NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Thursday, December 22nd (All times eastern)
Toronto Maple Leafs (17-13-3) at Boston Bruins (11-16-6), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - After being blown out by rival Ottawa on Saturday, the Toronto Maple Leafs rebounded well. They try to make it two straight wins tonight when they visit the Boston Bruins at the TD Banknorth Garden in the opener of a home-and-home.
On Monday, Matt Stajan recorded two goals and an assist, while Kyle Wellwood scored once and helped out on three others, as Toronto rolled to a 9-6 victory over the New York Islanders at the Air Canada Centre.
Mats Sundin, Alexei Ponikarovsky, Ken Klee, Jeff O'Neill and Darcy Tucker each had a goal and an assist as the Maple Leafs gave goaltender Ed Belfour his 448th career win, which moved him past Terry Sawchuk for second place in NHL history.
Belfour had failed in his previous five chances to set the record and was peppered in his last try, an 8-2 loss to Ottawa on Saturday. The veteran netminder recorded 27 saves in this one.
The Maple Leafs, who are 6-6-2 on the road, will host the Bruins on Friday.
Boston, meanwhile, has lost four of its last five games. On Saturday the B's were blanked, 3-0, by the Flames in Calgary. Dion Phaneuf, Tony Amonte and Stephane Yelle scored less than two minutes apart early in the first period to spark the Flames.
Andrew Raycroft made 26 saves for Boston, which missed on five power-play chances and closed out a brief road trip.
The Bruins were shut out for the first time this season.
Boston has scored two goals or less in four of the seven games since former captain Joe Thornton was traded to San Jose.
The B's are 5-6-2 on home ice.
Toronto and Boston have split four meetings this season.
12/22 10:33:34 ET