Bruins-Maple Leafs Preview
GAME: Boston Bruins (35-16-14-7) at Toronto Maple Leafs (39-22-9-3).
TIME: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. EST.
Coming off their most emotional win of the season, the Toronto Maple Leafs
will try to grab at least a share of first place in the Northeast Division when
they take on the visiting Boston Bruins.
The Maple Leafs rallied from a three-goal deficit in the third period to
defeat Buffalo 6-5 in overtime on Monday.
Gary Roberts forced the extra period when he scored on a deflection with
37.2 seconds left in the third period. Tomas Kaberle then won it for the Leafs
with a goal 1:15 into the overtime.
"We just didn't give up," said goalie Trevor Kidd, who played for just the
second time in 13 games. "There was some frustration, but we were actually
just looking to do something positive in the third to get ready for tomorrow's
The win snapped a two-game losing streak for Toronto, which had lost three
of its previous four. The Maple Leafs are tied with Ottawa for fourth place in
the Eastern Conference, one point behind Boston. The Senators play at Minnesota
Alexander Mogilny had three assists against the Sabres, including his
1,000th NHL point, and defenseman Brian Leetch, a huge addition since coming
over from the New York Rangers prior to the trade deadline, also had three
"It means a lot," Mogilny said of his milestone. "It definitely feels
good right now."
Mats Sundin and Owen Nolan each had two goals for Toronto, which faces four
current division leaders in its next four games - Boston, Philadelphia,
Colorado and Tampa Bay.
The Bruins are coming off Saturday's 3-2 overtime win over the Sabres -
their third straight victory and fifth in seven games (5-1-1). Boston, which
tied an NHL record with its 28th overtime game, has won three games in extra
time over its last seven.
"It's not just the overtime but the close games; I can't remember the last
time it wasn't," goalie Andrew Raycroft said. "I think that's going to help
(in the playoffs)."
Mike Knuble, who was playing in his 500th NHL game, scored the game-winner
with 3.9 seconds left for the Bruins, who are unbeaten in their last five
STANDINGS: Bruins - 91 points, 1st place, Northeast Division. Maple Leafs -
90 points, 2nd place (tied), 1 PB, Northeast Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Bruins - Glen Murray, 29 goals; Joe Thornton, 47 assists and
68 points; Doug Doull, 122 PIM. Maple Leafs - Sundin, 29 goals, 40 assists and
69 points; Tie Domi, 201 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through March 14): Bruins - Power play: 16 percent (41 for
257), 16th in NHL. Penalty killing: 83.7 percent (246 for 294), 19th. Maple
Leafs - Power play: 19.9 percent (66 for 331), 5th. Penalty killing: 84.5
percent (283 for 335), 13th.
GOALTENDERS: Bruins - Raycroft (24-16-8, 3 SO, 1.99 GAA); Felix Potvin
(11-7-6, 4, 2.54). Maple Leafs - Ed Belfour (28-17-5, 7, 2.17); Kidd (6-5-2, 1,
SEASON SERIES: Tied, 2-2.
LAST MEETING: March 2; Maple Leafs, 3-2. At Toronto, Sundin scored two goals
for the Maple Leafs, who outshot the Bruins 35-21.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Bruins - 20-7-6-5 on the road; Maple Leafs - 20-12-2-2 at