Skip to main content
The Official Site of the Toronto Maple Leafs

Canucks power past Leafs

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- Brendan Morrison scored twice and Todd Bertuzzi had a goal and an assist to lead the Vancouver Canucks to their season-high fourth straight win, a 6-1 rout of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Morrison and Bertuzzi each reached the 15-goal mark and Peter Skudra made 20 saves for Vancouver, which has won six of its last seven games and improved to 10-3-0-1 since December 25.

"Right now everybody is feeling good," Canucks coach Marc Crawford said. "All the aspects of our game are going well."

The Canucks, who have outscored their opponents 22-9 during their winning streak, were coming off a successful four-game road trip. They play at Calgary on Saturday.

Gary Roberts strained his back during practice on Thursday and it isn't known when he'll return.
"We're only home for a day, then we have to go on the road tonight. We wanted to play a simple game, not really put on too much of a show," said Bertuzzi, who extended his points streak to 11 games.

Mikael Reneberg tallied his ninth goal on the power play for the Maple Leafs, who fell to 1-1-0 on their three-game road trip and 1-3-2-1 in their last seven games.

With Vancouver dominating the first period, registering 13 shots and a 3-0 cushion.

"We weren't ready, they came out flying," Leafs defenseman Bryan McCabe said. "Before we knew it, it was 3-0. We didn't help ourselves, that's for sure. I took a stupid penalty and they bury one. That was pretty much the game right there."

With McCabe and Travis Green serving penalties, Bertuzzi gave Vancouver its three-goal lead with a 4-on-3 power-play goal at 11:32 of the first period.

"Penalty trouble off the bat," Leafs coach Patt Quinn said. "The first real shot on the net goes in from a bad spot and we just never recovered. That is as bad as I remember it in four years.

We didn't have much in any department really. Other than getting mad and losing our position and our composure. The team wasn't ready early, for whatever reason and we never seemed to come out of it. With a big lead, they could sit there and we made it very easy on them."

Reneberg put the Leafs on the board with 2:55 left in the period, cutting their deficit to 3-1. On a 5-on-3, he deflected Alexander Mogilny's shot from the right wing hashmarks for his ninth goal.

Morrison notched his first goal of the game at 14:23 of the second as Vancouver once again increased its lead to three.

The Canucks center recorded his first two-goal game of the season at 7:06 of the third while on the power play. Trevor Letowski capped the scoring at 14:16 with a breakaway goal.

"We played a hard team out there. They played well, outstanding," Mogilny said. "They looked like the best team in the league right now. We've got to get ready right off the bat.

The way we showed up tonight, basically we didn't show up at all. It was ridiculous. A pathetic effort. I don't think we left anything out there tonight. So we'll be ready tomorrow."

Joseph stopped 19-of-24 shots before leaving at 8:46 of the third period. Corey Schwab came in and turned aside 7-of-8.

"We definitely didn't get our competitive instincts going until it was too late," Joseph said. "They were firing on all cylanders. Give them credit, but we didn't have our `A' game, our `B' game or `C' game going."

Game Stats | Event Summary
View More