TORONTO (AP) _ The Toronto Maple Leafs were beaten by three of their former
Nathan Dempsey, Steve Sullivan and Bryan Berard all scored against their
former team, and Craig Anderson made 43 saves to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to
a 4-1 win over the Maple Leafs on Tuesday night.
``It's sweet,'' said Dempsey, who was allowed to leave as a free agent after
the 2001-02 season. ``Coming back here after two years I wanted this one pretty
Sullivan added two assists for the Blackhawks, winners of just two of their
last 22 road games.
Toronto outshot Chicago 44-15, but Anderson made several spectacular saves
throughout. He had 21 saves in third period, and improved his record to 2-12
``This is the best game I've ever played,'' Anderson said. ``To come in here
and take two points from the Toronto Maple Leafs is a dream come true. Toronto
and Chicago were my two favorite teams as a kid.''
Toronto backup goalie Trevor Kidd struggled in place of Ed Belfour, who
missed the game due to a tight lower back.
Mikael Renberg scored the lone goal for the Maple Leafs, who might have
looked past Chicago in anticipation of playing the rival Ottawa Senators on
Thursday. Toronto beat Ottawa 5-1 in fight-filled game last Saturday.
Toronto's Darcy Tucker didn't think they looked past Chicago.
``We didn't play that bad. We had a lot of shots,'' Tucker said. ``They had
a lot of guys that use to play here. You knew they were going to play hard.
They played a gritty game.''
Tucker, returning after missing almost three weeks with an eye injury after
being high-sticked, wore a visor.
Dempsey, who spent parts of four seasons with Toronto, scored on a one-timer
with less than a minute left in the first period.
Chicago scored three goals in the second to put the game out of reach.
Sullivan, waived by Toronto early in the 1999-00 season, tipped a shot past
Kidd at 7:02, and Mark Bell scored on a 2-on-1 after Sullivan made a nice
centering pass. Berard, who left Toronto as a free agent after a serious eye
injury, made it 4-0 with a slapshot at 16:34.
Anderson stopped Gary Roberts on a breakaway in the second, and made two
spectacular glove saves during Toronto's two-man advantage in the third.
``The puck looked like a beach ball,'' Anderson said. ``It's nice to see. I
work so hard.''