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Thursday, November 16th (All times eastern)

Toronto Maple Leafs (11-5-3) at Boston Bruins (6-7-2), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Toronto Maple Leafs shoot for their fifth consecutive win tonight when they visit the Boston Bruins at TD Banknorth Garden.

Toronto has won seven of its last eight games overall, including Saturday's 5-1 win over visiting Montreal. Bryan McCabe posted two power-play goals and an assist to lead the home victory.

Tomas Kaberle added a goal and a pair of assists to extend his career-high point streak to eight games for the Maple Leafs. Nik Antropov and Matt Stajan scored the other two goals in the victory, while Kyle Wellwood notched three assists.

Kaberle has seven goals and eight assists during his scoring tear and is tied with Anaheim's Chris Pronger for the NHL scoring lead among defensemen with 17 points overall.

Jean-Sebastien Aubin finished with 25 saves in place of the injured Andrew Raycroft, who is on the shelf with a groin injury. The former Bruin is day-to- day, but isn't expected to play tonight.

The Leafs also remain without captain Mats Sundin, who will be sidelined until next month with an elbow injury.

Defenseman Pavel Kubina, who has missed most of the season with a knee injury, is expected to return to Toronto's lineup. The free-agent pickup hasn't played since October 9.

Toronto will host New Jersey on Saturday.

Boston, meanwhile, has won its last two games -- its first winning streak of the season. On Wednesday, Patrice Bergeron's goal in the second round of the shootout proved to be the game winner as the Bruins edged the Washington Capitals, 3-2, at the Verizon Center.

Marc Savard posted two assists while Phil Kessel and Brad Stuart scored regulation goals in the victory. Tim Thomas finished with 33 saves for Boston and stopped all three skaters in the shootout.

Boston opens a three-game homestand tonight and will host Washington on Saturday.

Toronto defeated Boston, 6-4, on November 9 in Beantown and has won three of the last four meetings.

11/16 16:03:55 ET

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