Game day: Bruins at Maple Leafs

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FACE­OFF: 7 p.m. TV: TSN4

RA­DIO: Sport­snet 590 The FAN KEY PLAY­ERS Berg­eron/Kadri Bos­ton’s Pa­trice Berg­eron is the type of player Leafs coach Mike Bab­cock has in mind when he says “play the game right.” The veteran cen­tre — who scores, checks and ex­cels de­fen­sively and on face­offs — was a key part of two Cana­dian Olympic cham­pi­ons coached by Bab­cock. . . . Leaf

Nazem Kadri, mean­while, has become one of the better two-way cen­tres in the league and is also on pace to beat his ca­reer high of 30 goals. If they’re on the ice at the same time, it will be a treat to watch. NEED TO KNOW The teams meet again Satur­day in Bos­ton. . . . The Bruins dropped to 6-5-3 after los­ing 4-2 to the New York Rangers on Wed­nes­day. Coach Bruce Cas­sidy laments the fact that his club of­ten starts slowly, then com­petes hard over the fi­nal 40 min­utes. . . . Winger Brad Marc­hand has missed two games with an up­per-body in­jury and is day-to-day after hits by Wash­ing­ton’s Tom Wil­son and John Carl­son on Sun­day. . . .The Bruins are also miss­ing David

Kre­jci (back), David Backes (colon surgery), Ryan Spooner (groin), Noel

Ac­ciari (fin­ger) and Adam McQuaid (bro­ken leg). . . . Goalie Tuukka Rask’s backup, An­ton Khu­dobin (lower body), is also day-to-day. With games on back-to-back nights, the No. 2 goalie is ex­pected to see ac­tion, so Zane McIn­tyre might be called up. ... Zdeno Chara moved into fourth on the list of games played by a Bos­ton de­fence­man with 834 on Wed­nes­day. . . . As usual, Bos­ton boasts solid spe­cial teams: ranked sixth on the power play, third on the penalty kill. UP NEXT Satur­day at Bos­ton Bruins, 7 p.m. Mark Zwolin­ski

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