Series (Game 4 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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Canadiens 1

(21-23-5, 54 pts)

Maple Leafs 3

(30-20-1, 65 pts)

7:00 PM ET, February 8, 2003

Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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MTL 0 0 11
TOR 1 2 03

M. Sundin (Maple Leafs - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

E. Belfour (Maple Leafs - G): Saves: 32, Save Pct.: .970

A. Mogilny (Maple Leafs - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

Maple Leafs win season-high fifth straight game

TORONTO (AP) -- Mats Sundin came through on a night when the Toronto Maple Leafs honored a captain from a different era.

 Mats Sundin

Sundin scored twice as the Maple Leafs won their season-high fifth straight, 3-1 over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.

The Maple Leafs honored Darryl Sittler with a banner raising ceremony before the game. Sittler paid tribute to wife Wendy, who died 16 months ago of colon cancer. The banner had her name on it.

"We all felt it. It was an emotional night," Sundin said. "It wasn't the best hockey game, but we got the job done. Montreal probably didn't have their best night, but we'll take the points and remember it as Darryl's night."

Sundin scored his 25th and 26th goals for the Maple Leafs, who are on their longest winning streak since winning five in a row Dec. 6-15, 2001.

Toronto's Alexander Mogilny spoiled Ed Belfour's shutout bid with a turnover in front of the net with 3:45 left in the third period. Montreal's Jan Bulis scored the unassisted goal.

Belfour, tied for the league lead with six shutouts, didn't make any impressive saves, but was steady throughout. Backup Trevor Kidd and Belfour have allowed just seven goals in the last five games.

Belfour said he was inspired by Sittler's ceremony.

"To watch that banner go up was something," Belfour said. "It's great to be a Leaf."

Jose Theodore allowed three goals on 38 shots for the Canadiens, who tied a season high with their fourth straight loss. Theodore blamed poor defensive coverage for the loss.

"We only started playing hockey when it was 3-0," Theodore said.

Sundin opened the scoring on a two-man advantage at 14:46 of the first. Mogilny made a pass from behind the net to Sundin, who flicked a wrist shot past Theodore.

"You can leave a guy like Mats Sundin alone for that long a time," Theodore said.

Sundin put the puck through Theodore's pads on a breakaway at 1:50 of the second.

Mogilny made his second pass from behind the net to Jyrki Lumme, who redirected it past Theodore at 11:04 of the second.

Lumme said Sundin and Mogilny were the difference.

"It's huge when they are on top of their games," Lumme said.

The Canadiens went 0-for-4 on the power-play in the third period to finish 0-for-5.

Former Leaf Doug Gilmour received a unsportsmanlike conduct penalty with three second left in the seconds period, and later a 10-minute misconduct for arguing with the officials

Game notes
Sittler captained the Maple Leafs in the late '70s and early '80s. The ceremony came 27 years and one day after his NHL record 10-point performance against Boston. ... Montreal defenseman Patrice Brisebois was taken to a hospital as a precaution after experiencing chest pains before the game. ... Montreal is 3-4-2-1 since coach Claude Julien replaced the fired Michel Therrien on Jan. 17. ... The Canadiens are 1-9-1 in Toronto since the Air Canada Centre opened in 1999. ... Attendance was a regular-eason record 19,439.

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