TORONTO (AP) -- Curtis Joseph overcame a shaky start to beat his
Paul Mara, Geoff Sanderson, Ladislav Nagy and Fredrik Sjostrom
scored goals to help the Phoenix Coyotes overcome a three-goal,
first-period deficit in a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs
on Saturday night.
Wayne Gretzky coached his first game in Toronto, and Joseph,
playing his first in Toronto since leaving in 2002, made 25 saves.
"The first period wasn't the script that I wanted, but
fortunately, the ending was," Joseph said. "There was a lot of
emotion out there. I grew up in the area."
Fans cheered Joseph when he was announced for the starting
lineup. Leafs fans were stunned when he signed with Detroit in
Gretzky and his father, Walter, received loud ovations when
shown on the videoboard.
Gretzky attended his grandmother's funeral Wednesday, three
weeks after the death of his mother, then returned to the bench to
lead the Coyotes to a 2-1 shootout win over the Buffalo Sabres on
After Toronto's Jason Allison, Carlo Colaiacovo and Tomas
Kaberle scored power-play goals in the first, Mara and Sanderson
scored within 16 seconds of each other in the second period, and
Nagy and Sjostrom scored 13 seconds apart early in the third.
Nagy tied it at 3 after Matt Jones missed badly on his shot from
the point. The puck deflected off the boards to Nagy in front.
Sanderson put the Coyotes in front at 4:15, backhanding a shot
into an open net after Sanderson fired a slap shot off goalie Ed
"We don't like to be put under the pressure to score three
goals, but it's a relief that we can do it when we have to on a
real huge stage like this and in an important time of our season,"
Allison beat Joseph with a wrist shot at 9:28 of the first,
Colaiacovo redirected Mats Sundin's shot in at 1:42, and Kaberle's
shot in front of the blue line made it 3-0 with 36 seconds left in
"Mentally, we weren't very good," Toronto's Kyle Wellwood
said. "This wasn't very good."
Colaiacovo sent Mike Comrie flying with a check in the second.
Comrie went after Colaiacovo, but the young defenseman wouldn't
Everyone but the goalies tussled. Phoenix's Steve Gainey and
Toronto's Jason Allison received 10-minute misconducts.
The season-high crowd of 19,520 booed the Maple Leafs in
the final seconds. ... Toronto defenseman Bryan McCabe missed his
second straight game because of a strained groin. ... Toronto
forward Nik Antropov returned after missing a month with a knee