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Cujo shuts down Boston for his 33rd career shutout

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
TORONTO (AP) -- Curtis Joseph came up with a performance that Canada could use in the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Tie Domi, right, was back in action after serving a suspension, mixing it up with the Bruins' Nick Boynton.

Joseph made 30 saves for his first shutout of the season, leading the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 2-0 victory over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night.

Wayne Gretzky, the general manager of Canada's Olympic team, was in attendance. Gretzky will decide who will be the starting goalie for the Salt Lake City games.

"I saw him on the board," Joseph said. "If you take care of the short-term goals, then, hopefully, your long-term goals will be realized."

The shutout was the 33rd of Joseph's career.

Joseph, Colorado's Patrick Roy and New Jersey's Martin Brodeur are vying for the starting job for Canada.

"Curtis was sharp tonight," said Toronto's Pat Quinn, who will coach the Canadian team. "Whether he knew Gretzky was here or not, I don't know. I sure didn't tell him."

Toronto's Tie Domi returned to the lineup after completing the 11-game suspension he received during last season's playoffs for elbowing New Jersey's Scott Niedermayer. Domi didn't play much, but made a couple of big hits and drew an interference penalty.

Mats Sundin scored a power-play goal, and Travis Green scored into an empty net in the final seconds for the Maple Leafs (5-3-1), who won for the third time in four games.

"Curtis had a great game," Sundin said. "He has been one of the absolute top three goalies in the league the last three years. I'm sure he proved tonight again what he can do."

Sundin skated from behind the net, and banged a rebound past goalie Byron Dafoe for his fourth goal of the season at 5:29 of the second period. The Bruins argued the goal came after the whistle, but the goal stood.

Dafoe finished with 20 saves.

Boston's Martin Lapointe said the Bruins were frustrated by Joseph.

"We gave it all we had the last five minutes and Cujo made some big saves," Lapointe said. "He's a great goalie. It's too bad, but we have a chance to regroup Thursday when we play him again."

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