Toronto (17-13-3) at Boston (11-16-6)

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  • Game info: 7:00 pm EST Thu Dec 22, 2005
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It took the Toronto Maple Leafs just 60 minutes to score more goals than they had in the previous two weeks.

Toronto will try to build off one of its best offensive outputs of the season when they meet the struggling Boston Bruins in the start of a home-and-home series.

The Maple Leafs tied a season-high for goals scored in a 9-6 win Tuesday over the New York Islanders. Kyle Wellwood has a goal and three assists and Ed Belfour overcame a shaky first period and made history along with 27 saves.

The win was Belfour’s 448th, moving him past Terry Sawchuk into second place on the all-time wins list.

“I just have a lot of respect for Terry,” Belfour said. “He played without a mask. It just means a lot to me to be up there with him and the other greats that have played that long. It’s a tribute to all the guys I’ve played with, all the great teams I’ve played on.”

Belfour entered with five straight losses and was relieved to get the monkey off his back.

“It seemed like it took forever,” he said. “It took nine goals, but I’m real thankful and honored.”

Belfour has allowed 14 goals in his last two starts after giving up 15 in his previous six. The 40-year-old is 16-7-3 with a 2.36 goals-against average against the Bruins in his career.

Boston’s scoring woes continued Saturday when it was blanked for the first time this season in a 3-0 loss to the Calgary Flames.

Andrew Raycroft made 26 saves, but he allowed three first-period goals to fall to 2-9-2 in his last 13 starts and 5-13-2 overall.

Raycroft is yet to find the form that won him 29 games and the Calder Trophy during his 2003-04 rookie season.

“I wish I could have made one of those saves at the start,” he said. “It probably changes the outcome a bit.”

Boston’s offense has sputtered since leading scorer Joe Thornton was traded on Nov. 30 to the San Jose Sharks for Marco Sturm, Brad Stuart and Wayne Primeau.

In seven games, Sturm has four goals, including two game-winners, and two assists. Stuart has just two assists in six games while Primeau is scoreless in seven.

Boston has gone 3-3-1 since the trade, totaling just 15 goals.

The teams will play again Friday at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

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