Boston Bruins defeat Toronto Maple Leafs, 7-5

The Boston Bruins seem to be gearing up for a long playoff run.

After holding a comfortable lead in the Eastern Conference for most of the season, the Bruins can finally see the start of the postseason coming into view.

A 7-5 victory over the Toronto on Saturday night left Boston with just eight games remaining in the regular season. Coach Claude Julien believes each of them is important even though his team seems destined to wrap up the No. 1 seed a little early.

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Nearly a week off helped the Bruins recapture their scoring touch, and it also sent them into a slight defensive tailspin, all of which was on display at Air Canada Centre last night as the Eastern Conference leaders handed the Maple Leaf woebegones a 7-5 loss before a sellout crowd of 19,360.

Led by a pair of Mark Recchi power-play goals, and three assists each from Dennis Wideman and Matt Hunwick, the Bruins rallied from deficits of 1-0 and 3-2 for their 47th victory ...

Mark Recchi scored two goals, and Dennis Wideman and Matt Hunwick each added three assists to help the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Bruins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-5 on Saturday night.

Chuck Kobasew, Michael Ryder, Shawn Thornton, David Krejci and Blake Wheeler also scored for Boston in its fourth victory in six games.

Alexei Ponikarovsky scored twice, and Nikolai Kulemin, John Mitchell and Niklas Hagman added goals for Toronto.