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Khristich, Bruins Top Leafs


The Boston Bruins finally found some offense.

Dmitri Khristich scored his 200th career goal and Sergei Samsonov added a goal and two assists as the Bruins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 Thursday night.

The Bruins won for only the second time in their last eight games. They had scored a total of three goals in their previous three games.

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"We've had a lot of chances in our last few games, but we just weren't able to finish them," Khristich said. "We knew we were on the right track and tonight we finished those chances."

The Bruins played on home ice for only the third time in their last 11 games.

"Whoever made this year's schedule certainly wasn't a Bruins fan," said Boston goalie Byron Dafoe, who finished with 34 saves.

Samsonov scored his fifth goal of the season at 8:38 of the first period when he poked the puck past the glove hand of Leafs goalie Curtis Joseph to give Boston a 1-0 lead.

"I told our players to play the first and second periods like the game was 0-0," said Bruins coach Pat Burns. "If we could approach it from that standpoint, I thought we could get the win."

Khristich scored his 200th career goal on a power play at 2:59 of the second period when he poked a shot into the net from the right faceoff circle.

"It's a funny thing. My 100th goal came against Boston and my 200th came in Boston so there has to be something to that," Khristich said.

Steve Heinze made it 3-0 at 6:15 of the period with his fifth goal of the season.

The Maple Leafs had three power-play opportunities in the first period but failed to capitalize on any of them.

"That was the key to the game," said Bruins captain Ray Bourque. ``They had their chances and we stopped them."

Darren Van Impe closed the scoring with a power-play goal with 4:14 left in the third period.

"Games within our division are very important because they almost count twice," said Toronto coach Pat Quinn. "We are off to a bad start but it's still early."

Dafoe lost his shutout at 3:45 of the third period when Derek King scored from the right slot on a power play.

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