Life is predictable in Boston this time of year.

Service stations are selling anti-freeze. Stories about the Red Sox training camp are sprouting in the newspapers. Gregg Sheppard in playing hockey.

Sheppard, the talented Boston Bruin center, performs best when the pressure is heavy and the checking is tight. He starts putting his game together in February, and keeps improving until he is at a peak for the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Out for 26 games this season with an assortment of injuries, Sheppard has scored only 10 goals. His knack of scoring them at the right time is as devilish as ever, though.

He scored twice Sunday night as the Bruins rallied for a 3-3 tie with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The way he did it proves that he is on schedule fr an excellent spring.

With Boston trailing, 2-0, on goals by Ian Turnbull and Darryl Sittler, Sheppard ignited the team with a goal at 9:20 of the second period. Peter McNab tied the score 80 seconds later.

Stan Weir scored his first goal of the season at 18:20 of te second period and Toronto held the lead. At 19:58 of the third period Sheppard struck again, salvaging the tie and keeping the Bruins two points ahead of Buffalo and 11 points in front of Toronto in the Adams Division.