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Sundin sets two Maple Leafs records in dominant win over Islanders wire reports

TORONTO -- Mats Sundin broke the Toronto Maple Leafs' two biggest scoring records -- and took all three game stars.

Capping the historic night at Air Canada Centre, public address announcer Andy Frost drew roars of approval from the more than 19,000 fans when he revealed the selection of the three stars of the game as Sundin, Sundin and Sundin.

Sundin scored his 390th goal for his 917th point to break ties with Darryl Sittler for club records in both categories, and the Maple Leafs beat the New York Islanders 8-1.

"The fans sticking with this team, which hasn't won a championship since '67, is a big carrot for us coming back every year to try and achieve that," Sundin said. "Tonight they were outstanding again and helped us play this game and helped us bounce back after a very disappointing game the other night.

"My respect has grown every year as a player for this city, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the fans. Hopefully, it's grown the same for me as a player."

The Leafs were looking to bounce back from a 7-1 home loss to Carolina on Tuesday.

"Every team is going to lose at some part of the season -- even the team winning the Stanley Cup," Sundin said. "It's how you respond after a loss like that, and I thought we responded well.

Islanders coach Ted Nolan had nothing but praise for Sundin.

"Mats is an all-star player and what he means to the Toronto Maple Leafs and the city, the type of gentleman that he is, it's fitting for him to get that many goals and that many points," Nolan said. "He's a heck of a player."

Sundin's wasn't a pretty goal. In fact, it was an attempted pass. The puck caromed off the skate blade of Islanders defenseman Brendan Witt and past Wade Dubielewicz at 9:54 of the third period. When Sundin went to the bench, his teammates stood and banged their sticks against the boards while the announced crowd of 19,319 stood and cheered the Leafs' Swedish captain.

They'd done the same in the second period when Sundin was credited with an assist but were informed five minutes into the third period that it had been mistakenly awarded.

Nik Antropov, Ian White, Tomas Kaberle, Matt Stajan, Alex Steen, Simon Gamache and Andy Wozniewski also scored for Toronto. It was Wozniewski's first NHL goal.

Leafs goalie Andrew Raycroft made 30 saves, allowing only Ruslan Fedotenko's power-play goal in the first period.

Stajan and Darcy Tucker each had three assists.

"I'm extremely happy for him," Tucker said of Sundin. "He's the face of the franchise and has been for a number of years.

Coach Paul Maurice shook up his lines after the lopsided loss to the Hurricanes. He had Sundin between Jason Blake and Steen, Stajan centering Darcy Tucker and Gamache, Antropov with John Pohl and Boyd Devereaux, and Kris Newbury with Chad Kilger and Wade Belak.

"It was embarrassing," said Dubielewicz, who was in the net for the Islanders to give Rick DiPietro a rest. "The effort just wasn't there -- from me on out."


  • Toronto improved to 2-2-1 and the Islanders slipped to 3-2-0.
  • Over the last 10 seasons, Sundin ranks fourth among all NHL players in goals (334) and points (787).
  • Belak, taking the place of Bates Battaglia, and Gamache, up from the AHL Marlies in place of Alexei Ponikarovsky (left knee), got into their first game this season.
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Mats Sundin is now the leader in goals (390) and points (917) in Maple Leafs franchise history. (AP)
Mats Sundin is now the leader in goals (390) and points (917) in Maple Leafs franchise history. (AP)
NY Islanders (2-2-0)1001
Toronto  (2-2-1) «2338
Three Stars
M. Sundin

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
A. Steen

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
A. Raycroft

Saves: 30
Save Pct.: .968

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Scoring Summary
02:51Power Play - Nik Antropov (3), Tip-In. Assist: Pavel Kubina, Darcy Tucker
07:49Ian White (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Darcy Tucker, Matt Stajan
13:43Ruslan Fedotenko (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Bruno Gervais, Mike Comrie
07:15Tomas Kaberle (2), Backhand Shot. Assist: Jason Blake
17:33Short - Matt Stajan (3), Wrist Shot. Assist: Nik Antropov, Pavel Kubina
19:21Alexander Steen (1), Backhand Shot, Unassisted.
02:28Andy Wozniewski (1), Tip-In. Assist: Matt Stajan,
09:54Mats Sundin (2), Backhand Shot. Assist: Alexander Steen, Hal Gill
13:22Power Play - Simon Gamache (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Matt Stajan, Bryan McCabe
Penalty Summary
01:04Sillinger, 2 min, Hooking
08:38Comrie, 2 min, Tripping
11:44Belak, 2 min, Roughing
13:51Tambellini, 2 min, Interference
17:17Bergenheim, 2 min, Tripping
05:41Witt, 2 min, High sticking
06:40Tucker, 2 min, Holding
09:41Gamache, 2 min, Interference
12:41Tambellini, 2 min, Hooking
16:28Steen, 2 min, Hooking
18:39Sundin, 2 min, Holding
19:14Comrie, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
11:00Belak, 5 min, Fighting
11:00Sutton, 5 min, Fighting
11:00Newbury, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
12:35Gervais, 2 min, Slashing
18:26Wozniewski, 2 min, Holding
19:38White, 2 min, Hooking
New York1171331
Wade Dubielewicz60:00348
Andrew Raycroft60:00301
Game Information
Attendance - 19319
Referees - Mike Hasenfratz, Frederick L'Ecuyer
Linesmen - Tim Nowak, Thor Nelson
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Ott 3
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