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GAME: Boston Bruins (4-5-0) at Toronto Maple Leafs (4-2-2).
TIME: Monday, 7:30 p.m. EDT.
The Toronto Maple Leafs had their longest winning streak of the season snapped with perhaps their worst game. The Boston Bruins ended their longest losing streak with one of their best offensive performances.
After suffering their first loss in nearly two weeks, the Maple Leafs look to bounce back when they host the Bruins in the first of eight meetings this season between the Northeast Division rivals.
Toronto had a four-game winning streak end Saturday with a 5-2 to loss to visiting Philadelphia.
Eric Lindros' goal at 1:27 of the third forged a 2-2 tie, but the Flyers scored three straight goals to put the game away.
"They got better in the third, we didn't," Toronto coach Pat Quinn said.
Lindros has scored at least one goal in five straight games with six total in that span. Also contributing offensively for the Leafs is defenseman Bryan McCabe, who is second in the NHL with 13 points.
Lindros has little choice but to take on a bigger offensive role while Toronto captain Mats Sundin recovers from an eye injury sustained in the season opener on Oct. 5. Sundin isn't expected to return for at least another two weeks.
The Bruins snapped a three-game losing streak with a 6-3 victory over winless Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Dave Scatchard and Joe Thornton each scored twice for the Bruins, who went 4-for-14 on the power play after scoring only eight power-play goals in their first eight games this season.
"Your special teams better be good because that could be the difference between a lot of wins and a lot of losses," Scatchard said.
Boston won for the first time since Oct. 13 and tied its season high for goals in regulation. Thirteen of the Bruins' 31 goals this season have come in two games against the Penguins.
Thornton, playing his second game after missing three with a back strain, began the night with six assists and was a physical presence near the net.
"He was our leader just by his actions," Bruins coach Mike Sullivan said. "He's trying to make a concerted effort to be a scoring threat himself."
STANDINGS (through Oct. 22): Bruins - 8 points, 5th place, 4 PB, Northeast Division. Maple Leafs - 10 points, 4th place, 2 PB, Northeast Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Bruins - Glen Murray, 5 goals and 11 points; Thornton, 8 assists; Hal Gill, 23 PIM. Maple Leafs - Lindros, 7 goals; McCabe, 11 assists and 13 points; Wade Belak, 26 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through Oct. 22): Bruins - Power play: 19.7 percent (12 for 61), 9th in NHL. Penalty killing: 81.0 percent (51 for 63), 20th. Maple Leafs - Power play: 28.3 percent (17 for 60), 2nd. Penalty killing: 83.3 percent (40 for 48), 13th (tied).
GOALTENDERS: Bruins - Andrew Raycroft (3-4-0, 0 SO, 3.24 GAA); Hannu Toivonen (1-1-0, 4.49). Maple Leafs - Ed Belfour (3-2-2, 3.33); Mikael Tellqvist (1-0-0, 2.00).
2003-04 SEASON SERIES: Maple Leafs, 3-2.
LAST MEETING: March 25; Maple Leafs, 3-0. At Boston, Belfour earned his eighth shutout of the season and Joe Nieuwendyk, Ron Francis and Nik Antropov scored for Toronto.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Bruins - 3-3-0 on the road; Maple Leafs - 2-2-1 at home.