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Montreal rallies from early deficit

1/20/2003

MONTREAL (AP) -- Nik Antropov used a simple and effective plan to
score his first career overtime goal.

Antropov scored his 12th of the season 56 seconds into overtime
as the Toronto Maple Leafs spoiled new Montreal coach Claude
Julien's NHL debut with a 3-2 victory over the Canadiens on
Saturday night.

After Montreal tied it with 7:06 left in regulation, Antropov
took the puck the length of the ice before firing a shot from the
slot off goalie Jose Theodore's left shoulder and into the net to
give Toronto its third straight win.

"In overtime I know a lot of guys just shoot the puck and good
things happen, so I did," Antropov said.

Trailing 2-0 after the first, the Canadiens came back on Yanic
Perreault's goal late in the second and Mariusz Czerkawski's score
12:54 into the third to force overtime.

"I said if we got a goal, we could make it 2-1 and be back in
it, and we did that, and we managed to do it again in the third and
get ourselves a point," said Julien, promoted from Hamilton of the
AHL on Friday.

Julien, who had no previous NHL coaching experience, replaced
Michel Therrien, fired after the Canadiens won just two of 12
games.

Travis Green and Robert Reichel scored 5:21 apart in the first
for the Maple Leafs, who have won six of eight.

Mikael Tellqvist stopped nine of 10 shots to claim the win after
taking over from Trevor Kidd, who left the game with a groin injury
5:30 into the third.

"It was an entertaining game," Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin
said. "We knew Montreal would be fired up with a new coach. They
had a little more jump than us tonight. Our goaltenders saved the
day for us and we were able to squeeze two points out."

Green opened the scoring 9:03 in when he one-timed Shayne
Corson's pass to the left of goalie Jose Theodore for his eighth of
the season.

Reichel scored his seventh at 14:24 when his pass from behind
the net hit the skate of Montreal defenseman Patrick Traverse
before deflecting in off Perreault's skate.

Outshot 14-9 in the first, Montreal turned that around in the
second. The Canadiens held a 17-8 advantage, and Perreault beat
Kidd at 19:53 to draw the Canadiens within one.

Czerkawski, who played for Julien in Hamilton after being
briefly demoted, scored his third of the season with 7:06 left in
regulation. He beat Tellqvist with a shot into the top right
corner.

Game notes
Kidd, who stopped 28 of 29 shots before leaving the game,
made his second start in as many nights in place of Ed Belfour.
Belfour, selected to the Eastern Conference All-Star team Thursday,
is day-to-day because of back spasms. ... Toronto used its timeout
with 11:06 remaining in the third. ... Julien led Hamilton to an
AHL-best record of 33-6-3-3 this season.

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