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Game Day Preview

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
GAME: Boston Bruins (3-1-1-0) at Toronto Maple Leafs (2-3-1-0).

TIME: Monday, 7:30 p.m. EDT.

The Boston Bruins wrap up a season-opening six-game road trip when they face the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre.

After dropping their first game of the season 5-1 to the Minnesota Wild, the Bruins, who play their first home game Thursday against the Ottawa Senators, have fared well away from Boston. They have scored 15 goals and are undefeated in the last four games.

Boston captain Joe Thornton believes that the success has been a full team effort.

"We've got a lot of guys that step up, and I think that's key for this team," he said. "We've got 20 guys in here that go out and play hard, and as long as we do that, we'll be successful."

The Bruins received a boost from a pair of rookies in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Winger Ivan Huml's game-winner at 15:39 of the third was his first career goal.

Travis Green scored his first goal of the season in Montreal.
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"I tried to shoot it as hard as I could," said Huml, who is from the Czech Republic. "I saw it went in, and I was very happy. That was one of my best games I ever played," he said.

Goaltender Tim Thomas, filling in for the injured John Grahame, who separated his shoulder on Wednesday and is out indefinitely, made 31 saves in his first NHL appearance.

"How could it have gone any better?" Thomas asked after the game. "I guess I could've got a shutout, but it didn't matter."

Toronto comes in off Saturday's 2-2 tie with the Montreal Canadiens. Travis Green and Tomas Kaberle both scored for the Leafs.

"We were down 2-1 after the second period and we knew we had to come back and put the puck in a little bit deeper," said Kaberle, whose goal tied the game. "That's what we did, and we got one in the middle of the third period, and we're happy for the one point tonight."

Goalie Ed Belfour, who returned to the team after missing four games with an infected cut on his right thumb, stopped 29 shots. Belfour recorded a shutout in his only other appearance, Toronto's 6-0 season-opening win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

STANDINGS: Bruins - 7 points, 1st place, Northeast Division. Maple Leafs - 5 points, 2nd place (tied), 2 PB, Northeast Division.TEAM LEADERS:

Bruins - Glen Murray, 3 goals; Thornton, 7 assists, 8 points and 12 PIM.

Maple Leafs - Alexander Mogilny, Mats Sundin, Darcy Tucker and Kaberle, 3 goals; Mogilny, 7 assists and 10 points; Tucker, Nikolai Antropov, Mikael Renberg and Karel Pilar, 10 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Oct. 19):

Bruins - Power play: 12 percent (3 for 25), 23rd in NHL. Penalty killing: 80.6 percent (25 for 31), 19th.

Maple Leafs - Power play: 27 percent (10 for 37), 3rd. Penalty killing: 79.5 percent (31 for 39), 22nd.

GOALTENDERS:

Bruins - Steve Shields (1-0-1, 0 SO, 2.86 GAA); Thomas (1-0-0, 0, 3.00); Grahame (1-1-0, 0, 3.00). Maple

Leafs - Trevor Kidd (1-3-0, 0, 3.78); Belfour (1-0-1, 1, 0.96).

2001-02 SEASON SERIES: Maple Leafs, 4-1. Boston's only win over the Leafs was a 2-1 overtime victory on Oct. 25. Toronto's Green scored two goals and assisted on three in the series.

LAST MEETING: March 14; Maple Leafs, 2-1. At Boston, Alyn McCauley scored the game winner at 14:38 of the second period. Corey Schwab, now with the New Jersey Devils, stopped 19 of 20 shots for Toronto.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Bruins - 3-1-1-0 on the road; Maple Leafs - 1-2-0-0 at home.

NOTES:The Leafs have sent a Ric Jackman to the St. John's Maple Leafs on a conditioning stint. Toronto's roster is set at 21.
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