Final OT

Series (Game 1 of 5)

Toronto leads 3-1

Game 1: Saturday, October 19th
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Game 2: Saturday, November 2nd
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Game 3: Saturday, January 18th
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Game 4: Saturday, February 8th
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Game 5: Saturday, February 22nd
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Maple Leafs 2

(2-3-0, 5 pts)

Canadiens 2

(2-2-0, 5 pts)

7:00 PM ET, October 19, 2002

Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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TOR 1 0 1 02
MTL 0 2 0 02

J. Hackett (Canadiens - G): Saves: 32, Save Pct.: .941

S. Koivu (Canadiens - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

A. Dackell (Canadiens - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Kaberle, Leafs salvage 2-2 tie

MONTREAL (AP) -- Mats Sundin couldn't believe he wasn't able to convert the Toronto Maple Leafs' comeback into a win.

Sundin missed a great scoring chance early in overtime after setting up Tomas Kaberle's short-handed goal with 8:15 left in the third period as Toronto tied the Montreal Canadiens 2-2 Saturday night.

Trailing 2-1 after Montreal scored twice in the second, Kaberle took Sundin's drop pass and fired a slap shot past goalie Jeff Hackett.

Sundin had a chance for the winner in the first minute of overtime, but he couldn't lift the rebound of his initial shot over Hackett to the relief of most of the sellout crowd of 21,273.

``I thought for sure I had the goal there,'' Sundin said. ``I wanted to make sure I was going to score. I waited him out and pulled it back a little bit and he dove across like a soccer goalie and got a piece of it. I'll be thinking about that one until I fall asleep, for sure.''

Hackett made six of his 32 saves in overtime in his second straight start in place of NHL MVP Jose Theodore.

``I was just sprawling around like a fish out of water and I was lucky to get a piece of it,'' Hackett said. ``Mats has had a lot of success against me in his career and it's just nice to keep him from getting a goal.''

Richard Zednik and Andreas Dackell scored for Montreal.

``It was a hard-fought point for both teams,'' Hackett said. ``It was a great game.''

Ed Belfour made 29 saves in his return to Toronto's lineup after missing four games because of an infected cut on his right thumb.

``Both goalies were terrific and both teams competed hard,'' Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn said. ``The old Toronto-Montreal rivalry is alive and healthy and it's good to see.''

Travis Green also scored for the Maple Leafs, who beat Phoenix 5-3 Thursday to end a three-game losing streak.

``We were down 2-1 after the second period and we knew we had to come back and put the puck in a little bit deeper,'' Kaberle said. ``That's what we did and we got one in the middle of the third period and we're happy for the one point tonight.''

Green opened the scoring 5:02 in when he took Nik Antropov's pass from behind the goal line and beat Hackett with a wrist shot from the right circle.

Zednik tied it with his second of the season 1:34 into the second, though the goal was only awarded after a video review.

Zednik held the puck and had Belfour sprawled on the ice as he circled in front of the net before shooting into a goal-mouth scramble.

A television replay from behind the net clearly showed the puck crossed the goal line as it sat under defenseman Karel Pilar's leg.

Dackell scored his second of the season to put Montreal ahead at 7:19 on a give-and-go with Jan Bulis.

Bulis intercepted Sundin's cross-ice pass and exchanged passes with Dackell, who flipped the puck past Belfour as he passed the left side of the net.

Belfour slashed Randy McKay during a Montreal power play 14 minutes into the second. The Canadiens forward crashed to the ice and favored his right leg as he went to the dressing room, though no penalty was called on the play.

Game notes

Belfour and McKay -- who returned for the third period -- were briefly teammates last season after McKay was traded to Dallas by New Jersey on March 19. ``It must have been a lucky shot _ he's a tough guy,'' Belfour said. ... Theodore allowed a total of 12 goals in two home losses following a season-opening 4-1 win over the Rangers in New York on Oct. 11.

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