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Bruins still have Maple Leafs’ number

Nov 30, 2011, 10:08 PM EDT

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At this point, it’s getting tough to imagine this Boston Bruins team struggling in 2011-12. There’s no doubt that they were an embattled bunch early on in the season, though, but a 7-0 thrashing of the Toronto Maple Leafs helped turn things around. Despite a 6-3 score in tonight’s game, the Bruins didn’t crush the Leafs quite like they did in their other two meetings, but the bottom line is that Boston has Toronto’s number.

The Bruins also own the top spot in the Northeast Division because of this win, by the way.

The Bruins have outscored the Maple Leafs 19-3 while generating at least six goals in each contest. The good/bad news for Toronto is that they won’t have to wait weeks for their next chance at revenge; the two teams will play again in Boston on Saturday.

It’s too early to pencil Boston in for the division title or count Toronto out altogether, but the Buds might be concerned if they drop the upcoming weekend contest. They’re behind the Bruins and have played in two more games, so that Dec. 3 match is as “big” as it gets this early in the season.

  1. 8man - Nov 30, 2011 at 10:11 PM

    Ha! Bruins fan here…..

    Err..that’s really all I have to say since the Bears are doing all the talking for me on the ice…

    Carry on, gentlemen.

  2. danphipps01 - Dec 1, 2011 at 1:18 AM

    Is anyone actually surprised? Yeah, Kessel and Lupul are lighting up every goaltender whose name isn’t “Thomas” and Phaneuf doesn’t look like a TOTAL liability this season – but initial hot streak or not, did anyone really believe a team severely lacking defensive depth and running a combination of Gustavsson and a rookie in net would challenge the Stanley Cup champions? This isn’t even a matter of team fanbases – any realistic hockey fan, whether they love or hate either team, has to know Toronto’s got few things to threaten Boston with. They’re small, they’re fairly fast and skilled, but Boston’s a defensive powerhouse and they’ve got a top six that’s been blowing the doors off of every arena for a month. Could they be closer? Oh yeah, definitely. Toronto seems to actually play worse against Boston for some reason. But it’s never going to be an honest battle between the teams as they are now. Too much of a talent difference, and too many holes in Toronto’s roster. For now, at least, it’s not much of a surprise to see them lose by fairly pronounced margins.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 1, 2011 at 1:47 AM

      Is this some kind of major revelation? The Bruins have beaten up on the Leafs for more than few years now

  3. govtminion - Dec 1, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    For what it’s worth, I was impressed with the Leafs last night- they were in it all the way until Lucic’s second goal, with less than five minutes left. They’re turning into a pretty scary team- when Reimer gets healthy again, they’ll probably be a pretty good match for Boston again. And I’m glad to see that- I’ve missed the old Toronto/Boston rivalry being a real rivalry, nice to have the Leafs catching up and making it into a tough matchup again.

  4. carol6645 - Dec 1, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Toronto is building into an NHL team capable of winning the Cup. Some still worry a bit about the Bruins but not as much as they did.

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