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It’s been a quiet week for the Black and Gold since their Saturday night stomping of Phil Kessel and the Toronto Maple Leafs (10-13-7). Behind a nifty hat trick by Marc Savard, the Bruins (15-9-5) were able to pummel the young Toronto squad, racking up seven goals en route to a 7-2 beatdown. Tonight, the Leafs return to the scene of the crime, looking to avenge the embarrassing loss from five nights ago.
While the B’s haven’t played a game since Saturday night’s tilt, the Leafs have come back to win their last two games heading into tonight. On Monday, the Leafs won handily over Atlanta 5-2, while last night they held on to beat the Islanders 3-2 after squandering an early two-goal lead. Don’t be fooled by Toronto’s lousy record; this team is definitely on the rise. After just an abysmal October (1-7-4 in the month, including an 0-7-1 start), the Leafs were able to get their sniper back in the lineup, as former Bruin Phil Kessel made his Toronto debut to kick off November. The Leafs have been a much better 9-6-3 since Kessel’s return, with Phil the Thrill contributing 10 goals and six assists in his 18 games in the blue sweater.
Not a ton has changed between Saturday and today about these two squads, but let’s still take a closer look inside this divisional match-up…