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Bruins look to bounce back against Maple Leafs

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Boston (10-3-4) at Toronto (7-7-4), 7:30 pm EST

TORONTO (Ticker) -- The Boston Bruins vanquished the Toronto

Maple Leafs in their last meeting at home and hope to do the

same on the road when they visit their Northeast Division rival

on Monday.

Boston had its five-game winning streak snapped with a 3-2

shootout loss to the New York Rangers on Saturday. The Bruins

squandered a two-goal lead in the third period and could have

moved one point behind the Rangers in the race for the Eastern

Conference lead, but dropped four back instead.

Dennis Wideman scored a shorthanded goal and defenseman Zdeno

Chara's tally was just his second in 17 games this season after

scoring a career-high 17 in 2007-08.

The Bruins' defensive prowess is a major factor why they still

sit atop the Northeast Division with 24 points - two ahead of

the Montreal Canadiens. Boston last yielded more than three

goals in a 5-4 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on October 25,

and has given up two or less in its last six games.

The Maple Leafs, meanwhile, have won only two of their last six

contests. They skated to a 5-4 win over the Edmonton Oilers on

Thursday, but fell, 4-2, to the Vancouver Canucks two days


Toronto's power play came into that game ranked third in the NHL

and scored seven times in 16 chances over the previous three

games, but was just 1-for-8 thanks to defenseman Ian White, who

converted on its final try.

Beginning a three-game homestand, the Maple Leafs continue to

get great production from Mikhail Grabovski, who has 10 points

in his last seven contests.

Toronto defeated the Bruins, 4-2, in the teams' first meeting

this season on October 23 in Boston.