Series (Game 3 of 4)

Toronto leads 3-1

Game 1: Monday, October 27th
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Game 2: Thursday, November 27th
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Game 3: Friday, January 30th
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Game 4: Monday, March 29th
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Maple Leafs 4

(28-13-3, 67 pts)

Jets 1

(21-24-2, 50 pts)

7:30 PM ET, January 30, 2004

Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia

1 2 3 T
TOR 0 3 14
WPG 0 1 01

J. Nieuwendyk (Maple Leafs - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

T. Kidd (Maple Leafs - G): Saves: 25, Save Pct.: .962

K. Pilar (Maple Leafs - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

Toronto (27-13-8-3) at Atlanta (21-23-6-2) 7:30 pm EST

ATLANTA (Ticker) -- With the butterflies out of the way, Dany Heatley tries to get the Atlanta Thrashers flying again.

Heatley plays his second game since returning from the fatal car accident that claimed the life of teammate Dan Snyder as the Thrashers host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night.

Wednesday night's 1-1 tie against the St. Louis Blues marked the return of Heatley, one of the NHL's brightest young stars who suffered torn ligaments in his knee and a broken jaw in the September car crash.

Driving at a high speed Heatley slammed his Ferrari into a pillar on a winding road in Atlanta's Buckhead neighborhood. Snyder suffered massive brain injuries and died six days later at the age of 25.

Heatley, 23, made a remarkable return from a torn ACL, taking the ice just four months after the accident. He had an even rating with four shots Wednesday while showing signs of his old form.

With the emotional return out of the way, Heatley can concentrate on getting the Thrashers back to their winning ways. They are winless in their last four games (0-2-2) as they chase Tampa Bay in the Southeast Division.

Toronto is in much better shape, beginning the night atop the Northeast Division, one point behind Philadelphia for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Maple Leafs had a three-game winning streak snapped with Tuesday's 2-0 home loss to Carolina. They have been blanked three times in their last eight games.

The Leafs have been ravaged by injuries. Among those sidelined have been right wings Owen Nolan and Alexander Mogilny, center Robert Reichel and defenseman Ken Klee.

The teams have split the first two meetings this season.