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Thursday, November 15th (All times eastern)

Toronto Maple Leafs (7-7-5) at Boston Bruins (8-6-2), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - A pair of Original Six franchises will meet this evening in Boston, as the Bruins welcome the Toronto Maple Leafs to TD Banknorth Garden.

Tonight marks the first of eight meetings this season between these old rivals. Boston went 5-3 against the Maple Leafs last year and has taken eight of the last 13 encounters overall between the clubs.

Toronto has also dropped four of six and five of its last eight tests in Beantown.

The Bruins will try to stay on the winning track tonight after they ended a four-game slide last Saturday against the visiting Buffalo Sabres. Tim Thomas made 45 saves and Chuck Kobasew scored an incredible game-winning goal as Boston clipped Buffalo, 2-1.

Marco Sturm scored the other goal for the Bruins, who are completing a three- game homestand tonight. Boston is 5-2-1 on home ice this season.

Kobasew's spectacular goal came at 8:45 of the third period -- just 32 seconds after Buffalo's Daniel Paille made it a 1-1 game. Boston defenseman Dennis Wideman fired a shot which hit Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller and bounced in the air. That's when Kobasew batted the rebound out of the air, between his own legs on the backhand, and past Miller.

It was Kobasew's team-leading seventh goal of the season.

The Maple Leafs, meanwhile, have dropped two straight and five of their last seven contests (2-3-2).

Toronto's last two setbacks have come after regulation, as the New York Rangers beat the Leafs in a shootout on Saturday and Montreal earned an overtime victory Tuesday at the Air Canada Centre. Michael Komisarek's game- winning goal 35 seconds into the extra session propelled the Canadiens past the Leafs, 4-3.

The teams began the overtime session skating 3-on-3 after offsetting minor penalties were called near the end of regulation. Toronto's Bryan McCabe had his head down and did not see Komisarek, who intercepted McCabe's intended pass to Nik Antropov and broke in alone on Andrew Raycroft. Komisarek made the deke and slid the puck through Raycroft's five-hole to win the game for Montreal.

Kyle Wellwood scored two goals and Ian White collected two assists for the Maple Leafs. Raycroft made 21 saves in the loss.

The Leafs are 4-3-1 as the visiting club this season and have won two of their last three road tilts.

11/15 10:48:14 ET


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