Winger Mark Bell underwent successful surgery yesterday in Toronto to repair a broken orbital bone and other facial injuries. He suffered the injury during a Jan. 3 fight against Pittsburgh's Ryan Malone.
Bell will be out about eight weeks and there is doubt he will play another game for the Leafs as his contract winds down. Bell came to the Leafs in a package deal with goaltender Vesa Toskala from the San Jose Sharks and never got comfortable after serving a 15-game league suspension.
Word reached the ears of Bruins coach Claude Julien that some Leafs haven't appreciated the trap-type tactics his club employed in three wins before last night.
"We've got 11 goals against them in those games and haven't given them much, which I know seemed to frustrate them last time we played them," Julien said before the game.
"Maybe we do play a tight game, but we managed to score 11 goals too so it's not like we just sat back.
"If they want to call us a team that is defensive, which is a remark that was made the last game, go ahead. When you score 11 goals in three games against that team, you're still scoring goals. Just because they can't, that's their problem."
REGENT PARK'S PRINCE
Toronto native Glen Metropolit of the Bruins will be featured during Hockey Day in Canada on Feb. 9. After a Bruins game in December, Metropolit stayed over to play a pick-up game with kids in the Shuter St. rink where he grew up.
"I recognized a few faces," he said.
The Bruins had logos behind both nets last night to honour the 50th anniversary of Willie O'Ree breaking the NHL's colour barrier ... It was 82 years ago today that Babe Siebert of the Bruins became the first opposing player to score on a penalty shot against the Leafs in Toronto. He beat goalie George Hainsworth, who still holds the club record for facing nine attempts between 1934-36.