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Monday, March 25th
(All times Eastern)
Toronto Maple Leafs (17-12-3) at Boston Bruins (20-7-3), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Toronto won its first game against Boston in nearly two
years on Saturday and the Maple Leafs will aim for a home-and-home sweep when
they visit the Bruins for Monday's Original Six clash at TD Garden.
The Maple Leafs ended an eight-game losing streak in the series, holding off
the Bruins in Saturday's 3-2 decision at Air Canada Centre. It was the first
win for Toronto against its Northeast Division rivals since March 31, 2011.
On Monday, the Leafs will try to halt a four-game skid in Boston, where
Toronto has lost 10 of its last 12 contests.
"We have three more periods in a very tough building where we haven't had
success before and it's going to take a more intense effort than we had
tonight to go in there and have success," Toronto head coach Randy Carlyle
said after Saturday's win.
Toronto has won two of its last three games and has earned a point in four
straight outings (2-0-2). The Maple Leafs, who are after their first
postseason appearance since 2004, are currently sixth in the Eastern
Nazem Kadri, Mikhail Grabovski and Frazer McLaren all scored goals Saturday as
Toronto jumped out to a 3-0 lead before holding on for the win. Boston
received third-period goals from Dennis Seidenberg and Andrew Ference, but
goaltender James Reimer came up big for the Leafs with 31 saves.
Reimer stopped 11-of-13 shots in the third period and Toronto was outshot by a
33-13 margin in the win,
The victory marked Toronto's first points of any kind in this series since
winning the 4-3 shootout decision in Boston on March 31, 2011.
Kadri has three goals and six assists during a four-game point streak. He
leads Toronto with 34 points this season and is tied for the team lead in
goals with 14.
Toronto, which is 9-6-1 on the road this season, will get forward Joffrey
Lupul back for the rematch against Boston. Lupul was suspended two games for a
hit Wednesday against Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman and he served the final part
of that ban on Saturday.
After losses in three of their last four games, the Bruins will try to break
through their worst stretch of the season on Monday. Boston is still 20-7-3 on
the year and trails Montreal by two points for first place in the Northeast
Division. The Bruins are also the East's fourth-seeded club and find
themselves six points ahead of Toronto in the standings.
Bruins netminder Anton Khudobin stopped only 8-of-11 shots on Saturday before
being pulled in favor of Tuukka Rask early in the third period.
"The way we gave up the three goals -- they were mistakes," Boston head coach
Claude Julien said.
Rask is expected to get the start on Monday and is 7-1-0 with a 1.41 goals
against average in 10 career games against Toronto.
Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk sat out Saturday's game with a bruised right
foot and is questionable for Monday. Boychuk sustained the injury after taking
a shot in the foot at Friday's practice.
Boston has four straight on home ice and is 10-2-1 as the host this season.
03/25 10:44:28 ET