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Maple Leafs overcome a determined Alex Auld

FIRED-UP The Florida Panthers goalkeeper recorded a remarkable 47 saves, but it wasn't enough to beat the Maple Leafs, as Mats Sundin scored the deciding penalty


Alex Auld, left, of the Florida Panthers makes a save against Jeff O'Neill, second left, of the Toronto Maple Leafs during their NHL game at the Air Canada Center in Toronto, Ontario, on Monday. The Maple Leafs won 2-1.


Mats Sundin and Darcy Tucker scored in a shootout and the Toronto Maple Leafs overcame 47 saves from Alex Auld in a 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Monday night.

Kyle Wellwood scored and Andrew Raycroft made 24 saves for the Maple Leafs, who lost in a shootout to Montreal on Saturday.

Sundin beat Auld in the tiebreaker with a high shot to the glove side.

Todd Bertuzzi followed with a deke and a backhanded shot, but Raycroft made a glove save.

Tucker followed with his goal that won it.

Stephen Weiss scored a power-play goal for the Panthers.

Toronto defenseman Pavel Kubina had to be helped off the ice late in the third after Bertuzzi's knee collided with his.

Ed Belfour was expected to start against his former team, but Panthers coach Jacque Martin went with Auld.

Blue Jackets 5, Coyotes 1

At Columbus, Ohio, Nikolai Zherdev scored two goals and led Columbus over Phoenix.

The 21-year-old Ukrainian player missed all of preseason camp and the club's first two games, arriving in Columbus on Sunday from Russia after ironing out visa problems.

He scored on the power play just 1:01 in and added another when he jammed in Rick Nash's shot midway through the second period to make it 3-1.

Nash and Duvie Westcott each added a goal and two assists, Anson Carter scored his first with Columbus, and David Vyborny had three assists for the Blue Jackets, who had three power-play goals for the second game in a row.

Nash, Westcott and Vyborny have points in all three Columbus games.

Ed Jovanovski scored for the Coyotes, who have lost two in a row after a 6-3 win over the New York Islanders in the season opener.

Thrashers 1, Lightning 0

At Tampa, Florida, Kari Lehtonen had 34 saves in his second consecutive shutout, and Vyacheslav Kozlov scored a first-period goal as Atlanta beat Tampa Bay.

Lehtonen, coming off a 6-0 win over Florida on Saturday, has five career shutouts. He has allowed two goals in three games this season.

Kozlov put Atlanta ahead 1-0 from the right circle at 12:26 of the first. The goal came after Tampa Bay defenseman Paul Ranger mishandled the puck in the Lightning zone.

Marc Denis made 19 saves for Tampa Bay, which has lost two straight at home.

The Lightning outshot Atlanta 17-4 in the second and 28-10 overall through two periods.

Tampa Bay went 0-for-6 with the man advantage and have converted one opportunity in 19 tries this season.

Sharks 4, Flames 1

At Calgary, Alberta, Vesa Toskala made 29 saves, and San Jose got goals from four scorers to stay unbeaten (3-0).

Toskala's only mistake came on Alex Tanguay's first Flames goal with 3 minutes remaining in the game.

Steve Bernier, Christian Ehrhoff, Milan Michalek, and Mark Smith scored for San Jose, which continues its Western Canada swing tomorrow night in Edmonton.

Having scored just four goals on the season, Calgary (1-2) will embark on a four-game Eastern trip tomorrow in Ottawa.

Ducks 2, Blues 0

At Anaheim, Calif., Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 34 saves for his 22nd career shutout, and Chris Kunitz scored two power-play goals for Anaheim.

The Blues have dropped a club-record 12 straight on the road.

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