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Sundin starts year with two goals, Maple Leafs rout Bruins

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

TORONTO -- Mats Sundin made sure the Toronto Maple Leafs weren't in last place when they reached the halfway mark of their season.

Sundin scored twice and added an assist to lead the Maple Leafs to a 5-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Monday night.

Kris Newbury scored his first career NHL goal, and Hal Gill and Jeff O'Neill also scored to send the Maple Leafs to just their fifth win in 17 games.

Toronto suffered a demoralizing loss on Saturday by blowing a late lead, but Sundin helped them leapfrog Boston in the standings. Monday's victory gives Toronto 42 points, one more than last place Boston in the Northeast Division.

The Maple Leafs are 18-17-6.

"We need to win hockey games right now. We can't wait for people to get back from injuries. There's no time for excuses," Sundin said. "We have to do better defensively as a whole group and I thought tonight was a step in the right direction. If we want to be a playoff team we need to improve there."

Zdeno Chara scored for the Bruins, netting a rebound at 4:51 of the first as he was being checked to the ice. Boston had won four of its last six games, but dropped the last two games of its four-game road trip.

"We had no energy, no legs. There's no excuse. Toronto outworked us in all areas," Boston coach Dave Lewis said. "We just looked like we were skating in sand."

Sundin tied it 1-1 at 8:09 of the first with a power-play goal from the side of the net that got past goalie Tim Thomas. He added his 18th of the season by skating up the ice and putting a hard slap shot past Thomas, giving Toronto a 4-1 lead at 2:00 of the third.

Sundin assisted on O'Neill's goal at 5:13 of the third.

"Mats is putting us on his back and it's fun to watch him play. It's a lot of fun to be around him," goalie Andrew Raycroft said.

Raycroft has struggled of late, but he looked good against his former team. He made 27 saves, including several impressive stops in the third.

Gill gave Toronto a 2-1 lead at 12:19 of the first by throwing the puck on net from the point.

Newbury made it 3-1 at 12:24 of the second with a weak shot from the point that beat Thomas. Chara and Toronto enforcer Wade Belak battled in front of the net and along the boards just before and after the goal.

Both received roughing penalties.

"He's a big strong man out there," Belak said of the 6-foot-9 Chara. "He was definitely tossing me around out there. I'll have to lift more weights."

Newbury joked that he'll tell his future kids that he scored on breakaway or penalty shot.

"It will be top corner," Newbury said.


  • Toronto's Darcy Tucker returned after missing two games with an injured left foot. Boston's Paul Mara checked Tucker in the boards in the first period. Tucker stayed down for a while, but stayed in the game.
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Kris Newbury's (not shown) shot from the point gets by Tim Thomas for Newbury's first NHL goal. (AP)
Kris Newbury's (not shown) shot from the point gets by Tim Thomas for Newbury's first NHL goal. (AP)
Boston (19-15-3)1001
Toronto  (18-17-6) «2125
Three Stars
M. Sundin

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
A. Raycroft

Saves: 27
Save Pct.: .964
C. Kilger

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
04:51Power Play - Zdeno Chara (7), Tip-In - Assists: Marco Sturm, Marc Savard
08:09Power Play - Mats Sundin (17), Tip-In - Assists: Bryan McCabe, John Pohl
12:19Hal Gill (3), Tip-In - Assists: Boyd Devereaux, Chad Kilger
12:24Kris Newbury, Slap Shot - Assists: Wade Belak, Ben Ondrus
01:59Mats Sundin (18), Slap Shot - Assist: Jeff O'Neill
05:13Power Play - Jeff O'Neill (13), Slap Shot - Assists: Mats Sundin, Bryan McCabe
Penalty Summary
03:22Kubina: Slashing - 2 min.
04:16Devereaux: High sticking - 2 min.
05:04Savard: High sticking - 4 min.
09:46Alberts: Interference - 2 min.
18:30Alberts: Elbowing - 2 min.
12:24Belak: Roughing - 2 min.
12:24Chara: Roughing - 2 min.
04:51Sturm: Holding - 2 min.
06:32McCabe: Roughing - 2 min.
06:46Gill: Hooking - 2 min.
10:22Chistov: Roughing - 2 min.
10:22Alberts: Tripping - 2 min.
10:22Newbury: Roughing - 2 min.
Tim Thomas59:55305
Andrew Raycroft60:00271
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Attendance - 19359
Referees - Tim Peel, Justin St. Pierre
Linesmen - Derek Amell, Brad Kovachik
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