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NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Boston



(Thursday, November 15th)

Final Score: Boston 5, Toronto 2

Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Peter Schaefer scored two goals and assisted on another to help the Boston Bruins down the Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-2, at TD Banknorth Garden.

Marc Savard and Glen Metropolit each added a goal and an assist for the Bruins, who have won two straight following their four-game losing streak. Brandon Bochenski chipped in two assists and Tim Thomas turned aside 34 shots to earn the win.

Kyle Wellwood and Alexei Ponikarovsky tallied for Toronto, which has dropped its last three contests and six of eight overall. Andrew Raycroft allowed five goals on 27 shots.

"We didn't play well, that's for sure," said Toronto center Matt Stajan. "We didn't play a full 60 minutes. 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."

Schaefer's two third-period goals in a 3:24 span expanded the lead to 5-2. The first tally came at the 2:11 mark when he drove to the net and wristed the puck through the five-hole. On the second goal, the Bruins were on the power play and Raycroft stopped Bochenski's offering from the right circle with his right pad, but he kicked it out to Schaefer, who deposited the juicy rebound in the back of the net.

Boston killed two of Toronto power plays in the remainder of the third to secure the win.

"We've been struggling scoring goals and Timmy Thomas has been playing great for us all year, just like he did again tonight, so it was nice to help him out a little bit," said Schaefer. "We're just going to have to keep working hard and get those cheesy goals."

Boston nabbed a 1-0 lead 19 seconds into the game on a perfectly executed give-and-go between Savard and Glen Murray. Off a faceoff win deep in the Maple Leafs zone, Savard twirled with the puck at the left circle, dropped it to Murray and rolled out to the slot. Murray slid the puck back to Savard, who beat Raycroft along the stick-side.

Toronto countered on the power play to tie the score, 1-1, at the 11:08 mark of the first. Bryan McCabe's point shot bounced off the glass and then off the top of the cage. The puck went right to Wellwood, parked at the front of the net, and he backhanded the puck past Thomas.

The Bruins answered back 32 seconds later. Dennis Wideman's low shot from the point was stopped by Raycroft, but Marco Sturm pounced on the carom and snapped it home. It was Sturm's team-leading eighth goal.

Metropolit extended Boston's lead to 3-1 with 9:44 remaining in the second when he came out from behind the net and snapped a shot over Raycroft's left shoulder.

Ponikarovsky responded 1:41 later to trim the lead to 3-2. Mats Sundin's attempted tip-in went wide of the net, but he gathered the puck and fired it on goal from a sharp angle. Ponikarovsky was standing outside the crease, corralled the loose puck and wristed it behind Thomas.

Game Notes

Thursday's game was the first meeting of the season between the original six franchises...The Bruins have won six of eight and seven of the last 10 meetings...Boston improved to 6-2-1 at home and to 8-2-2 when scoring first...Sturm extended his goal-scoring streak to three games...Sundin has one goal and four assists during his four-game point streak...Bruins goaltender Manny Fernandez remains day-to-day with a left knee strain and will not accompany the team to Montreal for its game Saturday night. Tuukka Rask, who was called up from Providence on Thursday, will travel to Montreal.

11/16 00:08:23 ET


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