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Marc Savard scored three goals and the Bruins and their raucous fans ruined Phil Kessel's return to Boston with a 7-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.
Kessel, traded in the offseason after leading the Bruins with 36 goals last season, was booed during pregame introductions and nearly every time he touched the puck. He even committed a turnover that led to Boston's third goal by Zdeno Chara at 2:09 of the second period.
Leading 7-0, Tuukka Rask lost a bid for his second shutout of the season when Niklas Hagman scored his team-leading 14th goal on a wrist shot from the bottom of the right circle with 4:14 left. Mikhail Grabovski added the final goal with 2:02 remaining.
The Bruins bounced back from one of their worst games of the season Friday night, a 5-1 loss in Montreal, with one of their best. They took control with two goals in the first 6:01 and finished the Maple Leafs off with two goals - by Johnny Boychuk and Savard - in 9 seconds midway through the third period.
Boychuk, called up from Providence of the AHL on Saturday, scored his first NHL goal. Savard got his eight goal of the season and third hat trick of his career one night after Mike Cammalleri scored a hat trick against Boston.
The last Bruin to score three goals in a game was Kessel last April 12 against the New York Islanders.
The Bruins improved to 7-1-1 in their last eight games and ended the Maple Leafs' four-game road winning streak. Toronto is 4-2 in its last six games and 7-6-3 since Kessel returned after missing the first 12 games following shoulder surgery. The Maple Leafs were 1-7-4 without him.
Marco Sturm scored his ninth goal of the season at 5:28 when he deflected Derek Morris' shot from the right point past goalie Joey MacDonald. Just 33 seconds later, Savard made it 2-0 on a rebound after MacDonald stopped Chara's shot.
Any chance MacDonald had of stopping Chara in the second period was spoiled when the defenseman's shot from the left point was deflected off a Toronto player in front of the crease and into the net after the puck slipped off Kessel's stick.
Just four days after signing a seven-year, $28 million contract extension, Savard had another big game when he scored his second goal at with just over 5 minutes left in the second period. Michael Ryder skated behind the net and fed the puck to Savard, who poked it past MacDonald from the goalie's right to make it 4-0. Mark Recchi got his fifth goal 6:36 into the third period.
Kessel, 22, was the fifth pick in the 2006 draft and became a restricted free agent after last season.
He had 66 goals in three seasons but was traded on Sept. 18 for two first-round draft picks and a second-rounder. Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli said Kessel had told the Bruins he wanted to play elsewhere.
In Toronto's previous game, a 6-3 win at Columbus on Thursday night, Kessel scored twice and MacDonald got his first win with the Maple Leafs after getting 14 last season with the New York Islanders.
This program aired on December 6, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.
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