TORONTO (Ticker) -- The Toronto Maple Leafs took advantage of defenceman Bryan McCabe's hot streak to get their offence going again.
McCabe scored two goals and set up another to lead Toronto to a 4-3 triumph over the San Jose Sharks.
Toronto had lost its last two games and had scored more than once in just one of the previous four contests. But McCabe has five goals and two assists during a four-game points streak.
"Tonight was a better effort, a good start," McCabe said. "We're still not getting the bounces. They got back in it with a couple of cheesy goals. Hopefully, things will turn around here for us. It's a start."
McCabe scored his first goal of the night with 6:21 left in the second period to give Toronto a 3-1 cushion. Jonas Hoglund sent a pass from the left corner to McCabe, who crept toward the slot and wristed the puck around Mikka Kiprusoff's left pad.
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The defenceman struck again 1:44 into the third. This time, he reached to keep a hard pass from Mikael Renberg on his stick and put a wrist shot under Kiprusoff's blocker.
"Rennie made a great pass through the box," McCabe said. "I don't know how it got in, just got lucky through a screen."
The Sharks rallied in the final period on goals by Scott Hannan and Todd Harvey to cut the deficit to 4-3. But San Jose could not get the puck out of its zone in the final 90 seconds and was unable to pull Kiprusoff for an extra attacker.
Just under five minutes after Hannan pulled the Sharks within 4-2, Harvey gathered a puck in the right corner, cycled to the slot and backhanded it over goaltender Curtis Joseph.
Travis Green ended a 16-game goal drought and Hoglund also scored for the Leafs, who won for just the second time in the last nine games (2-4-2-1).
"You never like to go too long without scoring a goal, but more importantly, we got a big win that we needed, especially after a rough road trip," said Green, who had just one assist over the previous 16 games. "Everyone wants to contribute offensively. It's nice to get one tonight. Hopefully, I can get on a roll now."
Toronto right wing Alexander Mogliny left early in the first period with a back injury after being checked into the boards by defenceman Brad Stuart. He was helped off the ice and did not return.
Following the game, Leafs coach Pat Quinn called the hit "cheap."
"If that's a cheap hit, I don't know what else is considered a good hit," Stuart said. "It was an awkward position. He fell on the boards. It wasn't from behind. I don't think there was anything dirty. I certainly wasn't trying to hurt him."
San Jose has been outscored, 15-8, during a four-game winless streak (0-3-1).
"We're in a bit of a funk right now," Sharks captain Owen Nolan admitted. "We've got to find a way to get out of it. Again, tonight we weren't aggressive." Scoring summary | Event summary