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TORONTO — The Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs have reason to believe they can still be better — and soon.Both teams are pretty good as it is TJ Brodie Jersey , and they meet Monday night at the Scotiabank Arena following impressive victories on Saturday.The Maple Leafs (16-8-0), led by three goals from Andreas Johnsson and shutout goaltending by backup Garret Sparks, defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 6-0 at home, while the Bruins (13-6-4) defeated the Canadiens 3-2 in Montreal.Article continues below ...The improvement for these teams is expected to come with the return of key players from injury.The Maple Leafs are anticipating the return of center Auston Matthews from a shoulder injury within a week. Not only that, but holdout right winger William Nylander, a restricted free agent, also could be re-signed this week.“It’s my assumption we’re getting both back,” Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said. “Obviously, we’ll be a better hockey club when we have them both. They give you a whole other line and give you much more depth. Ideally, that’s what you had in mind when you started the year. I expected to have them a lot sooner than we have, but we’ll be excited to have them both.”The Bruins can expect the return of a couple of mainstays in the coming weeks — center Patrice Bergeron (rib/sternoclavicular) and defenseman Zdeno Chara (knee).Meanwhile, the Bruins are receiving some good play from their younger players.“The team’s growing in front of our eyes,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said after the game Saturday. “Young guys that need to learn how to win. Listen Womens Travis Hamonic Jersey , I don’t want to call it playoff hockey in November, but we are in close games every night. To me, that’s playoff hockey and you have to be comfortable in these games.”The Bruins won when defenseman John Moore scored his first goal of the season on a power play at 17:03 of the third period. The Bruins also had defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in overtime Friday night at the TD Garden.Jake DeBrusk scored his seventh goal in his past nine games Saturday, giving him 10 for the season. He was playing on a line with Danton Heinen and David Krejci for the second game in a row.“By far our best line,” Cassidy had said following the win over the Penguins.“Kind of nice that I struggled earlier,” DeBrusk said. “Because now it makes me hungrier to get more goals.”David Backes also scored his first goal of the season for Boston in Montreal.“I’ve quit thinking,” Backes said. “Thinking is, uh, paralysis when you’re in slumps. It was a quick play and that was good for me. Get it, look for a hole and shoot it as hard as I could. It was a beautiful sight in my mind to see the puck go off my stick and into the net.”The Maple Leafs had been falling into a rut before they scored early and often against the Flyers, taking a 4-0 lead 12:20 into the game with three of the goals scored by Johnsson.“After (the third goal) it kind of felt unreal,” Johnsson said. “It’s hard to explain. I had the first goal, then the second goal and http://www.officialhurricanes.com/authentic-adidas-andrei-svechnikov-jersey , all of a sudden, the third one, I’m like, ‘what’s going on?'”In their three previous games, the Maple Leafs had fallen behind 2-0 and lost two of them on the road to the Caroline Hurricanes Wednesday and the Columbus Blue Jackets Friday. Until those games, the Maple Leafs were 9-1-0 on the road.They did come back Monday to beat the Blue Jackets 4-2 at home after falling behind 2-0.Saturday marked the second Maple Leafs home game in a row without a penalty being called on either team.The teams met on Nov. 10 at Boston with the Bruins winning 5-1 led by David Pastrnak’s three goals. LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alex Ovechkin’s one-timer from the left faceoff circle has been unstoppable this season for the Washington Capitals.The Russian forward scored a pair of power-play goals from his favorite spot as the Capitals beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on Monday night.Ovechkin — who had his 10th multi-goal game this season — leads the NHL with 42 goals. He has scored a goal in three straight games and has 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in the past eight games. He is on pace for 57 goals, which would be the second-most in his 14-year career. He scored 65 goals in 2007-08.“We play simple, smart and move the puck well,” Ovechkin said.According to NHL.com, Ovechkin has scored 24 goals this season from the left faceoff circle. The last three have been identical — a feed from John Carlson for a one-timer.“When we use our speed it makes it difficult on other teams,” said Carlson, who had two assists to go over 300 for his career. “We’re just trying to find our looks. It is going decent for us on the power play right now.”The Capitals are 4 of 13 on the power play during their six-game road trip Brock McGinn Jersey Kids , where they have split the first four games. They remain in second place in the Metropolitan Division with 73 points.Coach Todd Rierden was pleased with his team’s performance on special teams, especially after they allowed two power-play goals in a 5-2 loss to Anaheim on Sunday night.“We knew going into the game that we had to play a fast game and regardless of it being back-to-back or not, we wanted to play that way and force them to defend and we were able to capitalize,” he said.Brett Connolly scored Washington’s other goal and Pheonix Copley made 26 saves for his third straight win.It was Washington’s first win at Staples Center since Dec. 14, 2005, and ends an eight-game losing streak.Alex Iafallo and Ilya Kovalchuk had third-period goals for Los Angeles, which is last in the Western Conference with 52 points and 0-3-2 in its last five.Dustin Brown had an assist for his 600th point while Jack Campbell stopped 18 shots.“They capitalized on their power play and that was the difference,” Kings coach Willie Desjardins said. “We had stuff going to the net that we could have had our tips but we just didn’t get them.”Washington opened the scoring midway through the first with a pair of goals 20 seconds apart. Ovechkin put the Capitals on the board at 10:48 on a slap shot from the left faceoff circle.Connolly quickly made it 2-0 at 11:08 when he deflected Andre Burakovsky’s wrist shot past Campbell for his 14th of the season. It was the quickest back-to-back goals the Capitals have scored this season, surpassing the 21-second margin that happened Oct. 4 at Pittsburgh.Ovechkin netted his 13th power-play goal at 5:27 of the second period. It was the sixth time the Capitals have had two or more power-play goals but the first since they had two in a Dec. 11 win at Detroit.Iafallo averted a shutout when the drove to the net and buried a cross-crease pass from Brown past Copley for his 13th of the season. Iafallo has scored in two straight games for only the second time this season.Kovalchuk scored his 13th of the season at 19:32 when the Kings brought on an extra skater.NOTES: Washington RW T.J. Oshie returned to the lineup after sustaining an upper-body injury during the second period at Anaheim on Sunday. … Carlson is the third defenseman in Capitals history to reach 300 assists. He joins Calle Johansson (361) and Scott Stevens (331). … Los Angeles G Jonathan Quick was available as a backup but did not play. He missed Saturday’s game against Boston due to illness. … The Kings have allowed a power-play goal in four of the past five games.UP NEXTCapitals: Continue their road trip on Thursday night at Toronto.Kings: Travel to Nashville on Thursday night to start a four-game road trip.

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