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Leafs take bite out of Coyotes

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
TORONTO (Ticker) -- Defenceman Bryan McCabe scored two goals and added two assists for a career-high four points as the Toronto Maple Leafs recorded a 6-3 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes.

McCabe opened the scoring on the power play 8:41 into the first period. After winning a faceoff in the right circle, he dropped the puck to Tomas Kaberle at the point.

Kaberle fed Alexander Mogilny outside the circle, and his cross-ice pass to McCabe on the left side was deflected by Mats Sundin in front of the net. McCabe got the puck and one-timed it past goaltender Sean Burke for his third goal of the season.

McCabe scored again with 8:45 left in the final period, making it 5-2. Mogilny fed Darcy Tucker outside the top of the left circle, and Tucker passed to McCabe in the slot, where he slapped it past Burke for his first career two-goal game.

Alexander Mogilny had three assists in Toronto's win over Phoenix .
(Credit: Graig Abel Photography)
"It just seemed like guys made great plays to me," McCabe said. "I just happened to be there, get lucky and the puck went in for me."

The seven-year veteran helped Toronto take a 2-0 lead 3:39 into the second when he took a feed from Kaberle at the point, faked a shot and passed to Sundin at the left point. Sundin put a slapper past Burke for his 16th goal, also on the power play.

With 3:20 left in the period and Toronto again skating with the man advantage, McCabe fed Tucker in the right circle and he one-timed the puck into the net for his ninth goal and a 3-1 lead.

"It was a lucky pass but you like to try new things when things are going good," McCabe said. "It worked out for the best. Darcy made a great shot."

The Leafs scored three power-play goals in a game for the first time since January 3, 2000 against Buffalo. They have seven goals in their last 13 chances over three games.

"The power play can win a game when the rest of it's not how you like it," Toronto coach Pat Quinn said. "Certainly, this gave us a big advantage tonight early in the game."

"Our team really takes pride in their penalty killing," Phoenix right wing Landon Wilson said. "We've got a lot of guys who work hard at that. That power play is very, very good. I think they're the best in the league by far."

Michael Handzus got the Coyotes on the board 6:56 into the second period with his third goal of the season. Toronto defenseman Jyrki Lumme had the puck behind his own net but turned it over to Wilson, who fed Handzus in front of goalie Curtis Joseph and beat him with a wrist shot to the stick side.

After Robert Reichel's seventh goal of the season made it 4-1, Handzus scored his second of the night with Phoenix on a power play 12:09 into the third.

Shayne Corson capped the scoring for the Leafs with 7:56 left as he took a pass from Tucker in the slot and backhanded the puck past Burke.

It was the second time this season that the Coyotes' goalie allowed as many as six goals in one game. It equaled his total over his previous five starts.

"A lot's made of goaltenders being the pillar of the team and obviously, he's been that for them," Tucker said. "We put a lot of rubber on him tonight and eventually, something's going to go in."

It was Toronto's fifth win its last six games and its fourth straight over Phoenix since last season, including two in 2001-02.

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