BOSTON (AP) -- The Toronto Maple Leafs have had plenty of players
help keep their winning streak going.
"When you win seven in a row, you are getting contributions
from different guys each night," Leafs defenseman Ken Klee said.
"When guys like [Joe] Nieuwendyk and [Mats] Sundin are out on the
ice, you know good things will happen."
Nieuwendyk scored two power-play goals for the Maple Leafs, who
are on their longest winning streak since taking 10 straight in
1993-94. Five of Toronto's seven victories have come on the road.
"We may have caught them on an off night," Nieuwendyk said.
"They had a tough one last night against Atlanta, and they looked
Nieuwendyk scored the first of three power-play goals for
Toronto when he converted a pass from Sundin and beat Felix Potvin
at 16:23 of the first period for a 1-0 lead.
Nieuwendyk has three goals and seven points in the last three
games for Toronto, which pulled within one point of Philadelphia
for the top spot in the Eastern Conference and three points ahead
of Boston in the Northeast Division.
Belfour is 13-4-3 lifetime, including four shutouts, against
"We are riding high and playing with a lot of confidence right
now," Leafs forward Owen Nolan said. "We can't let our heads get
swollen and need to just keep doing the small things that are
helping us win."
Potvin has only one victory since Oct. 28 and is 1-4-2 in his
last seven starts. The Bruins are 1-3-1-1 in their last six.
"They took it to us pretty good," Potvin said. "We had a
pretty good stretch at home before the last three games, and we have
to get it back."
The Bruins' struggles at home continued as they were shut out
for the third time and fell to 4-3-3-1, including a three-game
"Toronto is a good team, the type of team that gives you a
chance to see where you're at, and we're not there yet," Bruins coach
Mike Sullivan said.
Nolan had three assists and Sundin and Klee had two apiece for the
Leafs, who have won three straight in Boston.
Sundin's 27 game-winning goals leads the NHL since the
start of 2000-01. ... Bruins F Sergei Samsonov hasn't scored in 11
games. ... The Bruins' top line of Joe Thornton, Glen Murray and
Mike Knuble has combined for 70 points this season. ... Nieuwendyk
has 35 points in 33 career games against Boston.