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Leafs Win Three Straight

Thursday, 11.17.2005 / 9:31 AM ET / News
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Leafs Win Three Straight


November 17, 2005

BOSTON (AP) -- Toronto turned to its power play and backup goaltender to beat Boston.

Eric Lindros had a goal and an assist, and Mikael Tellqvist made 31 saves to lift the Maple Leafs to a 4-1 victory over the Bruins on Thursday night.

"He (Tellqvist) was focused all day,'' Lindros said. "He faced a lot of shots in the first period, but we have a lot of confidence in him.''

Toronto has won three straight for the first time this season and scored two power-play goals. The Maple Leafs began the night with the top power-play unit in the NHL.

"Our power plays have worked because of our quickness,'' Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn said. "We work on moving quicker as well as moving the puck quicker.''

Lindros and Mats Sundin broke open a 1-1 game in the third period when they scored two minutes apart. Darcy Tucker made it 4-1 with 5:27 left.

"The third period was our best period of the year,'' Sundin said. "We kept it simple and played smarter without the puck.''

Boston (7-8-5) lost its fourth straight and fell to 1-7-1 against its Northeast Division rivals. The Bruins were booed for the final five minutes.

"If I knew what was wrong, we would have won the last six,'' Bruins goalie Andrew Raycroft said. "You can't give up three third-period goals and expect to win.''

After Lindros gave Toronto a 2-1 lead with 9:52 remaining, the Maple Leafs finally broke through on their sixth power play when Tomas Kaberle's shot from the left circle deflected in off Sundin's leg.

Nik Antropov put the Maple Leafs ahead 1-0 when he slid the puck past goalie Andrew Raycroft during a scramble in front at 11:18 of the second period.

Brad Isbister tied it for the Bruins when Jiri Slegr's shot from the corner deflected off his skate and over Tellqvist's shoulder with 13 seconds left in the second period.

"We are obviously going through a difficult stretch,'' Bruins coach Mike Sullivan said. "I don't believe our problems are physical, it is more of a frame of mind.''

Jason Allison and Bryan McCabe had two assists for the Maple Leafs. McCabe has seven points in three games.

Joe Thornton went scoreless for the first time in nine games for Boston, which has allowed 18 goals during its losing streak.

Notes: Toronto was outshot 15-5 in the first period. ... Maple Leafs D Ken Klee left the game early in the first period when the skate of Bruins forward Dave Scatchard scraped his eye. ... It was the 600th meeting between the teams. Boston has only faced Montreal more times. The Bruins are 254-246-100 against Toronto. ... Bruins C Patrice Bergeron missed the game because of the flu.


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