After a pair of uncharacteristic one-goal defeats, the Boston Bruins are focused on recapturing the defensive effort that has contributed to their overall success.
That hasn't been much of an issue when facing the Toronto Maple Leafs recently.
Boston looks to avoid a third straight loss Thursday night while winning an eighth consecutive meeting with visiting Toronto, which is seeking its fourth victory in a row.
The Bruins (14-3-3) allowed nine goals during a recent six-game winning streak, with Tuukka Rask winning his five starts while posting a 1.38 goals-against average.
Things haven't gone as well in their last two contests, though, as they allowed two third-period goals in a 4-3 loss to Montreal on Sunday before blowing a three-goal lead and falling by the same score in overtime Tuesday at Washington.
The latest defeat marked Boston's third game in four nights and the team spent its day off Wednesday discussing its defensive lapses.
"We're playing a lot of games here late...