Maple Leafs-Bruins Preview
GAME: Toronto Maple Leafs (13-6-5-2) at Boston Bruins (12-4-4-4).
TIME: Thursday, 7 p.m. EST.
Mats Sundin and the Toronto Maple Leafs look for their longest winning
streak in 10 seasons as they take on Boston Bruins in a matchup between the top
two teams in the Northeast Division.
The Maple Leafs have won six straight, and a win over the Bruins would give
them their longest run since winning 10 straight during the 1993-94 season.
One of the top catalysts for the Leafs' streak has been Sundin, who is in
his best stretch of the season. The Toronto captain has scored a goal in six of
the last nine games, including three game-winners in the last five.
"Mats is a guy that has scored very important goals for this hockey team,"
Toronto coach Pat Quinn said. "To me the guys that can score when there's
pressure on, when there's not much room out there and in tight games, are a cut
On Tuesday, Sundin scored his ninth goal of the season while Joe Nieuwendyk
had a goal and two assists to lead Toronto to a 5-4 win over the New York
Rangers in the fight-filled second game of home-and-home series.
Owen Nolan scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, his fourth score
in six games.
The Bruins, one point behind first-place Toronto, ended their four-game
winless streak (0-2-1-1) with a 6-4 win over the Atlanta Thrashers on
Boston played penalty-free hockey for the first time in more than 21/2 years
and Martin Lapointe scored the go-ahead goal in his 700th NHL game.
Joe Thornton had a goal and an assist for the Bruins, who weren't called for
a penalty for the first time since March 28, 2001, against the Maple Leafs, who
didn't have a penalty either.
"We had to win, no matter what," goalie Andrew Raycroft said. "We let it
go and tried to focus."