TORONTO (AP) -Michael Ryder, Phil Kessel and Matt Hunwick scored, leading the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night.
Jason Blake and Mikhail Grabovski scored for the Maple Leafs, who have only two wins in their last eight games.
The Leafs returned home from a swing through Western Canada about 24 hours before the game and it showed during a sluggish start.
They didn't get much help from goalie Vesa Toskala, either. He was particularly shaky during the first period, letting a soft shot from Kessel go through his legs at 9:40 and giving up a big rebound to Hunwick before he scored his first NHL goal at 13:18.
Suddenly, Boston had a 2-0 lead and the game appeared headed for a blowout.
But Blake gave the Maple Leafs some momentum late in the opening period. He took a nifty bank pass off the end boards from Ian White and fired a shot over Tim Thomas at 17:51.
Toronto had several chances to tie it during the second period. The Maple Leafs were given three straight power plays - including 21 seconds with a 5-on-3 advantage - but couldn't get another shot past Thomas, who made saves while flopping all over his crease.
A nice individual rush by Ryder restored Boston's two-goal lead. The former Montreal Canadiens sniper dragged the puck around Leafs defenseman Pavel Kubina and beat Toskala high at 14:11.
Toronto found its legs in the third period after Grabovski scored his ninth goal of the season at 8:53 to make it 3-2. Niklas Hagman made a nice move to beat a defender and the puck found its way to a wide-open Grabovski at the side of the net.
Bruins defenseman Aaron Ward took a late penalty and the Maple Leafs pulled Toskala, but Thomas stood tall during a late flurry.
Notes: Attendance was 19,410. ... Toronto's 4-2 win over Boston on Oct. 23 is the only game the Bruins have lost by more than one goal this season. ... White has points in seven of the eight games he's dressed in for the Maple Leafs. ... Jonas Frogren was a healthy scratch for Toronto. Andrew Ference (leg) and Petteri Nokelainen sat out for the Bruins. ... Claude Julien coached his 100th game for Boston.
Next Up: The Buffalo Sabres will travel to Boston to face the Bruins on Wednesday evening. Buffalo fell to the Penguins on Saturday in Pittsburgh as Jordan Staal had two goals, including the tiebreaker late in the third period. Pittsburgh scored four third-period goals to rally for their sixth straight victory, 5-2. Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville scored for Buffalo but the Sabres lost for the second straight night after falling 6-1 at home to Columbus. Tickets are still available, here.