The Boston Bruins couldn't keep the calendar from flipping to December. They just wanted to make sure nothing else changed.
''During November, we've been playing really well,'' said defenseman Johnny Boychuk, who scored a goal to help the Bruins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 on Saturday night -- their 13th win in 14 games. ''We just needed to make sure we started December the same way.''
Tuukka Rask stopped 21 shots and the Bruins beat the Maple Leafs for the fourth straight time this season, and the second straight game. Nathan Horton and David Krejci each had a goal and an assist for the Bruins, who have outscored their closest pursuer in the Northeast Division 23-6 this season.
Rask made his first start since the day after Thanksgiving, a 3-2 shootout loss to Detroit that was the only blemish on Boston's otherwise perfect November.
''It's always tough (to sit), no matter if you win or lose,'' Rask said. ''You're eager to keep the winning streak going, at least give the tea...