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Bruins Blank Buds, 3-0

Tuesday, 02.20.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
By John Bishop  -
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Toronto, ON --
Minus defenseman Andrew Alberts, center Patrice Bergeron and winger Glen Murray, who are all nursing injuries, the visiting Boston Bruins defeated the Maple Leafs, 3-0, in front of 19,578 at the Air Canada Centre Tuesday night in Toronto.

Boston's Stanislav Chistov, P.J. Axelsson and Jason York all scored for Boston, while B's goaltender Tim Thomas made 44 saves in his third shutout of the season and fourth "0" of his career.

"We needed people to step up and make a difference," said Thomas. "And that is exactly what you saw.

"Yorkie getting a goal. P.J. Axelsson played an excellent game and the "D" played well to a man (with) a couple of key blocked shots by Andrew Ference and Bobby Allen."

The Black & Gold came into the game trailing Toronto by six points for a share of eighth place and the final Eastern Conference playoff spot and were determined to win the final game of the season series after defeating Toronto in four of seven games on the campaign.

And it was Chistov who helped the Bruins take control of the pivotal game early.

The diminutive Russian forward took a feed from Bruins points leader Marc Savard and slammed the puck home, through former Boston goalie and current Maple Leafs keeper Andrew Raycroft at 7:13 of the first period.

It was Chistov's fourth goal of the season and the only goal of the stanza.

"That goal was really important to us, that first goal," said Boston Bruins head coach Dave Lewis of Chistov's score. "(After that) we kept a lot of the shots to the outside (and) sort of took the crowd out of it."

Meanwhile, at the other end of the ice, Thomas kept his goal light green with 12 saves on 12 Toronto shots in the first and sent his Bruins to the locker room in the lead, 1-0.

"When we needed a big save," said Lewis, "Timmy was there."

The second period was an outstanding session for the Boston Bruins as defensively minded forward P.J. Axelsson scored a shorthanded goal (his 10th goal of the season), from linemate Brad Boyes and defenseman Allen at 14:14 of the second stanza.

Then, off a nifty pass from new Bruins forward Brandon Bochenski, veteran D-man York scored his first goal of the season, first goal as a Bruin, and his first goal since 2004 at 17:41 to make the score 3-0.

"I am just happy we won," said a smiling York after the game, despite having taken a puck to the temple later in the game. "I had the feeling that it was time to finally contribute with a goal."

Raycroft was pulled after the second and was replaced by Jean-Sebastien Aubin, but Toronto was unable to turn the tide of the game's momentum as Thomas stopped shot after shot in the final period, and put his personal stamp on yet another Boston victory -- his 26th of the season.

"I think (Tim) is seeing the puck very well and the guys did a good job in front of him, keeping the shots and the players to the outside," said Lewis.

"He was fantastic," said York of Thomas. "He did a great job."

All of the Bruins did a great job on this night and will look to continue their current three-game win streak in Tampa on Friday.
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1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
3 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
4 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
5 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
6 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
7 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
8 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48


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L. Eriksson 74 19 24 2 43
M. Lucic 74 17 25 12 42
D. Hamilton 72 10 32 -3 42
C. Soderberg 75 12 28 10 40
B. Marchand 70 22 17 5 39
R. Smith 74 13 25 10 38
T. Krug 71 12 24 13 36
D. Krejci 40 7 21 6 28
C. Kelly 73 7 20 7 27
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