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Leafs End Drought In Phoenix

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
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October 23, 2002

PHOENIX (Ticker) -- Owen Nolan scored his first two goals of the season to help the Toronto Maple Leafs close out their five-game road trip in style.

Toronto scored four straight goals in the second period, including Nolan's second, to earn a 5-4 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes and close their trip at 3-1-1.

Nolan opened the scoring 8:52 into the game with a power play goal, but the Coyotes took a 2-1 lead on goals by Jan Hrdina and Ladislav Nagy in the first 5:31 of the second period.

Then, the Maple Leafs struck back. Just 96 seconds after Nagy's goal, Nik Antropov scored to tie the game, putting the puck past Sean Burke after Burke deflected Mats Sundin's pass from behind the net.

"The four goals in the second period was the difference," Burke said. "That's my job to keep the puck out of the net and I didn't do it in the second period."

Burke saved only five of nine shots in the second.

"We gave up four in the second and we can't afford to give anyone more goals than we are going to score," Phoenix's Shane Doan said. "Right now, we have got to get better all over the ice."

Joe Nieuwendyk redirected a shot from Gary Roberts a minute and a half later to give the Maple Leafs the lead, and Ken Klee made it 4-2 with a power play goal 54 seconds after that. Nolan's second goal of the game capped Toronto's scoring.

"The second period, we just got on a roll, and we just got the opportunities," Nolan said. "We dropped the hammer on them when we had the lead."

Nieuwendyk has scored in back-to-back games to open his account for the season.

"We have to realize this is a work in progress," Nieuwendyk said. "It takes time to jell and know each other. We showed a little spring tonight."

The Coyotes got back into the game on a goal by Daymond Langkow before the end of the second and another by Nagy early in the third, but Toronto goaltender Mikael Tellqvist held strong, making 29 saves for his first win of the season.

"Telly read the plays very well," Toronto coach Pat Quinn said.

"I think all the guys did well, but the goaltender has to be better than anyone else (when the other team is applying pressure), and he was."

Phoenix's Brian Savage injured his hand in the first period and did not return.

The Coyotes have lost three straight games after opening the season with three wins in a row.

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