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Leafs hold on for OT win

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- Alexander Mogilny refused to let his two-goal effort go to waste.

Mogilny set up Mats Sundin's overtime game-winner as the Toronto Maple Leafs extended their winning streak to four games by squeezing out a 4-3 triumph over the St. Louis Blues.

Moments after Blues defensemen Chris Pronger and Al MacInnis failed to convert on a shorthanded 2-on-1 in the extra period, Mogilny and Sundin skated in on their own odd-man rush.

With Mike Keane defending, Mogilny slid a pass across the slot and Sundin redirected the puck past goaltender Brad Johnson.

"Four-on-three in overtime is a really dangerous situation," St. Louis coach Joel Quenneville said. "At that point, we figured, let's go for the win, and certainly, they had to go for it also and they made a nice play."

Alex Mogilny has been on fire scoring six points in his last two games.
"Fortunately (Pronger and MacInnis) missed," Toronto coach Pat Quinn said. "Tommy (Kaberle) made a pretty good play to lay down and prevent the really good connection. Then we got a break going the other way and we didn't miss."

]Toronto's top line of Mogilny, Sundin and Gary Roberts finished with three goals and two assists.

"It has taken a while for (Mogilny) to get used to some other players, or, for the other players to get used to him," Toronto coach Pat Quinn. "That's why that line did not have production for three weeks. But they are all starting to know each other a little bit. All three of them play different styles of hockey, but they are starting to (play together)."

The Leafs entered the third period with a 3-2 lead, but a costly turnover by defenseman Anders Eriksson led to Doug Weight's eighth goal of the season. Weight intercepted Eriksson's clearing pass and skated towards the net untouched before putting a wrist shot just left of Curtis Joseph's glove to force overtime.

"Sergei (Varlamov) made a great forecheck and he really forced Eriksson (to hurry)," Weight said. "(Eriksson) had a guy open in the middle and Varly just got his stick and it went right to me. I got Cujo (Joseph) out of position a little bit and found the five hole."

Joseph finished with 25 saves and improved to 17-9-2.

Mogilny scored the first of his two goals 13 minutes into the first period, opening the scoring. Shayne Corson centered a pass from behind the net to Mogilny in the slot, where he sent the puck through traffic and over Johnson's right shoulder.

He scored again a minute into the second period by redirecting a cross-ice pass from defenseman Bryan McCabe to give Toronto a 3-1 lead.

"We should be able to hold onto that," Sundin said. "Hopefully, we learned our lesson a little bit and we should be happy to get our two points."

MacInnis halved the deficit with 33 seconds remaining in the second period by firing a slap shot from the right circle over Joseph's right shoulder.

Tie Domi also scored for Toronto and Scott Young recorded the other goal for St. Louis, which is 1-2-3 in its last six games.

"We outshot them, we outplayed them for the most part and yet we lose," Weight said. "And when things aren't going exactly your way, that is what happens. We deserved two points, but they got the breaks and they capitalized on them."

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