Here are three stories from Wednesday night.
Leafs get even with Bruins
It's not much of a rivalry when one team wins 12 of 15 games against the other side, but the Maple Leafs turned the tables on long-time nemesis Boston with a 6-1 thrashing at Air Canada Centre. The Leafs rebounded from a 4-1 home loss to the Bruins on Oct. 25 when Jonathan Bernier was pulled from the contest after the fourth goal early in the third period. Leafs coach Randy Carlyle called that loss "an embarrassment", Toronto has turned its game around from that point, going 5-1-1. The Leafs, who have scored at least five goals for the third straight game, drove Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask from the net after scoring four goals in the first two periods.
Kessel spot on with pair of goals
Phil Kessel has been the Maple Leafs' leading goal scorer since arriving in a trade from the Boston Bruins in September of 2009. But while he's the spark that ignites the Leafs' offence, the 27-year-old Wisconsin native hasn't been particularly effective against the team where he scored his first 66 NHL goals. That is until Wednesday night, when he was the man on the spot, or at least the sharpshooter connecting from the faceoff circle while scoring the opening two goals of the game. The first, at 6:46 of the first period, came from the right faceoff circle, after the puck bounced off the boards to him. The second was just 18 seconds into the second period, this time from the left faceoff circle, over Rask on the glove side. It gave Kessel, who leads the Leafs in goals with 10 and points with 21, his league-leading eighth multi-point game of the season. Reunited with Tyler Bozak, along with James van Riemsdyk, the big trio accounted for eight points in the game.
Perry, Beauchemin out with mumps
Anaheim Ducks veterans Corey Perry and Francois Beauchemin have been diagnosed with mumps. Ducks medical director Craig Milhouse announced their conditions on Wednesday night. Beauchemin has been hospitalized to receive intravenous fluids, but he has improved, Milhouse says. Perry has been cleared of the disease and is free to resume working out Thursday. Perry missed his fourth straight game, and Beauchemin sat out his second straight game. But Ryan Kesler scored two third-period goals and tallied again in the shootout, leading the Ducks past the Kings 6-5.
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