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Saturday, November 9th (All times Eastern)

Toronto Maple Leafs (11-5-0) at Boston Bruins (9-5-1), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Boston Bruins will renew a rivalry with an old Original Six foe when they welcome the Toronto Maple Leafs for Saturday's Atlantic Division clash at TD Garden.

This marks the first of four scheduled meetings between the Bruins and Maple Leafs this season. It's also the first encounter between the teams since Toronto suffered a monumental collapse at TD Garden in Game 7 of last spring's opening-round playoff series.

The Maple Leafs surprised just about everyone by pushing Boston to seven games in the first round back in May and then held a 4-1 third-period lead in Game 7 before coming apart at the seams. The Bruins scored three times in the final 10 minutes of regulation to send the decisive game into overtime and then won it 5-4 on a Patrice Bergeron goal in the extra session. Adding to the heartbreak for Toronto fans, the hated Bruins went on to a Stanley Cup Finals appearance after eclipsing the Maple Leafs in the classic Game 7 battle.

Not counting the playoffs, Boston also has taken nine of 10 from the Maple Leafs and Toronto has dropped five straight and 11 of the past 13 meetings in Beantown.

This season, the Bruins and Maple Leafs are separated by three points in the division standings. With 22 points, Toronto is tied for first in the Atlantic with Tampa Bay and Boston is three points behind in fourth.

Boston halted a two-game slide in its last trip to the ice, beating the visiting Florida Panthers by a 4-1 score on Thursday. Tuukka Rask stopped 23- of-24 shots to anchor the Bruins to their second win in six games (2-3-1).

David Krejci netted his third goal of the season midway through the second period for Boston. Brad Marchand, Torey Krug and Reilly Smith also scored for the Bruins.

"The effort and willingness was there; for the whole 60 minutes, we had really good consistency in our game plan," said Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara.

Saturday's tilt marks the third portion of a five-game homestand for Boston, which is 5-3-1 at TD Garden this season.

The Maple Leafs won for the fourth time in five games on Friday, as James van Riemsdyk netted the lone goal of the shootout to lift Toronto to a 2-1 victory over the visiting New Jersey Devils.

Phil Kessel tallied in regulation and Jonathan Bernier came up with 34 saves for the Maple Leafs.

After four straight chances were turned aside, van Riemsdyk was the third shooter for Toronto, opening up the final round by beating Cory Schneider on the forehand.

Bernier then forced an Adam Henrique chance wide to end the contest.

James Reimer will get the start in net on Saturday for Toronto. Reimer is 4-4-1 with a 2.76 goals against average in nine career outings against the Bruins. Reimer also was the goaltender during Toronto's Game 7 meltdown against the Bruins, giving up five goals on 35 shots in that heartbreaking loss.

"Sure, we'll want to go into Boston and have a good game," Reimer told the Toronto Sun. "It's a new season and we've got over what's happened. I'd want to go in there and play well, but even if you win, it doesn't prove anything. If we were to play them again in the playoffs, that would be the retribution."

The Maple Leafs are opening up a three-game road trip on Saturday and have a 5-3-0 record this season as the guest.

11/09 10:31:57 ET

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Final
ROC 8
DUR 2
 
2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
7:05pm Friday
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6:35pm Saturday
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5:05pm Sunday
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Final
TEX 3
CLE 12
Final
COL 6
CIN 4
Final
MIA 2
PIT 5
Final
CWS 5
TOR 3
Final
KAN 2
NYY 4
Final
BOS 4
MIN 6
Final
PHI 0
NYM 7
Final
SEA 3
TAM 0
Final
SFG 3
MIL 1
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DET 3
OAK 2
Final
HOU 4
BAL 5
2nd
WAS 0
CHC 0
 
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ARI 0
STL 1
 
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4:35pm Thursday
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10:05pm Thursday
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10:05pm Thursday
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10:10pm Thursday
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4:05pm Friday
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7:05pm Friday
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7:10pm Friday
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7:10pm Friday
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8:05pm Friday
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8:10pm Friday
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8:10pm Friday
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8:10pm Friday
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8:15pm Friday
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10:05pm Friday
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10:05pm Friday
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CLE
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4:05pm Saturday
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4:10pm Saturday
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4:10pm Saturday
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4:10pm Saturday
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4:10pm Saturday
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7:15pm Saturday
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7:15pm Saturday
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7:15pm Saturday
LOS
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10:05pm Saturday
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10:05pm Saturday
DET
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10:05pm Saturday
NYY
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10:10pm Saturday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Saturday
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MIA
NYM
 
1:10pm Sunday
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1:35pm Sunday
COL
PHI
 
1:35pm Sunday
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BAL
 
2:10pm Sunday
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2:10pm Sunday
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HOU
 
2:10pm Sunday
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MIN
 
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LOS
STL
 
2:20pm Sunday
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3:05pm Sunday
BOS
TEX
 
4:05pm Sunday
ATL
SFG
 
4:05pm Sunday
NYY
OAK
 
4:10pm Sunday
CLE
SEA
 
8:05pm Sunday
DET
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9:10pm Sunday
PIT
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9:00pm Tonight
HOU
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9:00pm Friday
GSW
HOU
 
9:00pm Sunday
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1st
ANA 0
CHI 0
 
8:00pm Friday
TAM
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8:00pm Saturday
CHI
ANA
 
12:00pm Friday
AUBURN
CHARLESTON
 
1:00pm Friday
CALIFORNIA
CCAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
COLUMBIA
ECAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
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ARKANSAS
 
1:00pm Friday
OREGON
IOWA
 
1:00pm Friday
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FAU
 
1:00pm Friday
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NOTREDAME
 
2:00pm Friday
MICHIGAN
BRADLEY
 
2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
2:30pm Friday
TEXAS
OREGONST
 
3:00pm Friday
INDIANA
RADFORD
 
3:30pm Friday
ULLAFAYETE
RICE
 
4:00pm Friday
LEHIGH
LSU
 
6:00pm Friday
CANISIUS
SWMISSOURI
 
6:00pm Friday
CLEMSON
ARIZONAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MERCER
FLORIDAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MOREHEADST
LOUISVILLE
 
6:00pm Friday
VIRGINIA
USC
 
7:00pm Friday
FIU
MIAFLA
 
7:00pm Friday
FLAAM
FLORIDA
 
7:00pm Friday
MARYLAND
MISS
 
7:00pm Friday
SACREDHART
TCU
 
7:00pm Friday
STJOHNS
OKLAHOMAST
 
7:00pm Friday
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7:00pm Friday
VCU
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8:00pm Friday
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HOUSTON
 
8:00pm Friday
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8:00pm Friday
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8:00pm Friday
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10:00pm Friday
PEPPERDINE
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10:00pm Friday
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CSANTABAR
 
11:00pm Friday
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UCLA
 
Final
ROC 8
DUR 2
 
7:05pm Friday
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6:35pm Saturday
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5:05pm Sunday
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