Boyes pumped for Razor

TERRY KOSHAN and MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:31 AM ET

If you think the Boston Bruins will consider tonight's tilt against the Maple Leafs at the TD Banknorth Garden an easy walk in the park, guess again.

Former Leaf Brad Boyes said yesterday the absence of Leafs captain Mats Sundin will not cause his Bruins to let up.

"With a guy like him out of the lineup, it helps," Boyes said last night. "But a team is not one guy. They have a lot of young guys who can step up. We're not going to take them lightly."

Boyes, meanwhile, welcomes the challenge of going up against goalie Andrew Raycroft, who is on a hot streak. The two were teammates with the Bruins last season.

"It's good," he said. "You want to go against the best or the guys who are playing well right now.

"I want to shoot against the best goaltenders and Razor is one of them. Hopefully I get a couple of goals on him. That would be great."

RING THE BELL

Rookie Brendan Bell, as expected, lined up beside Pavel Kubina at practice yesterday, a pairing that will be featured in Boston tonight.

It will be Kubina's first action since spraining his medial collateral ligament on Oct. 9.

"It's going to be great having him back," Bell said. "He was the elite guy we brought in during the summer. Any time you can bring a guy in like that, it's great for the team.

"To play with him will be a real thrill. Hopefully we have some success."

THE DOCTOR'S OFFICE

Goalie Mikael Tellqvist practised yesterday but still continues to battle the finger he recently fractured.

"That's the problem ... gripping the stick,"he said. "I'm still having trouble with that, there's still some pain."

So when can he can return to action?

"If they needed me, I could do it now," he said. "But it's up to the doctors."

PROUD POPPA

Forward Alex Steen became a dad at 8:24 p.m. Tuesday night. Steen's fiance Sofie gave birth to a 8-lb., 1-ounce bouncing baby boy.


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