NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Boston
(Thursday, December 22nd)
Final Score: Boston 4, Toronto 1
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Hannu Toivonen stopped 26 of the 27 shots he faced to lead Boston past Toronto, 4-1, in the opener of a home-and-home at TD Banknorth Garden.
Alexei Zhamnov scored his first goal of the season and Brian Leetch had three assists for Boston, which has won two of its last three games since dropping three straight.
Mariusz Czerkawski scored Toronto's lone goal and Mats Sundin registered the primary assist for the Maple Leafs, who have lost five of their last seven. Mikael Tellqvist was often dazzling in net and made 21 saves in all, but Toivonen was just a little better.
Travis Green lit the lamp late in the first period to stake Boston to a 1-0 lead. Glen Murray assumed control of the puck along the boards before dishing it into the right circle for Green, who fired a shot into the upper-right portion of the net with 1:43 remaining in the stanza.
Toronto netted the equalizer midway through the second. Czerkawski received a pass from Sundin as he flew into the zone and unleashed a hard slap shot from the point that zipped over the left shoulder of Toivonen at the 12:50 mark.
The Bruins, though, reclaimed the advantage just 3:02 later on a Zhamnov tally. Marco Sturm's slap shot was turned away by Tellqvist, but Zhamnov picked up the rebound in front and elevated a backhander into the top shelf to make it 2-1.
Toivonen allowed that lead to stick, as he extinguished five Toronto power play chances in the second period alone and nine altogether.
Wayne Primeau extended the Boston advantage to two goals 6:23 into the final frame. Brad Isbister got his own rebound after being stuffed on a wraparound try, then skated out to the circle and tried to put the puck back on net. The shot was blocked but Primeau pounced on the rebound and wristed it in.
Brad Stuart added a wrister from the left circle in the final minute to cap the scoring.
Green had been without a goal in his previous 18 games...Stuart's goal was his first since being traded from San Jose in the deal which sent Joe Thornton to the Sharks...The Maple Leafs, who are 6-7-2 on the road, will host the Bruins on Friday...The Bruins are 6-6-2 on home ice, and now own a 3-2 edge in the season series against Toronto.
12/22 21:53:49 ET