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Leafs aim for better outcome in Boston

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM


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Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Boston Bruins

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MAPLE LEAFS (10-13-7) at BRUINS (15-9-5)

Last 10 -- Toronto 7-2-1; Boston 7-2-1

Season series -- The Leafs are coming to TD Garden for the second time in less than a week. The Bruins torched them 7-2 last Saturday, extending their winning streak over Toronto to six games.

Big story -- The memory of the beating they took last Saturday is vivid among the Leafs, who've beaten Atlanta and the New York Islanders at home since then while the Bruins were off.

''I'm glad we're playing the Bruins again,'' Leafs coach Ron Wilson said after Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Islanders at the Air Canada Centre. ''We can't play any worse than we did the last time.''

Team Scope:

Maple Leafs -- Phil Kessel is determined that his second trip back to Boston will be better than the first one. The Bruins dealt Kessel to the Leafs before the start of the season, and Toronto had to wait until early November for him to recover from off-season shoulder surgery. Since his arrival, they've been a different team -- after starting 0-7-1, they've climbed within three games of the break-even mark and are 6-2-0 in their last eight games.

''I struggled,'' he said of his performance in Boston last Saturday. ''I don't think I can go in there again and struggle like that. ... We've got to go in and win.''

Bruins -- With a break between games against an opponent they blew out on Saturday, the Bruins spent some time working on all facets of their game -- and trying to make sure they don't come out complacent against a team that will be eager for revenge.

"They came in here and lost 7-2; do you think they're going to come in here and do the same thing?" coach Claude Julien told the team's Web site. "I think they're going to want to bounce back like we did from our shellacking in Montreal so we should expect an even tougher team on Thursday."

Who's hot -- Kessel has 10 goals and 16 points in the 18 games he's played with the Leafs. … Goaltender Tuukka Rask, who beat Toronto on Saturday, has been on a roll. He's 5-0-1 in his last six starts, allowing only 10 goals, and is 8-2-2 for the season with a 1.97 goals-against average, second in the NHL.

Injury report -- Toronto defenseman Carl Gunnarson and center John Mitchell are on IR. … Boston defenseman Dennis Wideman is "questionable," according to coach Claude Julien, after leaving Saturday's game with an upper-body injury. Another defenseman, Derek Morris, didn't skate Monday or Tuesday while taking what the team called "maintenance days" but is expected to play.

Stat pack -- Toronto has scored the first goal just eight times in its first 30 games. The Leafs are 6-0-2 when they score first but 4-13-5 when they surrender the first goal. … Before Marc Savard had a hat trick against the Leafs last Saturday, Boston's last previous three-goal game belonged to Kessel, who scored three against the Islanders on April 12.

Puck drop -- The Leafs can't get out on the ice fast enough to satisfy their determination to make up for Saturday night's blowout loss. However, they'll be playing their third game in four nights against a team that's had four days to rest up, so going home with two points won't be easy.

2009-2010 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 03 '10 BOS 2 at TOR 1 - OT M. Satan
Mar 09 '10 BOS 3 at TOR 4 - OT N. Kulemin
Mar 04 '10 TOR 2 at BOS 3 - SO M. Satan
Dec 19 '09 BOS 0 at TOR 2 T. Kaberle
Dec 10 '09 TOR 2 at BOS 5 D. Krejci
Dec 05 '09 TOR 2 at BOS 7 Z. Chara
T. Kaberle3122830-7610
N. Hagman3014923+11941
M. Stajan3091322-12051
M. Grabovski3171522+2211
A. Ponikarovsky3111920+62230
J. Blake3151419+21422
P. Kessel1910616+41102
I. White3151116+112910
L. Stempniak317815-41021
F. Beauchemin3131013-61330
N. Kulemin27639-2600
J. Mitchell22279-42710
J. Finger15268-8500
W. Primeau24224+11800
L. Schenn31044+03300
C. Gunnarsson8044+4400
C. Orr31112-57501
R. Wallin23022-71200
J. Rosehill6101-21600
M. Komisarek23011-73500
J. Mayers19011-55200
G. Exelby16011-51900
V. Stalberg8011-5200
C. Hanson6011-2400
T. Bozak1011-2000
J. Tlusty2000-2000
J. Gustavsson166-5-5434293.14.900
V. Toskala143-5-2463583.76.872
J. MacDonald61-4-0171573.20.892
P. Bergeron3081624+21002
Z. Chara3021719+84211
M. Sturm309817+91800
M. Recchi3071017+21640
B. Wheeler307916-31612
D. Krejci2841115+11221
D. Morris3031215-11420
M. Savard158614+1841
M. Ryder307512-1630
S. Begin30279+12201
D. Wideman27279-31220
B. Bitz26358+11901
D. Paille25268-2600
M. Hunwick29437-3811
M. Lucic10235+31301
M. Stuart30224-12600
V. Sobotka21224-3600
S. Thornton28123-26100
J. Boychuk5112+3500
A. Ference30022-11200
B. Marchand12011-11800
C. Kobasew7011-2200
T. Whitfield7000-1500
G. Lefebvre1000+0000
M. Lehtonen1000-1000
T. Rask149-2-2273991.97.932
T. Thomas177-7-3424882.48.914
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