Mon, Nov 06, 2006 - Page 19 News List

Sundin helps give Leafs first regulation loss

AGENCIES , TORONTO

Justin Williams of the Carolina Hurricanes, left, tries to gain control of the puck in front of Ottawa Senators goalie Martin Gerber during an NHL hockey game in Ottawa on Saturday.

PHOTO: AP

Mats Sundin scored two goals and set up another to help the Toronto Maple Leafs beat Buffalo 4-1 on Saturday, handing the Sabres their first regulation loss of the season.

It was rare success in Buffalo for the Maple Leafs, who have just five wins in 25 games at HSBC Centre dating back to 1996.

Few teams have beaten the Sabres this season, the only blemish on Buffalo's sparkling 11-0-1 record coming into Saturday's contest being a 5-4 shootout loss to the Atlanta Thrashers.

The Sabres looked ready to extend their streak when Germany's Jochen Hecht opened the scoring midway through the first period to nose Buffalo in front 1-0.

But Toronto poured in four unanswered goals as Darcy Tucker and Jeff O'Neill scored between two tallies from Sundin to give the Leafs their fourth win in five games.

Hurricanes 2, Senators 0

Ray Whitney scored a pair of goals and Erik Cole had a goal and two assists as the Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes spotted the Ottawa Senators a 2-0 lead, then rallied to claim a 3-2 win in Ottawa.

Capitals 5, Flyers 3

In Philadelphia, Russian sensation Alexander Ovechkin notched his seventh and eighth goals of the season to lead the Washington Capitals to a 5-3 win over the Flyers.

Red Wings 4, Blue Jackets 1

Dan Cleary notched his first two goals of the season to help the Red Wings to dominating 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Detroit.

Bruins 6, Lightning 5

Zdeno Chara tied the game with 46.6 seconds left in regulation and Glen Murray scored the winner 17 seconds into overtime as the Boston Bruins rallied to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-5.

Thrashers 4, Islanders 1

At Uniondale, New York, Marian Hossa had a goal and assist, and Johan Hedberg made 23 saves to win his second straight start in Atlanta's victory over New York.

Devils 2, Canadiens 1

At Montreal, Martin Brodeur made 33 saves and Jay Pandolfo and Brian Rafalski each scored, leading New Jersey to a win in coach Claude Julien's return to Montreal.

Thrashers 4, Islanders 1

At Uniondale, New York, Marian Hossa had a goal and assist, and Johan Hedberg made 23 saves to win his second straight start in Atlanta's victory over New York.

Devils 2, Canadiens 1

At Montreal, Martin Brodeur made 33 saves and Jay Pandolfo and Brian Rafalski each scored, leading New Jersey to a win in coach Claude Julien's return to Montreal.

Flames 3, Blues 2

At St. Louis, Jarome Iginla scored a power-play goal with 4:27 left to snap a tie and lift slumping Calgary over St. Louis.

Predators 4, Wild 3

At St. Paul, Minnesota, Shea Weber scored the go-ahead goal in the third period as Nashville extended its franchise-best road winning streak to seven games.

Coyotes 6, Kings 4

At Glendale, Arizona, Shane Doan, out for three games with a back injury, scored the first and fourth goals of Phoenix's fourth victory in 14 games this season.

Avalanche 3, Canucks 2

At Denver, Andrew Brunette scored two goals including the tiebreaker in the third period that led Colorado past Vancouver.

Sharks 3, Penguins 2

At San Jose, California, Kyle McLaren had a goal and an assist and San Jose kept Pittsburgh rookie Evgeni Malkin from scoring in a record seventh straight game to start his career.

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