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Toivonen stops 26 shots as Bruins bag Leafs

BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Bruins finally played with some
confidence.

The Bruins turned in a strong effort in the third period and got
outstanding goaltending to win only their second game in their last
seven at home Thursday night.

Alexei Zhamnov got the tiebreaking goal, his first score of the
season, and Hannu Toivonen stopped 26 shots to lead the Boston
Bruins to a 4-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"We played better with the lead than we have and tonight showed
us we can do that," Toivonen said. "We needed to build confidence
with the lead and we did that and got some points tonight."

Travis Green, Wayne Primeau and Brad Stuart also scored, and
Brian Leetch had three assists as Boston won for the second time in
its last seven games at home.

The Bruins improved to 3-1-1 against the Maple Leafs this
season.

Toronto, the league's third-highest scoring team in power-play
opportunities, was 0-for-9 with the man advantage. Toivonen stopped
two-man advantages in each of the first two periods.

"We've got to do a better job on the power-play," Maple Leaf
defenseman Bryan McCabe said. "Those are key situations and when
we don't produce we don't win."

Mikael Tellqvist had 21 saves for the Maple Leafs.

Green's fourth goal of the season gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead
with 1:43 left in the first period.

Toronto tied the game at 1 at 12:50 of the second period as
Mariusz Czerkawsi got his third goal of the year on a shot from
just above the left faceoff circle.

"We're not consistent enough at putting the puck on the net and
when you miss the net, it's basically a turnover," Toronto coach
Pat Quinn said.

Zhamnov regained Boston's lead on a backhander off a rebound at
15:52.

"Sometimes you forget what it feels like to score and getting
that second one was very important for us tonight," Zhamnov said.
"When I saw the empty net in front of me I almost lost the puck."

Primeau scored his first goal -- and his first point with the
Bruins at 6:23 of the third period to give Boston a 3-1 lead.
Stuart capped the scoring with a power-play goal with 32 seconds
left in the game.

The teams conclude their home-and-home series Friday night at
Toronto.

Game notes
Zhamnov was playing in his 800th career game. ... The
Bruins played only three home games in December, with nine road
contests. ... Three Boston players Marco Sturm (Germany), P.J.
Axelsson (Sweden) and Milan Jurcina (Slovakia) have been chosen to
represent their countries in the Olympics. ... The Maple Leafs are
6-1 when they score a short-handed goal. ... After scoring nine
goals in their last game against the New York Islanders, the Leafs
were held scoreless on eight shots in the first period.