TORONTO (AP) -- Eric Lindros has returned to coach Glen Sather's doghouse.
Mikael Renberg scored twice and had an assist to lead the Toronto Maple
Leafs to a 3-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday night.
Lindros, in his second game on a top line following a stint on the fourth
line, scored in the first period for New York.
But Sather wasn't happy.
"He's got a problem with the coach," Sather said. "I didn't think he was
playing very well. A lot of players have that problem. You play hard, you get
Lindros took a hooking penalty in the second period, leading to Gary
Roberts' go-ahead goal. Sather removed Lindros from the top line late in the
third -- a line he was just promoted to on Friday.
When told of Sather's comments, Lindros said he didn't know what Sather was
"Over the course of the last couple of months, I've been filling in when
people have been injured whether it's the first or fourth line, and I haven't
complained once about the situation," Lindros said. "I haven't come out and
made comments about it."
Sather has also publicly criticized other players this season, including
forwards Anson Carter and Petr Nedved.
Roberts added a goal and two assists for the Maple Leafs, who have won 10 of
11. Toronto moved within a point of Philadelphia for first place overall in the
"That's great. We feel good about that," Renberg said. "With the group of
guys that we have in this locker room, I don't think anybody is going to be
satisfied with where we are now. We just have to keep going."
The Rangers also lost to Toronto on Nov. 30 and Dec. 2.
Both teams expressed anger at each other, and the game featured 20 penalties
-- including two fights. Toronto's Nathon Perrott lifted Jason MacDonald's
sweater in the second period, and Toronto's Wade Belak repeatedly punched
defenseman Dale Purinton in the face in the third.
New York's Darius Kasparaitis sent Alexei Ponikarovsky to the ice with a
vicious check in the second.
Ed Belfour made 28 saves for the Maple Leafs, who have gained a point in 11
straight games (10-0-0-1), equaling the club record set in 1950-51 and matched
in the 1993-94 season. Toronto will look to set the mark Tuesday against the
Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Rangers went 0-for-6 on the power-play, and the Maple Leafs went
"We seem to find ways to win every night," Renberg said.
Lindros' shot deflected off the skate of Mats Sundin and in at 4:05 of the
Renberg scored from behind New York's net by putting a shot off the pads of
goalie Mike Dunham at 10:10 of the first.
"It was a very, very lucky goal," Renberg said.
Roberts gave Toronto a 2-1 lead on the power play by putting a rebound past
Dunham, and Renberg made it a 3-2 with the man advantage by putting in a
rebound at 4:17 of the third. Roberts and Sundin assisted.