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11/25/2006 9:46:10 PM


TORONTO (CP) - Former Maple Leaf Brad Boyes doused a furious Toronto rally with 4:16 left in the third period Saturday night as his insurance goal settled a 3-1 win for the Boston Bruins in the first of two straight between the two clubs at Air Canada Centre.

The Northeast Division rivals meet again Tuesday at the ACC.

Marc Savard and Petr Tenkrat also scored for the Bruins (10-9-2), who have taken two of three against the Leafs this season.

Mats Sundin, in his return after a seven-game absence, scored the lone goal for the Leafs (13-8-4), who were dominating the Bruins in the third period before Boyes, a former prospect, ended their chances.

Andrew Raycroft was solid in net for the Leafs, stopping 22 shots, limiting what could have been a worse result.

Tim Thomas stopped 27 shots for the win in goal for Boston, helping the Bruins win for the sixth time in the last eight games.

Sundin, who recovered from an elbow injury, started the game between John Pohl and Chad Kilger but by the second period had been reunited with Nik Antropov and Alexei Ponikarovsky.

It is Sundin who finally solved Thomas when he banked a rebound behind him during a made scramble on a Leafs power play at 12:04 of the third period, the captain's ninth goal this season.

The Leafs then pressured in waves but couldn't get the equalizer. Boyes, parked alone in front, slipped a shot between Raycroft legs to quiet the crowd of 19,473.

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