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Leafs Handle Thrashers

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
Vs. ATL: Score Sheet | Statisics

Leafs Lines: Roberts-Sundin-Mogilny

Ponikarovsky-Nieuwendyk-Antropov
Kilger-Francis-Fitzgerald
Stajan-Reichel-Domi
Defence Pairings: McCabe-Leetch, Kaberle-Johansson, Berg-Marchment
Goalies: Belfour (W 60:00, 22 SV, 2 GA), Kidd (0:00)
Injuries: Tucker (leg muscle), Wilm (groin), Renberg (hamstring), Klee (shoulder), Nolan (knee)
Healthy scratches: Pilar, Perrott, Berehowsky, Belak (suspended)

TORONTO (AP) -- Gary Roberts' two-point effort helped the Toronto Maple Leafs get back into first place.

Roberts had a goal and an assist, and the Maple Leafs moved into a tie for first place in the Northeast Division by rallying for a 4-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Monday night.

Toronto is tied with Boston with 99 points. The third-place Ottawa Senators have 98.

"It's just amazing how tight it really is,' Roberts said. "Every day you look at the standings and you go from second to fourth to sixth. We're going to be doing a lot of scoreboard watching the next few days."

Matt Stajan logged 8:30 of ice time Monday.
(Graig Abel Photography)
Toronto started slowly, trailing 2-0 in the first period before scoring the next four goals.

Maple Leafs goalie Ed Belfour made 22 saves, including several impressive stops throughout.

Toronto played without Owen Nolan, who will be sidelined at least three weeks because of a knee injury sustained in Saturday's tie against Ottawa.

Dany Heatley and Serge Aubin scored for the Thrashers.

"We were aware it was a big game for them, but we have guys that are fighting for jobs. I can't fault our effort," Atlanta coach Bob Hartley said.

Heatley, standing alone in front of the net, gave Atlanta a 1-0 lead at 4:47 of the first by batting a rebound out of the air and past Belfour. Just over a minute later, Aubin scored after getting to a loose puck before a defenceman or Belfour could.

Brian Leetch got Toronto going by making a pass from behind the net to Tie Domi, whose one-timer cut it to 2-1 at 13:08 of the first.

Alexander Mogilny's one-timer tied it with 47 seconds left in the first. Roberts sent Atlanta defenceman Frantisek Kaberle to the ice with a check before making a pass from the behind the net to Mogilny.

Roberts gave Toronto the lead after his shot deflected off Atlanta defenceman Andy Sutton's skate and in at 3:44 of the third. Nik Antropov made it 4-2 during a power play by putting a rebound past goalie Pasi Nurminen.

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