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Leafs hand Chicago its first home loss of the season

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
CHICAGO (AP) - Alexander Mogilny and Mats Sundin scored and Curtis Joseph blocked 18 shots as the Toronto Maple Leafs handed the Chicago Blackhawks their first home loss of the season, 2-1, on Friday night.

Alex Zhamnov scored for Chicago, 9-1-3 at the United Center, but winless in the last eight (0-4-4). The Blackhawks' last victory was a 3-2 overtime victory over San Jose on Nov. 11.

Chicago goalie Jocelyn Thibault made 20 saves.

In the scoreless first period, the Blackhawks killed four Toronto power plays. Referees Dennis LaRue and Bill McCreary handed out four minor penalties to Chicago - including two in the opening 3:04 - and none to Toronto in the frame. The second call, on Thibault for delay of game, appeared to be incorrectly assessed. The goalie cleared the puck and it landed in the seats, but replays showed it going off Toronto's Robert Reichel.

Chicago didn't manage a shot on Joseph until 14 minutes in and was outshot 9-2 in the first.

Mogilny made it 1-0 at 5:22 of the second with a shot from the right circle that struck Thibault's shoulder and continued into the net. Sundin gave Toronto a 2-0 lead at 4:37 of the third when he shoveled in a backhander off the post. After intercepting Steve Poapst's pass, Sundin beat a flat-footed Jon Klemm just inside the Chicago blue line and moved in alone on Thibault.

Zhamnov cut it to 2-1 at 7:12 when he danced into the slot, fired through traffic and beat Joseph on the glove side.

Notes: Mogilny's goal was his first in seven games, his third in 23 contests, and seventh of the season. Mogilny, who signed with Toronto as a free agent over the summer, scored 43 goals with New Jersey last season. ... The Maple Leafs entered the game 1-3-0 in their last four outing and had scored just seven goals in that span. ... Zhamnov has four goals and nine assists in 13 games.

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