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Tuesday, March 16th (All times eastern)

Boston Bruins (35-16-14-7) at Toronto Maple Leafs (39-22-9-3), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The three-way dance for the Northeast Division title goes on display tonight when the Toronto Maple Leafs welcome the Boston Bruins to Air Canada Centre.

Boston leads the race with 91 points -- one ahead of both the Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators. The Bruins are three points behind second-place Philadelphia in the overall East standings, and four back of the conference-leading Tampa Bay Lightning.

Toronto hopes to put together some momentum after ending a two-game losing streak with Monday's wild 6-5 overtime win in Buffalo. Tomas Kaberle scored the game-winning goal 3:45 into OT, capping a come-from-behind triumph at HSBC Arena.

Owen Nolan and Mats Sundin added two goals apiece for the Leafs, who rallied from a 5-2 third-period deficit. Brian Leetch and Alexander Mogilny each added three assists for Toronto, which had lost six of its previous 10 games.

Trevor Kidd made 23 saves for Toronto, including a lunging stop in overtime to give the Leafs the chance at the win.

Leetch's two helpers give him seven in six games since being acquired from the NY Rangers earlier this month. Fellow newcomer Ron Francis added an assist, giving him two in three games since coming over from Carolina.

Toronto, which has won four of its last six at home, will visit Philadelphia on Thursday.

Boston, meanwhile, has vaulted to the top of the division with a 4-0-1 spurt, including three consecutive wins. On Saturday the Bruins completed a home-and- home sweep of Buffalo with their second straight 3-2 overtime victory. Mike Knuble scored his second game-winner in a row, this time with only four seconds left in the extra session.

Glen Murray and Nick Boynton also tallied for the Bruins, who rallied from a two-goal deficit. Andrew Raycroft stopped 23 shots for Boston, which is 7-2-3-1 in the last 13 games overall.

The Bruins tied an NHL record with their 28th overtime game of the season. The 1999-2000 Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers, as well as the 2002-03 Colorado Avalanche also share the mark.

Boston, which is 14-1-2 when leading after one period this season, will begin a five-game homestand Thursday against Minnesota.

The B's and Leafs have split four games this season, but the Maple Leafs have won seven of the last 12 meetings overall. Boston has lost three of its last four at the ACC.

03/16 10:38:14 ET


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