Home    News    Scoreboard    Standings    Schedule    Stats    Teams

NHL Preview from The Sports Network

Saturday, April 3rd (All times eastern)

Boston Bruins (35-30-12) at Toronto Maple Leafs (29-36-13), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Coming off a potentially costly home loss in their last outing, the Boston Bruins skate into Toronto's Air Canada Centre tonight for their final 2009-10 meeting with the rival Maple Leafs.

Boston enters tonight's Northeast Division clash as one of the top eight seeds for the upcoming Eastern Conference playoffs, but the team's grasp on a postseason spot is a tenuous one at the moment.

The Bruins are currently tied with Philadelphia for eighth in the standings with 82 points, two less than sixth-seeded Montreal and just two ahead of Atlanta and the New York Rangers. Including tonight's contest, Boston has just five games remaining in the regular season.

The Bruins failed to help their cause on Thursday, when the club fell to non- contending Florida by a 1-0 score at TD Garden. The Panthers, who had lost four in a row coming in, received 36 saves from Scott Clemmensen in an outstanding performance between the pipes.

Clemmensen outdueled Tuukka Rask, with the Boston netminder stopping 19-of-20 shots in a solid showing of his own. The game's only goal came 7:15 into the first period, when Florida's Keith Ballard sent a wrist shot that snuck under Rask's right pad.

"I saw the shot. I thought I had it and I started to squeeze it in and suddenly it was in the net," Rask said. "It went through my armpit. That's one of those goals you want to have back. But it's just one goal and you can't be perfect."

Boston, which had won four of six prior to the disappointing defeat, will attempt to bounce back against the basement-dwelling Maple Leafs, whose 71 total points are the fewest in the East. Toronto did come up with an impressive victory its last time out, though, handing Northeast-leading Buffalo a 4-2 defeat Thursday at the Air Canada Centre behind a strong third period.

Luke Schenn snapped a 2-2 deadlock when he scored unassisted with 11:30 left to play, and Fredrik Sjostrom put the finishing touches on the win with an empty-net tally in the final minute. Toronto outshot the Sabres by a 13-6 margin over the final session and a 34-24 count for the game.

"The goals we scored were the results of hard work," said Leafs head coach Ron Wilson afterward. "You have to earn every goal."

Viktor Stalberg and Garnet Exelby also lit the lamp for Toronto, which received 22 saves out of goaltender Jean-Sebastian Giguere.

The Maple Leafs will be playing the third test of a four-game residency, the team's final homestand of the season. Toronto will then close out its campaign with road tilts at the New York Rangers and Montreal.

Boston owns a solid 19-13-6 road record in 2009-10 and has won its last three matchups away from home. The Bruins have gone just 0-1-1 in their two previous stops in Toronto this season, however.

The Bruins are 3-1-1 overall versus the Leafs this season and have prevailed in eight of the last 10 meetings between the longtime foes.

04/03 11:09:41 ET

©2015 The Sports Network. All Rights Reserved.  home | terms of use | privacy policy | comments | SportsNetworkdata.com