Maple Leafs 5, Bruins 0

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HAMILTON, Ontario (AP)—Ed Belfour and Jean-Francois Racine combined for a shutout, helping the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 5-0 victory over the Boston Bruins in an exhibition game Tuesday night.

Belfour stopped 14 shots in the 30 minutes in his first appearance against an NHL opponent since the 2004 playoffs. Racine made 11 stops.

Jeff O’Neill, Mariusz Czerkawski, Ben Ondrus, Darcy Tucker and John Pohl scored for the Maple Leafs. Defenseman Alexander Khavanov picked up three assists.

O’Neill opened the scoring at 6:51 of the first period, scoring a power-play goal on a shot from the point past goalie Hannu Toivonen.

The 29-year-old O’Neill spent his first nine NHL seasons with the Carolina franchise, amassing 416 points including 198 goals in 673 games. He scored only 14 times in 2003-04. He was traded to his hometown Leafs in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick in 2006.

Toronto was coming off a 5-2 loss to Ottawa, while Boston was playing its exhibition opener.

The Leafs’ edge in experience with the referees’ crackdown on obstruction was obvious. Toronto was 4-for-13 with a man advantage, while Boston was 0-for-5 on the power play.<

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