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BOSTON (AP) -The Maple Leafs were a timely opponent for the offensively deficient Boston Bruins.
Peter Schaefer had a pair of third-period goals, Marc Savard scored 19 seconds into the game and Tim Thomas stopped 34 shots to lead the Bruins to a 5-2 win over Toronto on Thursday night.
The Maple Leafs, who have allowed the most goals in the NHL, were a welcome relief for a struggling Bruins' offence. Boston, held to two goals or less in its previous five games and eight of 10, also got goals from Marco Strum and Glen Metropolit.
It was just the second time this season the Bruins have scored five or more goals, the other in an 8-6 win at Los Angeles on Oct. 12.
``We kept working their 'D,''' Schaefer said. ``They have a great offence and they score a lot of goals, but they give up a lot too.''
Thomas, making his ninth straight start and his first since a 45-save effort in a 2-1 win over Buffalo Saturday, held the league's second-highest scoring team scoreless with 19 saves in the final period.
After having four days off to work on their offence and study the Maple Leafs, everything seemed to click for the Bruins.
``We saw video (of Toronto),'' Boston right wing Brandon Bochenski said. ``We saw the areas we had to be in to get chances to score.''
Boston had more open shots than its had in a few games and continually worked Toronto's defence, the best evidence coming when Metropolit outhustled two defenders to make it 3-1 midway into the second.
``We didn't play well, that's for sure. We didn't play a full 60 minutes,'' Toronto centre Matthew Stajan said. ``They scored on their chances. We had a few miscues on their goals and it just wasn't acceptable. We just weren't good enough. We've got to play better than that, there's no doubt about it.''
Kyle Wellwood had a power-play goal and Alexei Ponikarovsky scored for the Maple Leafs, who have lost four of their past five.
Former Bruins goalie Andrew Raycroft started for the third time in four games for Toronto and stopped 22 shots.