The Leafs head into the FleetCenter in Boston on Thursday night with momentum on their side. That's because they beat the Bruins on Tuesday 2-0 at Air Canada Centre. Leafs goalie Curtis Joseph played his best game of the year. Joseph, who stopped 30 shots against Boston, made several outstanding saves and was the game's first star.
Joseph credits a strong defensive effort by the Leafs for the win. Toronto's defence didn't allow much room for the Bruin forwards to move and when the opportunity was there, Joseph slammed the door shut.
Pat Quinn decided to juggle his lines for Tuesday's game. He put Gary Roberts with Mats Sundin and Mikael Renberg, while Nik Antropov centred Alexander Mogilny and Shayne Corson. The latter line did struggle to find its game, but showed some promise.
Thursday's contest will mark Tie Domi's second game since coming back from an eight-game suspension. Quinn didn't give Domi many minutes on Tuesday, but that will change as the rugged winger rounds into game shape.
The Leafs hope that Mogilny can get out of his scoring slump. Since scoring his fourth goal against Anaheim on Oct. 8, the Russian sniper hasn't registered a goal in his last six games.
The Bruins come into this game after trading their best offensive player on Wednesday. Jason Allison, who has been in a contract stalemate with the Bruins since the summer, was traded along with winger Mikko Eloranta to Los Angeles for centre Jozef Stumpel and winger Glen Murray. Both Stumpel and Murray began their careers with Boston. Both are expected to play in Thursday's contest.
Boston also received a blow as forward Rob Zamuner suffered a collarbone injury against Toronto on Tuesday night and could miss 4 to 6 weeks.