Boston has been able to shut down the Toronto Maple Leafs' offense recently. Now, the Bruins will try to end their own scoring woes.
After being blanked for the first time this season, the Bruins look for their fifth straight win over the Maple Leafs when they meet at Air Canada Centre on Monday in the start of a home-and-home series.
Boston (19-14-3), which wraps up a four-game road trip with this contest, lost 5-0 at Nashville on Saturday for its first shutout loss since a 2-0 defeat at Montreal on April 1.
The Bruins dropped the season-series opener 6-4 on Nov. 9, but have outscored Toronto 12-4 in winning the next four matchups.
Boston likely will have starting goaltender Tim Thomas back in net after Hannu Toivonen struggled in the loss to the Predators. Thomas is 5-0-1 with a 2.00 goals-against average in seven career games against Toronto, and has held them to one goal in each of four straight wins.
Patrice Bergeron, Wayne Primeau and Brad Stuart all scored for Boston in a 3-1 win over Toronto on Dec. 7 in the teams' last meeting.
Bergeron had his career-best 10-game point streak snapped against the Predators. He has two goals and five assists in five games against the Maple Leafs this season and is second on the team with 42 points, trailing only Marc Savard (47).
Glen Murray, who leads the team with 19 goals, had a six-game point streak snapped.
The five-goal margin of defeat tied the Bruins' largest this season - they lost 8-3 to Florida on opening night Oct. 6 - but Boston head coach Dave Lewis praised his team's efforts.
"I thought overall our guys played hard," Lewis told the Bruins' official Web site. "Sometimes you play good games and lose."
The short-handed Maple Leafs (17-17-6) have lost five of their last six games to fall into last place in the Northeast Division, one point behind Boston.
Injured forwards Michael Peca (broken leg), Nik Antropov (ankle), Kyle Wellwood (groin/hip), Alexei Ponikarovsky (shoulder) and Darcy Tucker (foot) have combined for 48 of Toronto's 124 goals this season.
The Maple Leafs got goals from Boyd Devereaux and Alexander Steen, but lost 3-2 in overtime to provincial rival Ottawa on Saturday. Deveraux's third-period goal tied the score at 2, and came in just his second game since being recalled from the minors.
"It was a great thrill," said Devereaux, who had eight goals in 78 games with Phoenix last season. "Unfortunately, it didn't turn out to be the game-winner. But it was a great thrill regardless."
Center Mats Sundin had a string of three straight games with a goal come to an end. He leads the team with 19 assists and 35 points, but has one goal in three games versus Boston this season.
The teams will meet again on Thursday in Boston.