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It is at the point in the season when it no longer matters how it happens--a win is a win.

The Boston Bruins snapped their four-game losing streak and regained their position (barely) atop the Northeast Division. In the Eastern Conference, that one point is the difference between the No. 2 spot and the No. 7 sport in the playoffs.

Talk about pressure!

"It's big, especially at this time of the year. Everybody's scrambling for points, everybody's trying to establish position in the playoffs, in the standings, going into the playoffs, so every point is important." Stated Zdeno Chara after the Bruins shootout win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.

The Bruins will have a chance to add two more points to their season total when they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday. Thankfully they will do so on home ice and have defeated the Leafs in all five of their previous meeting this season. With just a handful of games remaining in the regular season, every win counts.

The matchup…

The Boston Bruins will take on the Toronto Maple Leafs at the TD Garden located in Boston, Massachusetts on Monday, March 19, 2012 at 7 p.m. EDT.

The standings…

Boston comes into the game having won their last game and with a 41-27-3 record. They are 21-13-2 on their home ice have won four of their last 10 games.

Toronto enters the matchup having won their last two games and with a 32-32-8 record. They are 16-19-2 on the road and have won three of their last 10 games.

The season series…

The season series stands at 5-0 in favor of the Bruins.

Where to watch…

The game can be watched live nationwide with NHL Center Ice or --

In Boston: NESN

In Toronto: SNET-O

The season statistic leaders…

Boston: Tuukka Rask 2.05 GAA, Tyler Seguin 25 Goals, Patrice Bergeron 37 Assists, Tyler Seguin 58 Points.

Toronto: Jonas Gustavsson 2.82 GAA, Phil Kessel 35 Goals, Joffrey Lupul 42 Assists, Phil Kessel 75 Points.

Injuries to note…

Boston: Rich Peverley (torn MCL in right knee), Max Sauve (hip), Tuukka Rask (abdominal), Nathan Horton (concussion), Marc Savard (concussion).

Toronto: Joffrey Lupul (right shoulder), Mike Brown (bruised leg).

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