Series (Game 1 of 1)

Vancouver leads 1-0

Game 1: Tuesday, January 10th
Maple Leafs3Final

Maple Leafs 3

(24-16-3, 51 pts)

Canucks 4

(24-14-5, 53 pts)

10:00 PM ET, January 10, 2006

Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

1 2 3 T
TOR 2 0 13
VAN 1 2 14

A. Auld (Canucks - G): Saves: 35, Save Pct.: .921

A. Burrows (Canucks - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

R. Kesler (Canucks - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

Toronto (24-15-3) at Vancouver (23-14-5) 10:00 pm EST

Toronto (24-15-3) at Vancouver (23-14-5) 10:00 pm EST

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- The Toronto Maple Leafs are prepared to be without star defenseman Bryan McCabe when they finish a three-game trek against the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday.

McCabe, who leads all NHL defenseman with both 15 goals and 34 assists, is bothered by a groin injury suffered in Saturday's 3-2 victory at Edmonton and likely will miss Tuesday's action.

In the Maple Leafs' seventh win in eight outings, Chad Kilger notched the game-winning goal early in the third period. Mikael Tellqvist made a season-high 36 saves to win for the fourth time in his last five starts.

McCabe had a pair of assists in the victory before leaving and joining an injury list that has held nearly every Toronto star this season. Despite the bangups, the club has vaulted to within eight points of the lead in the Northeast Division.

Meanwhile, the Canucks have rebounded from a season high-tying three-game losing streak by winning their last two, both by one goal.

Brendan Morrison's goal 2:53 into overtime lifted Vancouver to Saturday's 4-3 victory over Calgary. Anson Carter and defenseman Sami Salo helped the Canucks rally from a 3-1 deficit with goals late in regulation, Salo's coming with only 30 seconds left.

With a four-game road trip looming after a return home for one game, the Maple Leafs will try to build on their recent success in the series. They are 4-0-1 in the last five meetings between the teams.