TORONTO (AP) _ Toronto's tie with Ottawa could have been costly for both
Bryan McCabe scored the tying goal midway through the third period to help
the Maple Leafs rally for a 2-2 tie Saturday night.
The Maple Leafs might have lost one of their top players to a long-term
injury, and the Senators might have lost their No. 1 goalie. Forward Owen Nolan
had to be helped off the ice after injuring his right knee.
Nolan collapsed to the ice after his leg buckled while he checked defenseman
Brian Pothier into the boards near the end of the second period. He threw off
his gloves and appeared to be in severe pain.
``He's in a lot of pain right now. There is swelling,'' Toronto coach Pat
Quinn said. ``He'll be reevaluated by our doctors on Sunday.''
Ottawa goalie Patrick Lalime left the game six minutes into the first period
with a sore left knee. Martin Prusek replaced Lalime after Lalime tripped into
his own net.
``I just caught it and fell on it,'' said Lalime, who was limping badly.
``It's day to day. I'll know more tomorrow.''
Toronto remained one point ahead of its biggest rival in the Northeast
Division standings. Boston beat Montreal on Saturday night, putting the Bruins
three points ahead of Toronto for first place in the Northeast.
Rob Ray and Chris Phillips scored for the Senators, who are competing with
Toronto for home-ice advantage in the playoffs.
``It hurts to lose a guy of Owen's caliber,'' Toronto's Ron Francis said.
``Hopefully, it's nothing serious, and we can hold the fort down until he gets
Ottawa's Marian Hossa missed an open net in overtime, and Prusek robbed Joe
Nieuwendyk of a goal with a pad save moments later.
Ray, signed as a free agent Feb. 15, scored his first goal of the season in
the first period. After Ottawa won a faceoff, the puck trickled to Ray, whose
backhander from in front of the net beat goalie Ed Belfour.
Francis, standing in front of the net, put his own rebound past Prusek,
tying it on the power play at 2:17 of the second.
Ottawa's Martin Havlat beat Toronto defenseman Calle Johansson to the puck
before passing to Phillips, whose one-timer gave Ottawa a 2-1 lead at 16:20 of
McCabe's slap shot from just beyond the circle beat Prusek at 9:26 of the