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Thursday, December 4th (All times eastern)

Toronto Maple Leafs (13-6-5-2) at Boston Bruins (12-4-4-4), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Toronto Maple Leafs seek their seventh consecutive victory tonight when they visit the Boston Bruins at FleetCenter for a key Northeast Division matchup.

With 33 points, the Maple Leafs are one ahead of the Bruins in the standings entering this evening's action.

Toronto kept its run with a 5-4 win over the NY Rangers on Tuesday, giving the Leafs a home-and-home sweep. Owen Nolan scored late in the second period to snap a tie, and Ed Belfour turned away 12 of the 13 shots he faced in the third period to pace the home victory.

Mikael Renberg, Joe Nieuwendyk and Nolan each posted a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs, who took the lead for good after Nolan's seventh goal snapped a 3-3 tie. Mats Sundin added a third-period goal and Belfour finished with 25 saves.

The Leafs' current winning streak, their longest since a 10-gamer in 1993-94, comes on the heels of an 0-2-2-1 slide. An 8-4-4-1 road club, they'll host Detroit on Saturday.

Boston, meanwhile, ended an 0-2-1-1 slump with a 6-4 win in Atlanta on Wednesday. Martin Lapointe's goal with 8:40 remaining in the third period broke a tie and lifted the B's to the decision. Joe Thornton, Travis Green, Michal Grosek, Mike Knuble and Rob Zamuner also scored for the Bruins, while Andrew Raycroft stopped 26 shot.

Thornton has picked up the pace in the goal-scoring department after a slow start, tallying three times in the last four games. He currently sits tied for fifth in the NHL with 27 points (6g, 21a).

The Bruins, 4-2-3-1 on FleetCenter ice, open a three-game homestand tonight and will welcome Philadelphia to town on Saturday.

Boston went 3-2 against Toronto last season, but the Leafs have won five of the last eight meetings overall. Toronto has also dropped four-of-six in Beantown.

12/04 10:38:22 ET


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