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Associated Press
12/7/2006 9:54:58 PM


BOSTON (AP) - Brad Stuart, Wayne Primeau, and Patrice Bergeron scored third-period goals and the Bruins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 on Thursday night.

Tim Thomas had 23 saves for the Bruins, who won for the fifth time in six games. The Maple Leafs lost their sixth straight.

Primeau scored the game-winning goal with 5:53 remaining when he knocked the rebound of a shot by Mark Mowers past Maple Leafs goalie Jean-Sebastien Aubin.

Patrice Bergeron added an insurance goal with 1:19 left for Boston.

Toronto dropped its fourth straight to Boston and scored only one goal against the Bruins for the fourth straight game. The teams were playing for the fifth time in 28 days.

The Maple Leafs' struggles in the third period continued; the team has been outscored 17-2 during their losing streak and has blown a pair of two-goal leads in the final period the previous two games.

Stuart got Boston even at 1-1 with 9:47 remaining when his wrist shot beat Aubin over the right shoulder.

Jeff O'Neill scored the lone goal for the Maple Leafs. His slap shot caromed off the boards into the goal crease and he then tipped the puck into an open net while Thomas was out of position at the 5:04 mark of the second period.

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