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Leafs beat defending champs from Colorado

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
TORONTO (AP) - Alexander Mogilny scored the go-ahead goal in the third period as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 Saturday night.

Mogilny, who hadn't scored since October 8 - a span of 11 games - blew past defenceman Martin Skoula and fired a wrist shot past goalie David Aebischer at 7:13 of the third.

Mogilny, who had 43 goals for New Jersey last season, has five with Toronto.

Robert Reichel, Darcy Tucker and Mats Sundin also scored for the Maple Leafs. Tucker scored an empty-netter at 19:24 of the third, and Sundin scored his sixth goal of the season just 21 seconds later.

Pascal Trepanier scored the lone goal for the Avalanche, who have lost four of their last five, falling to one game below .500 (7-8). The defending Stanley Cup champions entered the game tied for eighth place in the Western Conference.

Curtis Joseph made 23 saves for the Maple Leafs. Aebischer made 24 after Patrick Roy was given the night off.

Toronto defenceman Tomas Kaberle, who sat out the first month of the season in a contract dispute, returned to the lineup after practicing just once with the team.

Reichel's wraparound gave Toronto a 1-0 lead just 31 seconds into the second period. Tucker and Gary Roberts assisted. Just 44 second later, Trepanier tied it with a wrist shot. Joe Sakic and Chris Drury assisted.

Notes: Colorado's Alex Tanguay collapsed to the ice after being struck in the neck by a puck. Tanguay made his next shift. ... Reichel also had an assist ... Colorado's Brian Willsie hit the post with a shot in the third period. ... Tucker received a cut over his right eye after being struck with a stick in the third period. ... Kaberle, who missed the first 13 games, signed a deal worth as much as $5.75 million for three years. He earned $276,500 last season - his third in the NHL.

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