Bruins-Maple Leafs Preview
The Boston Bruins are set to open a four-game trek after picking up another two points in front of their home fans.
Coach Claude Julien's team doesn't figure to get much support from the crowd Sunday night.
The Bruins visit Toronto for the first time since stunning the Maple Leafs in Game 7 of last season's Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
Boston (19-8-2) erased a 4-1 deficit in the last 10:42 of regulation to force overtime, with the last two goals coming in the final 1:22. Patrice Bergeron, who tied things up with 51 seconds left, went on to net the game-winner and eliminate Toronto.
Boston has also outscored the Maple Leafs 48-18 in taking 10 of 11 regular-season meetings. The Bruins won 3-1 on Nov. 9 behind two more goals from Bergeron, improving to 31-9-5 in the series since 2006-07.
"We were not really focused on what happened last year," said Zdeno Chara, who also scored in last month's victory. "That was something that was behind us."
The Bruins are coming off Saturday's thrilling 3-2 win over Pittsburgh. David Krejci tied the score with 1:29 left in regulation before Chara tallied the go-ahead goal with 13 seconds remaining.
"It was a good win for us," Julien told the NHL's official website. "For us to kind of grind it out and get those two late goals and get the win in regulation, I think we have to build on that."
Aside from losing Loui Eriksson to a concussion, the Bruins were forced to finish without Shawn Thornton, who received a match penalty for taking down Brooks Orpik from behind, pulling him to the ice and punching him while he was down.
"Obviously I made a mistake," said Thornton. "I'm aware of it. I've been told that they're having a hearing and it's hard for me to say much more other than that's not my intention. I feel awful. I feel sick."
While the Bruins are 10-0-2 in their last 12 at home, they have been limited to 13 goals in losing five of seven on the road.
The Maple Leafs (16-11-3) had been outscored 22-11 during an 0-3-2 skid before posting back-to-back wins, 3-2 over Dallas on Thursday and 4-3 in a shootout at Ottawa on Saturday. James van Riemsdyk had a goal and two assists while Phil Kessel added one of each.
"We found a way to win the hockey game," said coach Randy Carlyle, whose team blew a two-goal lead in the second period. "We've had some down times of late so we're going to take the points and move on. We need to continue to focus on the things we do well and when we skate and attack we can be a hockey club that can have success."
After Jonathan Bernier made 48 saves against the Stars, James Reimer turned away 47 shots Saturday.
"It's our job to get in front of them and give the team a chance and that's it," Reimer said. "We don't really care how many shots we're giving up. Our job is to stop the puck from going in the net."
Reimer is 1-4-1 with a 2.85 goals-against average in his last six regular-season games versus Boston. Bernier allowed a career-high seven goals in his only matchup against the Bruins, an 8-6 loss in 2007 while with Los Angeles.