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Auld's successful debut with Bruins ends Maple Leafs' streak

Dec 9, 2007 - 4:01 AM
By Jeff Lieberman PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

TORONTO (Ticker) -- Even with all the success the Toronto Maple Leafs have had lately, they still have not figured out a way to beat the Boston Bruins.

A well-rested Alex Auld made 25 saves to register the win in his first start for his new club as the Bruins ended the Maple Leafs' four-game winning streak with a 2-1 triumph Saturday night.

Chuck Kobasew and defenseman Dennis Wideman provided the offense for Boston, which has now defeated its Northeast Division rival in all three meetings this season.

"Every time we can beat a division team, it's key for us, a big four-point game," Bruins right wing Glen Metropolit said.

It was the first action Auld has seen since November 15. The 26-year-old goaltender was acquired from the Phoenix Coyotes on December 6, the day after Tim Thomas went down with a groin injury.

"Let's just say last Sunday night I didn't even dress in an AHL game, so it's crazy the way things can go," Auld said. "It's great to be back in the league. I believe I belong here."

Manny Fernandez already had been sidelined with knee and back ailments.

Auld turned aside six shots in the first period, nine in the next and 10 in the third to make a good impression with his new team. He now has won his debut for all four teams with which he has played in the NHL.

"At the start of the second, I started to find a groove," Auld said. "I was seeing the puck well, seeing it through traffic, and it carried on right through the end of the game."

Auld's effort was crucial on the penalty kill as he did not relinquish a goal on any of Toronto's six man advantages. He robbed Nik Antropov with his right pad as a power play came to a close, denying the one-timer with just under four minutes left in the third.

"To lose, it's always a bad feeling," Maple Leafs left wing Alexei Ponikarovsky said. "It seems the puck didn't go to the net. We didn't put a lot of shots on net."

Kobasew knotted the game at 1-1 with 7:35 left in the first period with his 12th tally of the season. He also had two goals - including the game-winner - and an assist in the last meeting between the teams.

"It's always fun to play in Canada," Kobasew said. "It's an electric building. It's fun to play in front of a sold-out building."

Kobasew took a pass from rookie defenseman Matt Hunwick in the neutral zone, skated into the slot and fired a wrist shot between the pads of netminder Vesa Toskala.

The assist was Hunwick's first point in eight career games.

"Early on, our team needed to bounce back from the first goal that was scored against us, and that was a good play on the power play," Hunwick said. "Chuck had a lot of speed and was able to make a good shot there. You can see how tough goals were to come by tonight."

The Bruins grabbed a 2-1 advantage when Wideman's slap shot from the left point found its way past Toskala. After taking a touch pass from Brandon Bochenski, Wideman launched a shot that beat the goalie to the stick side at 9:25 of the second period.

"Bochenski came in and did a real good job shielding the guy with the puck and then chipped it back to me," Wideman said. "I just got it off as quick as possible, and it went low blocker."

Toskala stopped 18 shots in suffering his first loss in five starts.

Toronto captain Mats Sundin had his franchise-best home points streak to start a season snapped at 16 games. He amassed 25 points during that stretch.

Jason Blake started the scoring on a nice cross-ice feed from Pavel Kubina. The defenseman started the play at his own blue line and hit Blake full speed into the offensive zone.

Blake unleashed a slap shot that beat Auld under his blocker with 9:32 remaining in the opening session.

"I thought (Auld) played great," Blake said. "It's obviously frustrating (because) we had some chances."








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    BOSTON 1 1 0 2
    TORONTO 1 0 0 1 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: TOR - JASON BLAKE 4 (PAVEL KUBINA, HAL GILL) 10:28
    BOS - (PP) CHUCK KOBASEW 12 (MATT HUNWICK, AARON WARD) 12:25
    2ND PRD: BOS - DENNIS WIDEMAN 3 (BRANDON BOCHENSKI, GLEN METROPOLIT)
    9:25
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    1ST PRD: TOR - JASON BLAKE 4 (PAVEL KUBINA, HAL GILL) 10:28
    BOS - (PP) CHUCK KOBASEW 12 (MATT HUNWICK, AARON WARD) 12:25
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