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Toronto returns home after a 7-1 shellacking of the Washingotn Capitals on Friday night, to take on the Boston Bruins tonight in the first of a 2-game homestand between the two clubs (7:00PM ET, CBC).

Darcy Tucker and Jeff O'Neill each had a goal and two assists for 3 points against the Capitals (Tucker scoring his 16th goal of the year), and Michael Peca, Hal Gill, Matt Stajan, and had 1 goal and 1 assists each. kyle Wellwood and Bryan McCabe scored the other goals for Toronto.

The Leafs played a much improved game against the Capitals then in their loss to the Sabres, and made less mistakes in the defencive zone, limiting the Caps to just 23 shots and capitalizing on the careless play of Washington.

Related Topic: http://www.hockeyforum.com/toronto-maple-leafs/4290-maple-leafs-cruise-past-capitals.html

To continue giving the team a boost, Mats Sundin may be returning to the line-up tonight when the Leafs face the Bruins. The Leaf captain has been out since injuring his elbow in a game against the Philadelphia Flyers on November 6th.

In his absence, Toronto had still managed to average 4 goals per game, but the Leafs still see Sundin's return as beneficial to the team:

Paul Maurice said:
"There are enough players that I would expect to score that we should be able to survive, but at the end of the day we need him back in our lineup."
Related Topic: http://www.hockeyforum.com/toronto-maple-leafs/4310-sundin-return-against-bruins-tonight.html

Darcy Tucker leads the team in Points with 24 in 24 games (16G, 8A), and Tomas Kaberle is 2nd in the league for points by a defenceman with 23 (7G, 16A), 1 behind Anaheim's Chris Pronger's 24 (4G, 20A). After only collecting 2 points in his first 6 games of the year, Kaberle now has 21 in his last 18.

Related Topic: http://www.hockeyforum.com/toronto-maple-leafs/3852-tomas-kaberle-finally-meeting-expectations.html

Andrew Raycroft was solid in Toronto's win over Washington, and looks to play his former team again tonight at the Air Canada Center. He currently holds a falling 2.75 Goals against Average and a .909 Save Percentage after 18 Game Played.

Toronto is 13-7-4 after 24 games for 30 points on the year, and trail League and Northeast division leading Buffalo by 8 points.

The Leafs are still 4th in the East and 1 point ahead of Montreal, who defeated the Sabres 2-1 in Overtime last night

Topic of Interest: http://www.hockeyforum.com/montreal-canadiens/4293-habs-souray-sinks-sabres-overtime.html

The Bruins on the other hand, are coming off of a 5-1 loss to the Stanley Cup Champion Carolina Hurricanes.

The team had won 4 of 5 before the loss and have positioned themselves 5 points out of the playoffs after struggling early in the year. The Bruins are still currently at .500, with a 9-9-2 record.

Glen Murray leads the team with 11 goals, while Marc Savard leads them in points with 26 Points (5G, 21A).

Goaltender Tim Thomas had been playing much better for the bruins lately, but still posts a 3.16 Goals against Average and .899 Save Percentage after 16 Games.

Boston is last in the Northeast Division with 20 Points, and 13th in the Eastern Conference.
 

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I haven't been able to participate as much as usual lately, but either this week or next week, I'll be posting more than the gameday thread. :)
 
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