Montreal at Toronto

Maple Leafs overwhelm Canadiens with help of two McCabe goals


TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs extended their winning streak without their top player and No. 1 goalie.

Bryan McCabe scored two power-play goals and assisted on another to help the Maple Leafs win their season-high fourth straight game, 5-1 over the rival Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.

Tomas Kaberle, Matt Stajan and Nik Antropov also scored for the Maple Leafs, who have won their last two games despite missing captain Mats Sundin (torn elbow ligament) and goalie Andrew Raycroft (strained groin).

Toronto outshot Montreal 41-26 and scored three power-play goals.

"We got scoring from all the lines and that's what you need when your top player is out," McCabe said.

Teams have paid close attention to McCabe on the power play all season, allowing Darcy Tucker and Kaberle to get most of Toronto's points with the man advantage.

Kaberle, who also had two assists and leads all NHL defenseman with 17 points, said he's benefited from the attention paid to McCabe.

"His guy stand beside him," Kaberle said. "It opens it up for us."

Saku Koivu scored for the Canadiens, who have lost two of three to Toronto. Montreal received five minor penalties in the second when Toronto took a 4-1 lead.

"That's what killed us tonight. We really made it hard for ourself with those calls," Koivu said.

Montreal defenseman Sheldon Souray said they were outplayed "from A to Z."

"They just outworked us. We started losing battles to guys like Matt Stajan, guys that you wouldn't expect that would to out-compete us, but they did," Souray said.

Before the annual Hall of Fame game, "Miracle on Ice" coach Herb Brooks, Patrick Roy, former NHL player Dick Duff and Calgary Flames executive Harley Hotchkiss were honored. They'll be inducted Monday.

Toronto had a two-man power play in the first and McCabe took advantage with a hard one-timer past goalie David Aebischer at 11:21.

Koivu -- alone in front of the net -- redirected Guillaume Latendresse's pass, tying it at 1 at 14:34 of the first.

Stajan, standing in front of the net, stopped the puck and put a shot past Aebischer at 9:27 of the second.

Aebischer robbed Tucker of a goal with a save in the second, but Kaberle quickly followed with a slap shot on the power play to give Toronto a 3-1 lead at 13:39.

After Antropov scored on a weak wrist shot at 17:33, Montreal coach Guy Carbonneau replaced Aebischer with Cristobal Huet. Aebischer allowed four goals on 28 shots.

"It was a huge game. We came out really strong despite all the injuries," said goalie Jean-Sebastien Aubin, who made 25 saves.

McCabe's hard slap shot made it 5-1 at 14:46 of the third.

Montreal center Chris Higgins missed his second straight game because of a partially torn ligament in his right ankle.


  • Sundin is expected to miss three to four weeks.
  • Former Leafs coach Pat Quinn attended the game. Quinn was fired after Toronto missed the playoffs.
  • Brooks led an Olympic team of college players from the United States to the greatest upset in hockey history, the "Miracle on Ice" victory over the mighty Soviet machine in the 1980 semifinals. The Americans went on to win the gold medal, their only one since 1960. Brooks died in a car accident in 2003. His son, Dan, attended the pregame ceremony.
  • Roy won four Stanley Cup championships and three Vezina Trophies as the NHL's top goalie in 19 seasons with Montreal and Colorado. He retired in 2003 as the league's career leader with 551 regular-season victories. Duff won six Stanley Cups with Toronto and Montreal, and Hotchkiss was part of the group that moved the Flames to Calgary from Atlanta.
  • Toronto's Michael Peca didn't return after being bloodied by a puck to the face in the second.
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Tomas Kaberle, Bryan McCabe and Darcy Tucker comprise three goals for Toronto.  (Getty Images)
Tomas Kaberle, Bryan McCabe and Darcy Tucker comprise three goals for Toronto. (Getty Images)
Montreal (8-4-3)1001
Toronto  (11-5-3) «1315
Three Stars
T. Kaberle

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
S. Koivu

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
J. Aubin

Saves: 25
Save Pct.: .962

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Scoring Summary
11:21Power Play - Bryan McCabe (4), Slap Shot - Assists: Tomas Kaberle, Kyle Wellwood
14:34Saku Koivu (4), Tip-In - Assists: Guillaume Latendresse, Craig Rivet
09:27Matt Stajan (5), Slap Shot - Assists: Brendan Bell, Tomas Kaberle
13:39Power Play - Tomas Kaberle (7), Slap Shot - Assists: Bryan McCabe, Kyle Wellwood
17:33Nik Antropov (4), Wrist Shot - Assists: Chad Kilger, Bates Battaglia
14:46Power Play - Bryan McCabe (5), Slap Shot - Assists: Kyle Wellwood, Alexei Ponikarovsky
Penalty Summary
10:25Niinimaa: Holding - 2 min.
10:43Souray: Delay of Game - 2 min.
15:02Stajan: Holding - 2 min.
04:10Streit: Tripping - 2 min.
07:26Markov: Delay of Game - 2 min.
11:35Perezhogin: Hooking - 2 min.
13:16Plekanec: Tripping - 2 min.
18:08Murray: Slashing - 2 min.
03:45Stajan: Hooking - 2 min.
11:45Gill: Holding - 2 min.
14:14Bonk: Hooking - 2 min.
David Aebischer37:33244
Cristobal Huet21:44131
Jean-Sebastien Aubin59:51251
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Referees - Ian Walsh, Dean Warren
Line Judges - Thor Nelson, Dan Schachte
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