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Maple Leafs blast Bruins with 10 goals

Maple Leafs celebrate

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1/5/2007 12:54:15 AM

BOSTON (AP) - It was the breakout game the Toronto Maple Leafs had been waiting for from Alex Steen.

The sophomore forward, who scored only four goals and had only 10 points in the first half of the NHL season, broke loose for three goals and two assists during a 10-2 rout of the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.

''There has never been a doubt about his talent,'' said coach Paul Maurice, whose patience with Steen paid off handsomely. ''There were questions about other parts of his game, but he has worked hard to improve those.''

Bates Battaglia and Matt Stajan added two goals each and John Pohl, Kris Newbury and Chad Kilger had one each for the Leafs, who moved three points ahead of last-place Boston in the Northeast Division with only its second road win since Nov. 24.

Toronto hadn't scored as many as 10 goals on the road since a Nov. 12, 1998, game in Chicago.


 

Andrew Raycroft made 14 saves in the first period and 29 in all in earning the goaltending win against his former team.

The Bruins were ashamed after they were manhandled. They lost 5-1 in Toronto on Tuesday and have been outscored 20-3 in losing three in a row. They have allowed 28 goals in their last five games.

''We are embarrassed,'' said defenceman Brad Stuart. ''It was almost like we gave up.

''We weren't mentally or emotionally prepared and you can't go much lower.''

Toronto took advantage of Boston's defensive woes while handing the Bruins their worst loss of the season.

After Pohl gave Toronto a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal, Shean Donovan and Wayne Primeau, on a power play, put the Bruins ahead 2-1 in the first period.

Battaglia tied it 2-2 when he knocked in the rebound of an Ian White shot 1:36 into the second.

Steen put the Leafs ahead 3-2 at 8:24 on a great individual effort when he drove toward the net and beat Thomas while falling into the crease.

Toronto pulled away with three goals in 42 seconds - Battaglia at 15:33, Steen at 15:51 and Newbury at 16:15 - to make it 6-2. The splurge missed the club record, set in 1940, by three secones.

The firepower was unexpected given Toronto was missing five regulars with injuries.

''We have to take advantage of the ice time we get with the guys out of the lineup,'' Battaglia said. ''Everybody needs to contribute.''

Stajan scored twice in the third and Steen and Kilger closed out the scoring for Toronto.

Pohl, Boyd Devereaux, Tomas Kaberle and White also had two assists.

It was the seventh meeting of the teams. Toronto has outscored Boston 21-7 in its three victories while being outscored 12-4 by Boston in its four losses.

''We've lost our mojo,'' Bruins coach Dave Lewis said. ''This is caused by a combination of breakdowns, but even in the dark days we have to stick together.''

Tim Thomas allowed eight goals on 31 shots. Philippe Sauve took over late in the second period and allowed two goals on eight shots.

Notes: On power plays, Toronto was 1-for-5 and Boston 1-for-7 . . . Darcy Tucker was out of the Toronto lineup after returning last game. His left foot, which stopped a puck last weekend, was too swollen to get into a skate boot . . . The Leafs scored five goals in a period for the second time this season . . . The Leafs returned home to face the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night.






NO. AUTHOR MESSAGE
1nhlfan089Speachless… props to Steen, Stajan, Battaglia, Poh ...
2brewnerLast time i looked the Leafs were in a playoff spo ...
3awardwinnerabsolute domination after the 4-2 goal. 3 goals in ...
4rmajoranFantastic game! Hopefully team Canada was watchin ...
5heffie_wiggleALRIGHT STEEN!!! There's the Steen from last seaso ...
6leafs_fan_89Wow!!!!!!!! What a shellacking by the leafs. What ...
7nsn1995wow what a game by the leafs. all lines were playi ...
8goleafsgo07what a pounding that was specially in the second. ...
9SCousineau74The "kids" are showing that they can play in this ...
10OrrFor4It saddens me to see that the Toronto Marlies beat ...
11skins_isthemenhmmm Steen on the first line now??? good choice fe ...
12blueblood1NOW, that's an all-around TEAM effort.......finall ...
13SpezDispenserI'm not a Leaf fan, but I have to give props when ...
14thisiscanadaI didn't get a chance to see the game but with a s ...
15ToadinNjThomas' great play has covered some warts and let ...
16achilles13Marlies beat the Bruins!! What happened to Thomas ...
17deejay4871Wait and see....................if the Leafs get i ...
18ajaybalAs a sens fan, ive seen my share of shlackings, bu ...
19MarcRoyNice to see Boyd Devereaux turning into a good pla ...
20leafsfan@NYit's a good game when Raycroft gets a point...with ...
21lollissFANTASTIC!!! 14 Players contributing in the scorin ...
22wayne_chowdo it now Fergie... pull the usual Leaf move and l ...
23radiodjRaycroft said yesterday that playing the Bruins wa ...
24debbisOverall great game guys. Please keep playing lik ...
25edster742002Totally in Awe!!!!!, As a Leaf Fan, its good to se ...
26TheVoltaWhoa!!! Where did this come from?!? ...
27TomcatThat's the we like it! I do have a worry however, ...
28sundinisdamanIt was a good game. The team played well. I thin ...
29IafrateGood thing they got the 6 insurance goals. ...
30coolioDont worry when we get back our 'star' players we ...
31mikepokeyDon't plan the parade yet. Remember early in the y ...
32theonlyringerYounger, Faster, and playing together. I think th ...
33Gonichie....Speechless...most of our key players out of th ...
34rocklaxWhoops! Nice to see an offensive explosion like t ...
35carlos25I second the motion by Wayne_Chow! Priceless, and ...
36joeyhackAn ugly loss. Hopefully this will be a wake-up ca ...
37Sir_JinglesRaycroft held them in there in the 1st..nice to se ...
38tishereGood for Steen hopefully it's just the confidence ...
39reg19Come Saturday and Hockey Night In Toronto, Buffalo ...
40GeroyCoolio. Sundin had an assist. he helps out everyon ...
41brit_89What a game!!! It's great to see the Leafs turn th ...
42shazeekwow i was suprised to see the ticker when i saw th ...
43lesterCoolio, Sundin and Tucker are great hockey players ...
44MoonKnight Awesome effort. Everyone really contributed (obv ...
45FrankFurterAwesome win for the leafs. Hopefully we can strin ...
46HockeyExpertClearly, Boston's woes since the third period of t ...
47MarcShowim not sure of what to think about steen. gets 3 t ...
48sportsfanatic28Leafs Rule !!! They needed time to get their game ...
49phenom_76Wow....that's all I can say. The Leafs abxolutely ...
50fig1122the difference is that these players putting up th ...
51dhirasawa10 GOALS!!! And I thought 9 goals at the Sharks-W ...
52Jasta34LOOK at the scores tonight "thumbs down" I like my ...
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