Maple Leafs 5, Canadiens 3
Saturday February 22, 2003
Centre Bell, Montréal, QC
The Toronto Maple Leafs got a lot of crowd support as they came back for a record-tying road victory to keep their recent streak alive.
Tie Domi, Nik Antropov and Gary Roberts scored late in the third period as the Maple Leafs beat Montréal 5-3 on Saturday night to tie a franchise record with their seventh consecutive road victory.
The sold out Bell Centre crowd of 21,273 – made up of a significant number of Toronto fans sporting the team’s blue and white jerseys – cheered loudly and emotionally after both teams’ goals.
“It sounded like we had a ton of Maple Leafs fans out there, and we probably did,” Toronto goalie Trevor Kidd said.
Domi tied it at 3 with 5:27 left, and Antropov put Toronto ahead with 2:22 to go. Roberts scored into an empty net with 23.2 left as the Maple Leafs won their fifth in a row overall.
“It’s nice to score the game-winning goal against Montréal, in Montréal,” Antropov said. “It was nice to come back in the third period and get the win. It’s a huge win for us.”
With Toronto down 3-1 after Montréal scored three consecutive goals in the second, Mats Sundin scored with 2:41 remaining in the period to draw the Maple Leafs to one down.
Toronto has come back to win seven games this season when trailing after two periods.
“That’s one of those things that if you look at the scoreboard and decide how you’re going to play for the rest of the game, then you’re going to lose a lot of them,” Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn said. “We always try to blow it off. We didn’t have a period we liked in the second and we just said, ‘We might not win, but let’s get rid of the way we’re playing.'”
Toronto, which has won 10 of 11, pressed for the tying goal in the third and finally got its break when Domi was left unmarked on the edge of the crease.
The crowd came alive as if the game was in Toronto when Antropov put the Leafs ahead with his 15th goal, and yet again when Roberts scored his second in four games since returning from shoulder surgery.
“It’s always fun to play these games,” Roberts said. “We have that rivalry with Ottawa now, and it’s always been that way with Montréal. It’s just an exciting city to come to and play, and I thought they played hard tonight. If it wasn’t for some bounces our way in the third, we wouldn’t have won the hockey game.”
Alexander Mogilny had a goal and two assists, and Sundin also added an assist for Toronto.
Richard Zednik, Joé Juneau and Chad Kilger scored for Montréal, 3-2-0-2 in its last seven games.
“We’ve got to limit those mistakes we made in the third period and find a way to play 60 minutes the way we played the first 40 minutes tonight,” Canadiens coach Claude Julien said.
Zednik tied it at 1 at 8:18 of the second after Mogilny opened the scoring just 43 seconds into the period.
Juneau scored the go-ahead goal three minutes later with the second consecutive shot deflected past Kidd by a Maple Leafs defenceman, and Kilger put Montréal up by two with his seventh at 15:25.
Sundin got his team-leading 28th goal just 1:54 later to draw Toronto to one down.
Kidd stopped 19 shots, starting in place of Ed Belfour, who was rested after winning five of six consecutive starts.
Mogilny, who leads the Maple Leafs with 64 points, opened the scoring with his 24th goal of the season early in the second as he put José Théodore’s big rebound of Sundin’s shot into a wide open left side.
Montréal came back with three goals in 7:07 to take a 3-1 lead.
Zednik got his 25th at 8:18 to tie it as Maple Leafs defenceman Robert Svehla deflected his shot past Kidd.
Another Toronto defenceman played a part in the Canadiens’ go-ahead goal three minutes later as Juneau’s shot struck the shaft of Bryan McCabe’s stick before sailing over Kidd’s left shoulder.
Kilger scored his seventh when he fired a shot past Kidd at 15:25 to put Montréal up 3-1.
NOTES: The Maple Leafs won seven consecutive road games twice before – in 1940-41, and again in 1960-61…Toronto won the season series 3-1-1. The Maple Leafs went undefeated against Montréal last season with two victories and three ties…Toronto is 7-14-2-0 when trailing through two periods this season. The Canadiens are 19-4-5-2 when leading after the second…Kidd made his first start since February 6, when he stopped 34 shots in a 3-2 overtime victory in Tampa Bay…Théodore, the NHL Most Valuable Player last season, is 1-7-0 in his last eight games.
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TOR PEN – 03:24 – Tucker, fighting major
MTL PEN – 03:24 – Kilger, fighting major
TOR PEN – 03:24 – Green, high sticking
MTL PEN – 03:47 – Koivu, high sticking
MTL PEN – 04:31 – Markov, interference
MTL PEN – 07:24 – Czerkawski, high sticking
TOR GOAL – 00:43 – Mogilny (Sundin)
MTL GOAL – 08:18 – Zednik (Koivu, Rivet)
MTL GOAL – 11:18 – Juneau (Bulis)
TOR PEN – 12:50 – Belak, interference
MTL GOAL – 15:25 – Kilger (Sundstrom, Bulis)
TOR PEN – 16:04 – Green, tripping
MTL PEN – 16:04 – Quintal, tripping
TOR GOAL – 17:19 – Sundin (Mogilny, Svehla)
TOR PEN – 00:42 – team, too many men on the ice
MTL PEN – 04:32 – Komisarek, roughing
MTL PEN – 06:22 – Quintal, high sticking
TOR GOAL – 14:33 – Domi (Reichel, Berg)
TOR GOAL – 17:38 – Antropov (Lumme)
TOR EN GOAL – 19:36 – Roberts (Mogilny, McCabe)
TOR – Kidd (W, 19-22)
MTL – Théodore (L, 21-25)
SHOTS ON GOAL
TOR – 8+6+12 = 26
MTL – 4+14+4 = 22
TOR – Goaltenders: Ed Belfour, Trevor Kidd. Defence: Wade Belak, Aki Berg, Tomas Kaberle, Jyrki Lumme, Bryan McCabe, Robert Svehla. Forwards: Nikolai Antropov, Tie Domi, Tom Fitzgerald, Travis Green, Jonas Hoglund, Alyn McCauley, Alexander Mogilny, Robert Reichel, Mikael Renberg, Gary Roberts, Mats Sundin (C), Darcy Tucker.
MTL – Goaltenders: Mathieu Garon, José Théodore. Defence: Karl Dykhuis, Mike Komisarek, Andrei Markov, Stéphane Quintal, Craig Rivet, Patrick Traverse. Forwards: Jan Bulis, Mariusz Czerkawski, Gordie Dwyer, Doug Gilmour, Joé Juneau, Chad Kilger, Saku Koivu (C), Randy McKay, Yanic Perreault, Oleg Petrov, Niklas Sundstrom, Richard Zednik.
⭐ Mats Sundin (TOR)
⭐⭐ Saku Koivu (MTL)
⭐⭐⭐ Alexander Mogilny (TOR)