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Toronto wins its seventh in a row on road

2/23/2003

MONTREAL (AP) -- The Toronto Maple Leafs got a lot of crowd
support as they came back for a record-tying road victory to keep their
recent streak alive.

Tie Domi, Nik Antropov and Gary Roberts scored late in the third
period as the Maple Leafs beat Montreal 5-3 on Saturday night to
tie a franchise record with their seventh consecutive road victory.

The soldout Bell Centre crowd of 21,273 -- made up of a
significant number of Toronto fans sporting the team's blue and
white jerseys -- cheered loudly and emotionally after both teams'
goals.

''It sounded like we had a ton of Maple Leafs fans out there,
and we probably did,'' Toronto goalie Trevor Kidd said.

Domi tied it at 3 with 5:27 left, and Antropov put Toronto ahead
with 2:22 to go. Roberts scored into an empty net with 23.2 left as
the Maple Leafs won their fifth in a row overall.

''It's nice to score the game-winning goal against Montreal, in
Montreal,'' Antropov said. ''It was nice to come back in the third
period and get the win. It's a huge win for us.''

With Toronto down 3-1 after Montreal scored three consecutive goals
in the second, Mats Sundin scored with 2:41 remaining in the period
to draw the Maple Leafs to one down.

Toronto has come back to win seven games this season when
trailing after two periods.

''That's one of those things that if you look at the scoreboard
and decide how you're going to play for the rest of the game, then
you're going to lose a lot of them,'' Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn
said. ''We always try to blow it off. We didn't have a period we
liked in the second and we just said, 'We might not win, but let's
get rid of the way we're playing.'''

Toronto, which has won 10 of 11, pressed for the tying goal in
the third and finally got its break when Domi was left unmarked on
the edge of the crease.

The crowd came alive as if the game was in Toronto when Antropov
put the Leafs ahead with his 15th goal, and yet again when Roberts
scored his second in four games since returning from shoulder
surgery.

''It's always fun to play these games,'' Roberts said. ''We have
that rivalry with Ottawa now, and it's always been that way with
Montreal. It's just an exciting city to come to and play, and I
thought they played hard tonight. If it wasn't for some bounces our
way in the third, we wouldn't have won the hockey game.''

Alexander Mogilny had a goal and two assists, and Sundin also
added an assist for Toronto.

Richard Zednik, Joe Juneau and Chad Kilger scored for Montreal,
3-2-0-2 in its last seven games.

''We've got to limit those mistakes we made in the third period
and find a way to play 60 minutes the way we played the first 40
minutes tonight,'' Canadiens coach Claude Julien said.

Zednik tied it at 1 at 8:18 of the second after Mogilny opened
the scoring just 43 seconds into the period.

Juneau scored the go-ahead goal three minutes later with the
second consecutive shot deflected past Kidd by a Maple Leafs
defenseman, and Kilger put Montreal up by two with his seventh at
15:25.

Sundin got his team-leading 28th goal just 1:54 later to draw
Toronto to one down.

Kidd stopped 19 shots, starting in place of Ed Belfour, who was
rested after winning five of six consecutive starts.

Mogilny, who leads the Maple Leafs with 64 points, opened the
scoring with his 24th goal of the season early in the second as he
put Jose Theodore's big rebound of Sundin's shot into a wide open
left side.

Montreal came back with three goals in 7:07 to take a 3-1 lead.

Zednik got his 25th at 8:18 to tie it as Maple Leafs defenseman
Robert Svehla deflected his shot past Kidd.

Another Toronto defenseman played a part in the Canadiens'
go-ahead goal three minutes later as Juneau's shot struck the shaft
of Bryan McCabe's stick before sailing over Kidd's left shoulder.

Kilger scored his seventh when he fired a shot past Kidd at
15:25 to put Montreal up 3-1.

Game notes
The Maple Leafs won seven consecutive road games twice before -- in 1940-41, and again in 1960-61. ... Toronto won the season
series 3-1-1. The Maple Leafs went undefeated against Montreal last
season with two victories and three ties. ... Toronto is 7-14-2-0 when
trailing through two periods this season. The Canadiens are
19-4-5-2 when leading after the second. ... Kidd made his first
start since Feb. 6, when he stopped 34 shots in a 3-2 overtime victory in Tampa Bay. ... Theodore, the NHL Most Valuable Player last season, is 1-7-0 in
his last eight games.