TORONTO (AP) _ The Toronto Maple Leafs intensified their rivalry with the
Ottawa Senators by avenging an embarrassing loss.
Gary Roberts scored two of Toronto's four power-play goals to help the Maple
Leafs beat Ottawa 5-1 on Saturday night.
Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson enraged the Maple Leafs after he broke his
stick in Ottawa's 7-1 rout on Jan. 8 and faked throwing it in the stands,
poking fun at Toronto's Mats Sundin, who was suspended for throwing his broken
stick into the stands.
The Maple Leafs targeted Alfredsson on Saturday, drawing eight penalties in
the first period alone. Toronto fans booed Alfredsson every time he touched the
Toronto enforcer Tie Domi received five penalties with 25 seconds left in
the game, including a game misconduct and an unsportsmanlike conduct for
instigating a fight with Ottawa's Shuan Van Allen.
Domi was angered that Alfredsson kneed Sundin late in the third. He also
didn't like that Van Allen whacked Sundin and goalie Ed Belfour with his stick.
``We didn't try to hurt any of their guys. We didn't try do anything stupid.
Those things were uncalled for,'' Domi said.
Van Allen said Domi ``gouged his eyes.''
Domi denied it.
``They can say whatever they want. I didn't gouge anybody. I've been in this
league a long time, over 3,000 penalty minutes, I've never gouged a guy in my
whole career,'' said Domi, who took exception to Van Allen's jaw protector.
``He thinks he's untouchable because he wears something around his chin. If
he's going to play the way he does, and go after our best players, and butt-end
our captain and spear our goalie, he better be expecting something to come.''
Alfredsson said Domi ``embarrassed'' the league by going after Van Allen.
``I don't want to comment on that guy. I lost a lot of respect for him,''
Domi said of Alfredsson. ``He tried to take out our best player. He could have
really put a damper on our season.''
With the victory, Toronto coach Pat Quinn became just the fourth coach in
NHL history to win 600 regular-season games, joining Scotty Bowman, Al Arbour
and Dick Irvin. Toronto's Ed Belfour also passed Tony Esposito for fourth on
the win list with his 424th.
The Senators, who entered the game with the top-ranked power play in the
league, couldn't take advantage of the man advantage against Toronto, finishing
``We were trying to set a new record for penalties,'' Toronto's Bryan McCabe
said. ``It was a lot of fun. Everyone stuck together.''
The Maple Leafs entered the game in a 0-for-25 slump on the power play, but
went 4-for-7 against Ottawa.
Toronto forward Owen Nolan returned to the lineup for the first time in
nearly a month after getting high-sticked in his left eye. Nolan wore a
protective visor, and Domi also wore a visor.
Domi talked about wearing one after Toronto's Darcy Tucker also sustained an
eye injury after a high-stick on Jan. 20, but Domi didn't until Saturday. Domi
took off his visor before fighting Ottawa's Shane Hnidy in the first period.
Domi said he probably won't wear a visor again.
``It's tough. At least I tried. If something happens I can explain to my
wife and kids that I didn't feel comfortable doing my job with that thing on,''
Mats Sundin, Robert Reichel and Alex Ponikarvosky also scored for the Maple
Leafs, who are first overall in the Eastern Conference with 69 points. Ottawa
could have overtaken Toronto with a victory.
The Senators did score a power-play goal after Toronto's Karel Pilar
received a penalty for cross checking Alfredsson in the first period. Less than
a minute later, Alfredsson scored on a one-timer, giving Ottawa a 1-0 lead.
Reichel put a loose puck past goalie Patrick Lalime with one minute left in
the first, and Sundin gave Toronto a 2-1 lead by scoring on a two-man advantage
at 10:55 of the second.
Roberts tipped Reichel's shot on the power play, giving Toronto a 3-1 lead a
mere second before the end of the second. The officials reviewed the play to
see it was too late.
Ponikarvosky made it 4-1 on the power play at 9:29 of the third. He has six
points in his last five games.