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Captain Mats saves the day

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
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TORONTO (Ticker) -- The Toronto Maple Leafs failed to protect their lead, but Mats Sundin bailed them out in overtime.

Sundin scored his second goal of the game 3:20 into overtime as the Maple Leafs squandered a three-goal lead before pulling out a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.

Toronto's captain, Sundin put his own rebound past Jamie Storr for his 53rd career game-winning goal and 11th in overtime. He moved into a tie with Steve Thomas, Jaromir Jagr and Sergei Fedorov as the top regular-season overtime scorers in NHL history.
The Leafs celebrate their second goal of the night and a solid effort by Mikael Renberg.
Graig Abel Photography


"You've got to give credit to Sundin," said Storr following the loss. "He's a great player and he makes great plays."

Storr replaced former Maple Leaf Felix Potvin at the start of the third period after Potvin surrendered three goals on 18 shots.

Mikael Renberg worked hard to earn assists on Toronto's first two goals, winning the puck along the boards to set up tallies by Sundin and Jonas Hoglund. Renberg has eight points in his last seven games.

Sundin scored 3:45 into the game after Darcy Tucker's shot from the left faceoff circle missed the net. Sundin used his skate to control the puck behind the net, then tucked it between Potvin's skate and the left goalpost.

Just under eight minutes later, Renberg won a battle with another former Leaf, defenseman Mathieu Schneider, skated to the outside of the right circle and slid a pass to Hoglund, who rifled a shot past Potvin.

"We said before the game that everybody has to step up." said Renberg. "We can learn from this game and we know what we did wrong (allowing the game to be tied)."

During a delayed penalty with 68 seconds left in the opening frame, defenseman Tomas Kaberle put a slapper over Potvin's glove off a cross-ice pass from Travis Green at the blue line.

Defenseman Jaroslav Modry and Adam Deadmarsh scored in the opening eight minutes of the third period, but Toronto seemed to get things back under control.

With 5:13 left, however, Deadmarsh struck again, deflecting Modry's shot past Ed Belfour for the game's lone power-play goal.

Deadmarsh, who leads the Kings with nine goals, ended a four-game drought. Modry has scored all six of his goals in the last seven games.

The power play that sent the game to overtime was only the Kings' second in a relatively penalty-free game that saw Toronto go 0-for-3 with the man advantage.

Ed Belfour made 24 saves for his fourth win of the season. His biggest save of the night came two minutes into overtime, when he got enough of Derek Armstrong's shot to send it over the net.

Toronto has been outshot in all five of its victories this season and won for just the second time in seven one-goal decisions. The Maple Leafs have won three of four games against Pacific Divison foes.

Los Angeles fell to 1-2-0-1 on an eight-game road trip extends through November 21.

"I'm not happy," Potvin said. "But we got one point and it was a big one."

Toronto's Tie Domi played his 800th NHL game, while linesman Danny McCourt worked his 1,500th.
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