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(Sports Network) - The Toronto Maple Leafs will try to improve their record under Randy Carlyle to 2-0 when they host the rival Boston Bruins for tonights Northeast Division clash at Air Canada Centre. Chipper Jones Braves Jersey . The Maple Leafs fired head coach Ron Wilson on Friday after the club went 1-9-1 in 11 games from Feb. 7-29. Carlyle, who was fired earlier this season by Anaheim, was named as Wilsons replacement and Toronto responded positively to the coaching switch by ending a six-game losing streak with Saturdays 3-1 victory in Montreal. "Its a nice way to start. I thought our team put in an effort and put it all on the line," Carlyle said after his first game behind the Toronto bench. The 55-year-old Carlyle spent seven seasons as the head coach of the Anaheim Ducks before getting fired by Anaheim after a 7-13-4 start to this season. He led Anaheim to its one and only Stanley Cup title in 2007. Mikhail Grabovski scored twice in the final eight-plus minutes of regulation to help lift the Maple Leafs on Saturday. Matt Frattin added the other tally for Toronto, while Jonas Gustavsson stopped 21-of-22 shots. Gustavsson makes his third straight start for the Leafs tonight. Mike Brown is out with stiches in hand and Jay Rosehill is in. John-Michael Liles was not at the morning skate due to a high fever so he will be a game-time decision. Toronto hopes Carlyle can help get his new franchise back to the playoffs for the first time since 2004. The Leafs enter today five points out of a postseason berth in the East. The Maple Leafs, who are 16-12-5 at the ACC this season, will try to end a five-game slide at home tonight. Toronto will also try to earn its first victory against the Bruins this season, as the defending Stanley Cup champions are 4-0 against the Maple Leafs in 2011-12. Boston, which has won two straight and three of its last four in Toronto, has outscored the Leafs by a combined 23-6 margin this season. The Bruins, who lead the Northeast by three points over Ottawa, have dropped two straight and three of their last four games and lost in regulation to both New York teams on consecutive days over the weekend. Boston was dealt a 3-2 loss by the visiting Islanders on Saturday and then suffered a 4-3 setback to the Rangers on the following day in New York City. Boston tied the Rangers at 3-3 on a goal by David Krejci with 8:18 left in the third period, but Derek Stepan notched the game-winner for New York on a terrific wrist shot just 39 seconds later. On the winning goal, Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto jumped up in the play and took a pass into the Boston zone. From the low left circle he passed it back to Stepan, whose heavy wrister from the top of the left circle hit off the left shoulder of Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas and went in. "He was going to release it then crossed over," said Thomas. "I felt it hit my shoulder, but I didnt pick it up until it was about three feet away and by then it was too late." Jordan Caron had a goal and an assist for the Bruins, while Krejci and Benoit also added goals. Thomas was charged with all four goals on just 17 shots. Thomas is expected to get the bulk of the starts in the near future while regular backup Tuukka Rask recovers from a lower-body injury suffered in Saturdays loss to the Islanders. Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference is expected to miss todays game with a lower-body injury, while forward Daniel Paille is questionable with an injured left arm. Boston is 19-11-1 as the road team this season. Orlando Cepeda Braves Jersey .Y. - It was a new day for Henrik Lundqvist, and the Rangers were looking forward rather than backwards. . Ulissi made his move inside the final 300 metres, bursting out of the peloton to edge Robert Kiserlovski for a second stage win in the race. Wilco Kelderman was third on the 179-kilometre (111-mile) leg from Foligno to Montecopiolo, which had two category one climbs, including the final ascent to the finish.DALLAS -- Taj Gibson didnt worry when Chicago fell behind Dallas early, and he wasnt concerned when the Mavericks made a late run for the lead. The Bulls had answers both times. Gibson scored 20 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, Mike Dunleavy hit a go-ahead 3-pointer and Chicago overtook the Mavericks in the fourth quarter of a 100-91 victory Friday night. "Were used to this," Gibson said after the Bulls (32-26) won for the eighth time in nine games, moved a season-high six over .500 and answered a 22-point home loss to Dallas in December. "We get knocked down and we keep coming back." The Mavericks led by 16 in the first half and had erased a six-point Chicago edge with a 7-0 run punctuated by Monta Ellis second steal and breakaway dunk of the night when Dunleavy put the Bulls back in front and started a 10-0 run with a 3-pointer for an 87-85 lead. Jimmy Butler had 19 points, seven rebounds and a big block during the decisive spurt, and Kirk Hinrich scored 17. Dunleavy finished with 16 points and eight rebounds, shooting 4 of 7 from long range. Ellis scored 20 to the lead the Mavericks, who were trying to match their season high with a fifth straight win. Dirk Nowitzki and Vince Carter had 15 apiece, but Carter scored just one point in the second half and was held to 0-of-6 shooting in the fourth quarter, when the Mavericks went 6 for 25 from the field. "Some nights teams miss shots and you have to hang in with grit, guts, defence and rebounding," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "Weird thing about it was we were in front most of the first half and we let them climb back into it with grit, guts and rebounding." Gibson, who had 16 points in the first half, followed Dunleavys go-ahead 3 with a dunk on an assist from Joakim Noah, who then blocked a shot by Sam Dalembert on the other end right after committing his fifth foul. Butler scored inside after Ellis fell down, and after two more Dallas possessions ended in misses, Hinrich hit a pull-up jumper for a 93-85 lead. Butler blocked a layup try by Jose Calderon and made a free throw at the other end to complete the run as the Bulls outscored the Mavericks 27-15 in the fourth. "We got nothing but good looks," said Ellis, who was 2 of 6 in the fourth and 7 of 19 for the game. Nick Markakis Blue Jersey. "We missed a lot of layups, a lot of shots in the middle, at the free throw line. Missed a lot of wide-open ones. Just werent going down for us." After the Bulls went up 84-78 on back-to-back 3-pointers from D.J. Augustin and Hinrich, the Mavericks went back in front with a 7-0 run started when Nowitzki hit a one-legged fadeaway over Noah after Noah had stolen the ball from him two straight times. Noah didnt have a point or rebound in the first half but finished with 10 points and nine boards. The teams assist leader had four more of those as the NBAs lowest-scoring team reached 100 points for the third straight game -- all wins. "We are an offensive juggernaut," coach Tom Thibodeau said with a smile. "I thought we battled back and showed more discipline as the game went along." The Bulls took their first lead on a reverse layup by Carlos Boozer with 2:48 left in the third quarter, but didnt score the rest of the period. Shawn Marion quickly answered with a layup, and DeJuan Blair ended a 2 1/2-minute scoreless stretch with a bucket to put Dallas up 76-73 going into the fourth. The Mavericks made five of their first seven from long range and ran out to a 32-17 late in the first quarter, punctuated by a sprinting layup from Wayne Ellington when he was led perfectly on a long pass from Devin Harris. The Bulls got within six in the second quarter before Dallas pushed the lead back to 51-38 on a dunk by Ellis after the 1,000th steal of his career. Chicago rallied again to get within two on a 13-2 run that included 3-pointers from Dunleavy, Hinrich and Butler. NOTES: The Mavericks recalled F Jae Crowder, G Shane Larkin and C Bernard James after a one-game stint with their NBA Development League team. Crowder had a triple-double for the Texas Legends in suburban Frisco with 23 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists. James had 38 points and 10 rebounds. G Ricky Ledo was sent back down to the Legends. ... In addition to the steals milestone, Ellis hit the 500th 3-pointer of his career in the first quarter. 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