NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, November 20th (All times eastern)
Boston Bruins (9-7-2) at Toronto Maple Leafs (8-8-5), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Toronto Maple Leafs will try to win back-to-back games for the first time in nearly a month when they welcome the Boston Bruins for tonight's test at Air Canada Centre.
The Maple Leafs are 8-8-5 on the season and are coming off Saturday's home win over the mighty Ottawa Senators. A victory tonight would give Toronto its first winning streak since posting consecutive decisions over the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers on October 25 and 27.
Toronto shut out the visiting Senators on Saturday, as Vesa Toskala stopped all 24 shots faced and Darcy Tucker scored the game-winning goal to lead the Leafs to the 3-0 win. It was just the third loss of the season for Ottawa, which leads the NHL with 30 points.
Toskala, who was acquired in the offseason from the San Jose Sharks, recorded his ninth career shutout and first as a Leaf.
Mats Sundin and Jiri Tlusty also tallied for Toronto, which snapped a three- game losing streak. Bryan McCabe and Tomas Kaberle chipped in with a pair of assists in the victory.
Sundin has notched a point in five straight games and has two goals and four helpers during the run.
The Leafs are just 4-4-4 as the host this season and are completing a brief two-game homestand tonight.
The Bruins, meanwhile, will try to bounce back this evening from a rough loss last time out. Boston visited Montreal on Saturday night and was handed a 7-4 setback as Roman Hamrlik, Mike Komisarek and Alex Kovalev notched third-period goals to break open a close game.
Glen Murray scored two goals and added one assist for the Bruins, whose two- game win streak came to a crashing halt against their oldest rival. Zdeno Chara and Marco Sturm also tallied and Marc Savard added three assists.
Tim Thomas allowed all seven goals, but managed to make 45 stops in defeat.
Tonight's test marks the second of two straight road games for the Bruins, who are just 3-5-1 away from Beantown this season. Boston will return home for Friday's game against the New York Islanders, but will then head out on a six- game road trip.
The Bruins and Maple Leafs met for the first time this season in Boston last Thursday, and the home team skated away with a 5-2 victory. Boston has taken six of eight and seven of the last 10 encounters and has been victorious in three of its previous four trips to Toronto.
11/20 10:32:33 ET