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Toronto at Boston

Toivonen backstops struggling Bruins first division win

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins rode a backup goalie to their first Northeast Division win of the season.

Hannu Toivonen made 36 saves in place of the injured Andrew Raycroft to lift the Bruins to a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.

"He was solid and made timely saves when we needed them," coach Mike Sullivan said. "If your goaltender is not one of your best players, it is very difficult to win in this league."

Boston, which had been 0-5-1 in the division, won for just the second time in seven games.

Eric Lindros cut the deficit to 2-1 with 2:37 left when he scored his eighth goal, jamming the puck past Toivonen.

Toivonen -- making his third NHL start -- snapped the Bruins' six-game streak of allowing at least three goals.

"I am not going to say I am happy for him, but he played very well and deserved to win," Toronto's rookie counterpart Mikael Tellqvist said.

Sergei Samsonov scored the eventual winning goal 1:12 into the third period when he took a feed from Joe Thornton behind the Toronto net and slid the puck past Tellqvist. It was Samsonov's fifth goal in five games.

"I am tired of watching other guys make plays right on our doorstep," Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn said. "We can't be giving gifts away. It is one thing to get beat, but another to beat yourself."

Jiri Slegr's power-play goal gave Boston a 1-0 lead with 5:09 remaining in the first period. He fired a slap shot from the blue line that deflected off a Toronto player's skate and past Tellqvist.

The goal snapped the Bruins' 0-for-11 drought on the power play against the Maple Leafs and marked only the fourth time in 12 games that Boston scored first.

Toivonen sparkled in the second period when he made 20 saves while turning back several point blank opportunities.

"I hope to carry the feeling I had in the second period through for the rest of the year," Toivonen said.

Defensemen Bryan McCabe and Tomas Kaberle combined for eight shots in the second period for Toronto, which lost for the second time in seven games.

Tellqvist made 28 saves for Toronto.

Notes

Raycroft will be out for a week because of a strained hamstring. Jordan Sigalet was recalled from Providence of the AHL to replace him. ... Toronto was 1-for-5 with the man advantage and began the night with the top power play in the NHL.

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Scoreboard
Toronto (5-3-2)0011
Boston  (5-5-1) «1012
Three Stars
H. Toivonen
BOS


Saves: 36
Save Pct.: .973
T. Kaberle
TOR


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1
S. Samsonov
BOS


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
14:51Power Play - Jiri Slegr, Tip-In - Assists: P.J. Axelsson and Dave Scatchard
2ND PERIOD
None
3RD PERIOD
01:12Sergei Samsonov (6), Wrist Shot - Assist: Joe Thornton
17:23Power Play - Eric Lindros (8), Snap Shot - Assists: Kyle Wellwood and Tomas Kaberle
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
02:15Orr: Fighting - 5 min.
02:15Belak: Fighting - 5 min.
09:41Ponikarovsky: Interference - 2 min.
13:17Czerkawski: Interference - 2 min.
16:39Boynton: Hooking - 2 min.
17:56McCabe: Hooking - 2 min.
2ND PERIOD
09:14Green: Holding the stick - 2 min.
14:11Alberts: Tripping - 2 min.
3RD PERIOD
07:10Toivonen: Tripping - 2 min.
15:59Fitzgerald: Holding - 2 min.
SHOTS ON GOAL
 123OTT
Toronto10207 37
Boston1848 30
GAME INFORMATION
Attendance - 15917
Game Time - 60:00
Referees - Blaine Angus, Eric Furlatt
Line Judges - Michel Cormier, Pat Dapuzzo
 
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