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Atlanta Thrashers 2, Toronto Maple Leafs 4 FINAL

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:54 AM

Associated Press

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Atlanta Thrashers 2, Toronto Maple Leafs 4 FINAL
Atlanta Thrashers 2, Toronto Maple Leafs 4

TORONTO (AP) _ Gary Roberts' two-point effort helped the Toronto Maple Leafs get back into first place.

Roberts had a goal and an assist, and the Maple Leafs moved into a tie for first place in the Northeast Division by rallying for a 4-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Monday night.

Toronto is tied with Boston with 99 points. The third-place Ottawa Senators have 98.

``It's just amazing how tight it really is,'' Roberts said. ``Every day you look at the standings and you go from second to fourth to sixth. We're going to be doing a lot of scoreboard watching the next few days.''

Toronto started slowly, trailing 2-0 in the first period before scoring the next four goals.

Maple Leafs goalie Ed Belfour made 22 saves, including several impressive stops throughout.

Toronto played without Owen Nolan, who will be sidelined at least three weeks because of a knee injury sustained in Saturday's tie against Ottawa.

Dany Heatley and Serge Aubin scored for the Thrashers.

``We were aware it was a big game for them, but we have guys that are fighting for jobs. I can't fault our effort,'' Atlanta coach Bob Hartley said.

Heatley, standing alone in front of the net, gave Atlanta a 1-0 lead at 4:47 of the first by batting a rebound out of the air and past Belfour. Just over a minute later, Aubin scored after getting to a loose puck before a defenseman or Belfour could.

Brian Leetch got Toronto going by making a pass from behind the net to Tie Domi, whose one-timer cut it to 2-1 at 13:08 of the first.

Alexander Mogilny's one-timer tied it with 47 seconds left in the first. Roberts sent Atlanta defenseman Frantisek Kaberle to the ice with a check before making a pass from the behind the net to Mogilny.

Roberts gave Toronto the lead after his shot deflected off Atlanta defenseman Andy Sutton's skate and in at 3:44 of the third. Nik Antropov made it 4-2 during a power play by putting a rebound past goalie Pasi Nurminen.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:47
ATL
PPG - Dany Heatley (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Randy Robitaille (24), Vyacheslav Kozlov (31)
1 - 0 ATL
05:32
ATL
Serge Aubin (10) Snap shot - ASST: Ivan Majesky (6), Shawn McEachern (38)
2 - 0 ATL
13:06
TOR
Tie Domi (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Brian Leetch (35)
2 - 1 ATL
19:23
TOR
Alexander Mogilny (8) Snap shot - ASST: Gary Roberts (19), Mats Sundin (43)
2 - 2 Tie
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
03:44
TOR
Gary Roberts (28) Tip-in - ASST: Alexander Mogilny (20), Mats Sundin (44)
3 - 2 TOR
06:43
TOR
PPG - Nik Antropov (13) Wrist shot - ASST: Joe Nieuwendyk (28), Ron Francis (25)
4 - 2 TOR
penalty summary
1st Period
04:05
TOR
Chad Kilger  Interference on goalkeeper against  Pasi Nurminen
08:40
ATL
Tomas Kloucek  Roughing against  Matt Stajan
13:42
ATL
Francis Lessard  Hi-sticking against  Chad Kilger
2nd Period
03:23
TOR
Robert Reichel  Holding the stick against  Dany Heatley
3rd Period
05:19
ATL
Ivan Majesky  Hooking against  Gary Roberts
08:18
TOR
Nik Antropov  Tripping against  Andy Sutton
10:48
TOR
Gary Roberts  Holding against  Serge Aubin
11:36
TOR
Brian Leetch  Hi-sticking against  Randy Robitaille
11:36
TOR
Brian Leetch  Hi-sticking against  Randy Robitaille
15:58
ATL
Shawn Heins  Tripping against  Alexei Ponikarovsky
goalie stats
Pasi Nurminen
SA: 38TOI: 58:52
Saves: 34EV: 20 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 11
SV%: .895SH: 4 - 4
Ed Belfour
SA: 25TOI: 60:00
Saves: 23EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .920SH: 0 - 0