Toronto at Florida

Belfour's big night silences Panthers

CBS wire reports

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Ed Belfour knows all about the man he tied for second place on the NHL's career victory list.

"I had a chance to read his biography," Belfour said after matching Terry Sawchuk with 447 wins Monday night in the Toronto Maple Leafs' 2-1 victory over Florida.

"He was a fierce competitor, very acrobatic and obviously very brave, not wearing a mask most of his career. I'm just honored to be tied with him."

The 40-year-old Belfour made 34 saves and will stand alone behind all-time leader Patrick Roy (551) with his next win.

Sawchuk was a member of Toronto's last Stanley Cup winner, in 1966-67, when he shared goaltending duties with Johnny Bower.

"It's just unbelievable to be in the same ballpark as him," Belfour said. "I just wish he was alive to meet him."

Bryan McCabe scored the winning goal on a 5-on-3 power play midway through the third period. His slap shot from just above the right circle beat Roberto Luongo to the high stick side at 10:18 of the third with Florida's Gary Roberts and Juraj Kolnik in the penalty box.

It was McCabe's 10th goal, adding to his league-leading points total (33) for defenseman.

"We had 1:15 ... 1:20, so we knew, 'Let's be patient here, let's wait for the right play"' McCabe said. "We moved the puck around and got lucky, I got a clear shot."

Stephen Weiss' power-play goal tied the score 1-1 with 1:33 left in the second period. Weiss dived for a rebound of Lukas Krajicek's shot and put the puck past Belfour for his seventh goal.

"We deserved a better result," Weiss said. "Three of four times we had pucks laying on the goal line, in the crease, and we didn't seize on it."

Darcy Tucker gave the Maple Leafs a 1-0 lead with his ninth goal at 11:59 of the second period. Positioned all alone to Luongo's left, Tucker put home a pass that deflected off Jeff O'Neill's stick.

Tucker, who missed the Maple Leafs' previous two games following the birth of his son, has scored in three of his last four games.

Belfour made the Maple Leafs' two goals hold up as Florida lost for the 14th time in 15 games.

"He was the difference in a game where you might think he would be pressured because of the statistical relevance of it," Toronto coach Pat Quinn said.


  • The game was the first for Florida on a four-game homestand that will include two games (Thursday vs. Washington and Monday vs. Ottawa) that had been postponed after Hurricane Wilma hit South Florida in late October.
  • Toronto finishes its three-game road trip at Tampa Bay on Wednesday and Atlanta on Thursday.
  • Joe Nieuwendyk, who sat out Saturday's loss at Atlanta, assisted on Weiss' goal.
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Toronto goalie Ed Belfour makes a glove save en route to his 447th win.  (Getty Images)
Toronto goalie Ed Belfour makes a glove save en route to his 447th win. (Getty Images)
Toronto  (14-8-3) «0112
Florida (7-14-4)0101
Three Stars
B. McCabe

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
E. Belfour

Saves: 30
Save Pct.: .968
S. Weiss

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
11:59Darcy Tucker (9), Wrist Shot - Assists: Eric Lindros and Jeff O'Neill
18:27Power Play - Stephen Weiss (7), Wrist Shot - Assists: Lukas Krajicek and Joe Nieuwendyk
10:18Power Play - Bryan McCabe (10), Slap Shot - Assists: Tomas Kaberle and Jason Allison
Penalty Summary
02:18Berg: Hooking - 2 min.
11:22Van Ryn: Hooking - 2 min.
15:26McCabe: Delaying Game - 2 min.
18:06Gratton: Hooking - 2 min.
04:52Klee: Hooking - 2 min.
14:14Weiss: Hooking - 2 min.
14:59Kaberle: Hooking - 2 min.
16:59Antropov: Holding the stick - 2 min.
00:54Bouwmeester: Holding the stick - 2 min.
08:37Roberts: Hooking - 2 min.
09:21Kolnik: Hooking - 2 min.
17:16Khavanov: Hooking - 2 min.
Toronto8711 26
Florida8207 35
Attendance - 11215
Game Time - 60:00
Referees - Paul Devorski, Ian Walsh
Line Judges - Brian Murphy, Pierre Racicot
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