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McCabe's two power-play goals lift Leafs past Rangers

TORONTO (AP) -- Nobody is better this season on the power-play
than Bryan McCabe and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

McCabe scored two goals on the power play, leading the Maple
Leafs to a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.

The veteran defenseman leads the NHL with 17 points on the power
play.

"It's like he's scoring at will right now," Toronto captain
Mats Sundin said. "He's the best defenseman in the league right
now."

The Maple Leafs went 2-for-4 with the man advantage and moved
past Detroit for first overall in the NHL at 25.2 percent, a major
reason Toronto (10-7-0) has been able to stay above .500 this
season.

"Clearly its won us some games," Toronto coach Pat Quinn said.
"The teams that have good special teams are getting the points
because all teams are playing a lot shorthanded or on the power
play."

McCabe scored on a two-man advantage in the first, and gave
Toronto a 2-1 lead at 3:37 of the third.

"They executed two good plays. Their power play is certainly
humming and Bryan McCabe is outstanding," New York goalie Kevin
Weekes said.

Jaromir Jagr scored his league-leading 18th goal for the
Rangers, who dropped to 3-1 on their five game road trip.

Jagr had a hat trick in Saturday's victory over Pittsburgh, his
former team.

Eric Lindros played New York for the first time since signing
with Toronto over the summer. Lindros didn't record a point, but
had a physical game against his former team.

The Maple Leafs won two in a row for the first time since a
four-game win streak from Oct. 11-20.

McCabe leads all NHL defenseman with 25 points. He's made
himself a strong candidate to play for Team Canada at the upcoming
Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.

"I'm sick of worrying about that. I spent six years worrying
about it, so I'm just playing hockey," McCabe said.

Defenseman Tomas Kaberle assisted on both of McCabe's goals.
McCabe's one-timer gave Toronto a 1-0 lead at 18:01 of the first.

Jagr called for the puck by tapping his stick on the ice before
tying it at 1 at 6:14 of the second. Michael Nylander made pass
from the behind the net to Jagr, who scored from in front of the
net.

McCabe's shot from the point went between Weekes' legs early in
the third.

But Weekes, a Toronto native, made several impressive stops
earlier in the game, finishing with 22 saves.

Ed Belfour also had a strong game with 27 saves.

The Rangers emptied their net and put out an extra skater with
40 seconds, but couldn't tie it.

Game notes
Because of the lockout and the Maple Leafs' season sweep of
the Rangers in 2003-04, New York hasn't beaten Toronto since Jan.
13, 2003. ... New York's Fedor Fedorov's missed the game with a
swollen eye, reportedly the result of being punched at a Tampa Bay
club. ... Fedorov's brother, Sergei, was traded from Anaheim to
Columbus on Tuesday.