Matt BernierContributor IDecember 11, 2009

BOSTON - DECEMBER 02: Mark Recchi #28 of the Boston Bruins skates against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the TD Bank Garden on December 2, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Last Saturday was the first meeting between the Bruins and the Leafs, and it was no contest as the Bruins blew out Toronto 7-2. The Leafs would be back at the garden Thursday night to try and collect points against the bruins who had not played since the last meeting.

into the first period and the Bruins would start where they left off as Mark Stuart would score from the blueline giving Boston the early 1-0 lead. despite the Bruins early lead the period would end with both teams getting 9 shots on goal. The Leafs came out with more pressure than the last game meaning that the Bruins would have to play harder and smarter in the second period.

Start of the second and Boston would put the pressure on Toronto as Derek Morris would get the puck past Vesa Toskala just 35 seconds into the period on the power-play. Toronto needed to get some momentum knowing that they coundn't let Boston take them down again. with that Jamal Mayers would drop the gloves with Mark Stuart sending both of them to the box but both would be charged for roughing so Boston would play four on four. Stuart and Mayers weren't done quite yet the two would converse in the box and step out only for a moment as the two sluggers would drop the gloves again and return to there homes away from home. Then about 11 minutes in David Krejci would get a break away and completely deak Toskala out of his pads to give the black and gold a 3-0 lead finishing the second period. Boston would out shoot Toronto 12-11 a two period total 21-20.

momentum would shift in the third as Toronto would get two goals cutting Bostons three goal lead into a one goal lead. Boston would bounce back on the power-play as Marc Recchi would score on a deflection with just under two minutes left Boston was on top 4-2. Toronto would take a chance pulling Toskala for the extra man but Boston would make more of the situation than the Leafs as it was Mark Recchi scoring on the empty net finishing the game for the Bruins with the final 5-2. Boston is 8-2 in there last ten games but faces a tough Islanders team in New York on Saturday night. Boston needs to find a way to take this game and not get out played like they have in the last two meetings between the two teams. There will be no room for slacking in this game because the Islanders are a team that takes advantage of any slight opportunities that teams give them. Boston is going to have to play a physical full sixty minutes if they want to get the win in New York.