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game recap

Boston Bruins 5, Toronto Maple Leafs 2 FINAL

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:54 AM

Associated Press

TORONTO (AP) _ The Toronto Maple Leafs need Ed Belfour to return if they are going to protect their division lead.

Glen Murray scored and had an assist, and the Bruins moved within a point of Toronto for first place in the Northeast Division with a 5-2 victory over the Maple Leafs on Tuesday night.

Mike Knuble, Andy Hilbert, Ted Donato and Joe Thornton scored for the Bruins, who led 5-1 early in the second. Toronto backup goalie Trevor Kidd allowed goals on three straight shots in the second.

``Belfour is a big part of their team. When he's out it's tough for them,'' Thornton said.

Kidd struggled again, allowing five goals on 26 shots. He played because Belfour sat out with a stiff back for the sixth time in seven games.

``There's a lot of teams that have played good over the last month that have caught us,'' said Kidd, whose team is tied with Ottawa with 76 points. ``Boston is one of them and Ottawa is right on our heels now.''

Fans jeered Kidd after he made several saves following the fifth goal. He has allowed 18 goals in five games.

``It's not fun, but you have to work through it,'' Kidd said. ``What else can you do?''

The Bruins have recorded at least a point in 10 straight games.

``I don't think we're surprising anyone anymore. The league knows we're playing well,'' Thornton said.

Owen Nolan and Matt Stajan scored for the Maple Leafs, who were booed as they left the ice.

Toronto defenseman Aki Berg turned the puck over twice in the first 32 seconds of the game, leading to two great scoring chances. Thornton almost scored on a breakaway after the first faceoff, and Knuble scored after Berg failed to clear the puck.

``If we don't straighten things in front of our goalie, I don't care who we put in there,'' Toronto coach Pat Quinn said.

Kidd fell to his knees too early before Hilbert put a one-timer past him at 11:44 of the first.

Nolan scored a short-handed goal at 14:56 of the first, but Murray scored as he was being checked to the ice less than two minutes later.

Toronto defenseman Karel Pilar turned the puck over before Donato made it 4-1 at 2:49 of the second. Less than a minute later, Thornton put a weak shot past Kidd.

scoring summary
1st Period
00:32
BOS
Mike Knuble (17) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
1 - 0 BOS
11:44
BOS
Andy Hilbert (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Patrice Bergeron (18), Brian Rolston (24)
2 - 0 BOS
14:56
TOR
SHG - Owen Nolan (14) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
2 - 1 BOS
16:19
BOS
Glen Murray (24) Wrist shot - ASST: Jiri Slegr (13), Patrice Bergeron (19)
3 - 1 BOS
2nd Period
02:49
BOS
Ted Donato (5) Snap shot - ASST: Martin Lapointe (7)
4 - 1 BOS
03:43
BOS
Joe Thornton (16) Wrist shot - ASST: Glen Murray (23), Jiri Slegr (14)
5 - 1 BOS
06:25
TOR
Matt Stajan (11) Snap shot - ASST: Nik Antropov (14), Nathan Perrott (2)
5 - 2 BOS
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
03:51
TOR
Mikael Renberg  Interference against  Mike Knuble
14:11
TOR
Ken Klee  Slashing against  Brian Rolston
2nd Period
02:39
BOS
Doug Doull  Fighting (maj) against  Tie Domi
02:39
TOR
Tie Domi  Fighting (maj) against  Doug Doull
08:00
BOS
Doug Doull  Too many men/ice - bench
11:53
TOR
Matt Stajan  Holding the stick against  Shaone Morrisonn
17:43
BOS
Rob Zamuner  Holding against  Matt Stajan
3rd Period
05:46
TOR
Nik Antropov  Hi-sticking against  Shaone Morrisonn
08:47
BOS
Shaone Morrisonn  Interference against  Alexei Ponikarovsky
11:09
BOS
Jiri Slegr  Tripping against  Matt Stajan
15:27
BOS
Hal Gill  Interference against  Mats Sundin
17:47
TOR
Drake Berehowsky  Interference against  Craig MacDonald
goalie stats
Andrew Raycroft
SA: 24TOI: 60:00
Saves: 22EV: 15 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .917SH: 1 - 2
Trevor Kidd
SA: 26TOI: 59:54
Saves: 21EV: 12 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .808SH: 3 - 3