2004 / 9:22 AM / News
Toronto Maple Leafs

GAME: Boston Bruins (35-16-14-7) at Toronto Maple Leafs (39-22-9-3).

TIME: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. EST.

Coming off their most emotional win of the season, the Toronto Maple Leafs will try to grab at least a share of first place in the Northeast Division when they take on the visiting Boston Bruins.

The Maple Leafs rallied from a three-goal deficit in the third period to defeat Buffalo 6-5 in overtime on Monday.

Gary Roberts forced the extra period when he scored on a deflection with 37.2 seconds left in the third period. Tomas Kaberle then won it for the Leafs with a goal 1:15 into the overtime.

"We just didn't give up," said goalie Trevor Kidd, who played for just the second time in 13 games. "There was some frustration, but we were actually just looking to do something positive in the third to get ready for tomorrow's game."

The win snapped a two-game losing streak for Toronto, which had lost three of its previous four. The Maple Leafs are tied with Ottawa for fourth place in the Eastern Conference, one point behind Boston. The Senators play at Minnesota on Tuesday.

Alexander Mogilny had three assists against the Sabres, including his 1,000th NHL point, and defenseman Brian Leetch, a huge addition since coming over from the New York Rangers prior to the trade deadline, also had three assists.

"It means a lot," Mogilny said of his milestone. "It definitely feels good right now."

Mats Sundin and Owen Nolan each had two goals for Toronto, which faces four current division leaders in its next four games - Boston, Philadelphia, Colorado and Tampa Bay.

The Bruins are coming off Saturday's 3-2 overtime win over the Sabres - their third straight victory and fifth in seven games (5-1-1). Boston, which tied an NHL record with its 28th overtime game, has won three games in extra time over its last seven.

"It's not just the overtime but the close games; I can't remember the last time it wasn't," goalie Andrew Raycroft said. "I think that's going to help (in the playoffs)."

Mike Knuble, who was playing in his 500th NHL game, scored the game-winner with 3.9 seconds left for the Bruins, who are unbeaten in their last five (4-0-1).

STANDINGS: Bruins - 91 points, 1st place, Northeast Division. Maple Leafs - 90 points, 2nd place (tied), 1 PB, Northeast Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Bruins - Glen Murray, 29 goals; Joe Thornton, 47 assists and 68 points; Doug Doull, 122 PIM. Maple Leafs - Sundin, 29 goals, 40 assists and 69 points; Tie Domi, 201 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through March 14): Bruins - Power play: 16 percent (41 for 257), 16th in NHL. Penalty killing: 83.7 percent (246 for 294), 19th. Maple Leafs - Power play: 19.9 percent (66 for 331), 5th. Penalty killing: 84.5 percent (283 for 335), 13th.

GOALTENDERS: Bruins - Raycroft (24-16-8, 3 SO, 1.99 GAA); Felix Potvin (11-7-6, 4, 2.54). Maple Leafs - Ed Belfour (28-17-5, 7, 2.17); Kidd (6-5-2, 1, 3.26).

SEASON SERIES: Tied, 2-2.

LAST MEETING: March 2; Maple Leafs, 3-2. At Toronto, Sundin scored two goals for the Maple Leafs, who outshot the Bruins 35-21.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Bruins - 20-7-6-5 on the road; Maple Leafs - 20-12-2-2 at home.

-- Associated Press
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