The Leafs begin the last half of their season in Boston when they visit the Bruins to complete the last half of a home-and-home against the team. (7:00PM ET)
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Toronto finally won against Tim Thomas and the Bruins (after losing 4 consecutive games to them and going 1-3-1) with a 5-1 romping over the team on New Year's Day.
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Mats Sundin continued his torrid pace with 2 goals and 1 assist, for 17 Points in his last 8 games. The Captain currently leads the team with 38 points in 34 games played (18G, 20A).
Former Bruin Hal Gill, Jeff O'Neill, and Marlies call-up Kris Newbury scored the other goals for Toronto, who are 18-18-5 and currently claim the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 42 Points. Toronto is 4th in the Northeast Division, the win putting them 1 point ahead of the Bruins.
The Leafs were again with out Centermen Kyle Wellwood and Michael Peca, and Winger Alexei Ponikarovsky.
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Andrew Raycroft, stopping 27 of 28 of shots against his former club, is likely to start tonight against the Bruins once more after playing a solid game in the win for Toronto.
Raycroft is 16-12-4 and has a 3.02 Goals Against Average and .895 Save Percentage through 32 games played.
Darcy Tucker, who returned to the line-up and leads the team in goals (19), had one of his more fiestier appearances this year.
Boston, on the losing end of the game, look to rebound when they return home.
Goaltender Tim Thomas, who had been playing well for the Bruins, allowed 5 goals on 35 shots, including a few weaks ones from Sundin and Newbury.
Before the game, he had only allowed 2 or less goals in each of the last 4 victories against the Leafs. Thomas is now 17-9-3 after games, and holds a 3.07 Goals Against Average and .906 Save Percentage after 31 games.Tim Thomas (about Sundin 2nd goal of the game) said:"It was a pretty darn good shot, but it's one that I save nearly every time".
Marc Savard continues to lead the team in points with 48 in 37 games played, while Glen Murray continues to lead the team in goals with 37 in as many games.
Defenceman Zdeno Chara had the lone goal for the Bruins, who are now 19-15-3 after 37 games played, and trail Toronto by 1 point for the last playoff spot in the East Boston is also last in the Northeast Division, again trialing Toronto by 1 point.
Tonight's game will be the 6th of 8 meetings between the two clubs.