Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/9/13

TORONTO - DECEMBER 19: Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruinsgets ready for a face-off during the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on December 19, 2009 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
8 a.m. ET: The last time the Toronto Maple Leafs were in Boston, their series came to a brutal finish. Despite holding a three-goal lead late in the third period, Toronto fell victim to a furious Bruins comeback that set the stage for Patrice Bergeron’s game-winner in overtime. So when the Leafs take the TD Garden ice for the first time on Saturday night since that game, they will probably be looking for a little bit of payback. It’s likely the Bruins will be ready. Boston and Toronto will meet for the first time this season and the first time since the Bruins dispatched their Original Six rival in the first round of last year’s playoffs. The grueling seven-game matchup proved to the Bruins and the rest of the league that the Leafs were ready to be a threat again. The Leafs have hit the ground running this season are among the Eastern Conference’s top teams despite dealing with some injuries in the first few weeks. They’re especially thin at the center position right now with Dave Bolland and Tyler Bozak out with injuries. The Bruins, meanwhile, are still trying to find their way. After losing four of five, the B’s bounced back Thursday night to take a 4-1 win over the lowly Florida Panthers, a game that ultimately cost Panthers coach Kevin Dineen his job. Now Boston will look to build on that in the midst of this five-game homestand in the team’s first game against Toronto this season. Puck drop from TD Garden is set for just after 7 p.m.Filed under: Boston Bruins, Headlines, Live Blog, Mike Cole
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