TORONTO (AP) _ Travis Green thoroughly enjoyed beating his former team.
Green, waived by the Maple Leafs in October, scored twice as the Boston
Bruins clinched a playoff spot with a 2-1 victory over Toronto on Tuesday
``I'd be lying if I said it doesn't feel good to come back and get the
win,'' Green said.
Green, who scored the go-ahead goal with 7:29 left in the third, said he
felt betrayed by the Maple Leafs.
``I thought I'd given this team a lot during the two years I was here,''
In his initial return to Toronto on March 2, Green thought he played he
played with too emotion.
``The emotion got the better of me, he said. ``I wasted a lot of energy
trying to get some hits. I felt a lot better coming back the second time.''
Green had two power-play goals for the Bruins, who have won four straight.
Boston, unbeaten in six games (5-0-1), moved three points ahead of Toronto
for first place in the Northeast Division. The Bruins joined Tampa Bay and
Philadelphia as teams that have secured postseason berths in the Eastern
``It's a big two points. It's going to be tight until the last game of the
season,'' Green said.
Boston went 2-for-5 on the power play, and the Maple Leafs went 1-for-6.
Green couldn't remember the last time he played on the power play.
``It was a nice change,'' he said.
Toronto's Ed Belfour made 27 saves. Andrew Raycroft stopped 22 shots for the
Raycroft was happy to see Green haunt his former team.
``It's a good story. It's fun to see guys come in and take it to their old
mates,'' Raycroft said. ``It's nice to see Green get on the board, too. He's
had a lot of chances lately.''
Joe Nieuwendyk scored for the Maple Leafs, who have lost four of six.
Nieuwendyk gave Toronto a 1-0 lead with a wrist shot from the circle at 7:00
of the first.
Green streaked toward the net and made it 1-1 on the power play at 6:08 of
the second. He gave Boston the lead by putting a rebound past Belfour as Green
was being checked to the ice.
Toronto defenseman Brian Leetch saved a goal by making a stick save in the
second, and Boston's Jiri Slegr hit the post with a shot in the second.
The Maple Leafs pulled Belfour for an extra skater, but couldn't score with
an extra attacker in the final 30 seconds.
``We had one team play as if it was the playoffs,'' Toronto coach Pat Quinn