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
``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.''
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
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 defenseman or
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 defenseman 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
defenseman 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.