Leafs Make Their Road Debut Against Bruins
MAPLE LEAFS (4-0-1) at BRUINS (2-4-0)
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Season Series: This is the first of six meetings between the Original Six rivals. Toronto beat the Bruins four times last season, with two of those victories coming via the shootout.
Big Story: Are the Bruins suffering from a Stanley Cup hangover? Four months after hoisting Lord Stanley for the first time in four decades, the Bruins find themselves with only two wins in their first six games of the 2011-12 season and have scored more than two goals only once. But coach Claude Julien is confident the defending champs will turn things around shortly.
"We don't expect anyone to feel sorry for us, because who would?" Julien said. "We just came off a Stanley Cup championship. Nobody's going to feel sorry for us. So it's just a matter of taking it upon yourselves as a team to battle your way out of it. Let's not feel sorry for ourselves. Let's just show our character, which we've shown many times before, and battle our way out of it. I know this team will do that."
Maple Leafs: Ex-Bruin Phil Kessel did it again Wednesday night. The Leafs' sniper tallied a goal and two assists as Toronto rallied for a 4-3 shootout win against the Winnipeg Jets at the Air Canada Centre. In just five games, Kessel now has 7 goals and 12 points. Those numbers are a huge reason why the Maple Leafs haven't lost in regulation this season.
"I don't see any holes in his game right now," Leafs coach Ron Wilson said of Kessel. "He's backchecking, forechecking, making good decisions with the puck and staying on top of things.
"He wants the puck all the time, he's demanding it and he's getting it. That's the big thing."
Bruins: Boston's woes continued Tuesday night, when the B's were sent to the penalty box time and time again in a 4-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes at TD Garden. Boston was whistled for 11 penalties in the second and third periods and even saw Julien get ejected with 3:44 remaining.
"It's good to be emotional and physical as long as you're not frustrated," Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference said. "This sport's designed where you're allowed to be physical, but as long as you're not punching guys in the head all the time."
Who's Hot: Kessel isn't the only Leaf producing. Lupul's pair of goals Wednesday give him 4 for the season to go along with 3 assists. … Tyler Seguin has arguably been Boston's best player in the early going. The second-year pro has a goal and 4 assists in six games.
Injury Report: The Leafs could be without Colby Armstrong after he suffered a lower-body injury on his first shift Wednesday night and did not return. Tim Connolly (shoulder) is close to returning for Toronto. … David Krejci (abdomen), Steven Kampfer and Adam McQuaid (concussion-like symptoms) are questionable for the Bruins. Marc Savard (concussion) is out for the season.
Stat Pack: Toronto scored power-play goals 27 seconds apart in the third period to erase a 3-1 deficit Wednesday night. The Leafs had not scored with the man advantage in their previous 17 attempts. … Rich Peverley's power-play goal Tuesday ended Boston's 0-for-22 drought.
Puck Drop: "We didn't play well for two periods. We came back in the effort in the third period. That's not the way you want to win every night, but that was the way we had to get it done tonight." -- Lupul after Wednesday's 4-3 win