Final

Toronto won 4-3 (Game 5 of 7)

Toronto won 4-3

Game 1: Thursday, April 8th
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Game 2: Saturday, April 10th
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Game 3: Monday, April 12th
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Game 4: Wednesday, April 14th
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Game 5: Friday, April 16th
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Game 6: Sunday, April 18th
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Game 7: Tuesday, April 20th
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7:00 PM ET, April 16, 2004

Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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OTT 0 0 00
TOR 0 0 22

R. Reichel (Maple Leafs - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

K. Klee (Maple Leafs - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

J. Nieuwendyk (Maple Leafs - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Belfour stops 21 shots

TORONTO (AP) -- Earlier this season, Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson guaranteed that the Senators would win the Stanley Cup. Now, he promises they won't lose to the Toronto Maple Leafs again.

"You haven't seen the last of us yet. We're going to force this to Game 7 and come in here next Tuesday and win this series," Alfredsson said.

Ed Belfour stopped all 21 Ottawa shots and he and the Maple Leafs shut out the Senators for the third time in the playoff series, winning 2-0 Friday night.

Toronto leads the best-of-seven series 3-2 and can advance to the second round by beating Ottawa on Sunday.

Tie Domi and Joe Nieuwendyk scored third-period goals for the Maple Leafs, who also won Games 2 and 3 by 2-0 scores.

"It's a big win for us, but the job is not done yet," said Toronto's Matt Stajan, who replaced injured captain Mats Sundin.

The Maple Leafs have eliminated the Senators from the playoffs three times in four years.

The Senators outshot the Maple Leafs for the fifth straight game, but couldn't get the puck past Belfour. He recorded his 14th career playoff shutout despite not having to make any spectacular saves.

"I didn't think we were very good," Ottawa coach Jacques Martin said. "We didn't generate enough. I think we were good before, but not tonight."

Belfour rebounded after allowing four goals in a Game 4 loss and tied Tampa Bay's Nikolai Khabibulin for the most shutouts in this year's first round. Fans chanted "Ed-die, Ed-die!" in the final seconds.

"Mats is a huge player for us and everybody in here knew they had to step up their game and they did that," Belfour said of Sundin, sidelined by a leg injury.

Domi, Toronto's enforcer, scored after his rebound deflected in off the skates of Ottawa forward Bryan Smolinski at 1:43 of the third.

Nieuwendyk, who missed Game 4 due to a sore back, gave Toronto a 2-0 lead at 15:18 after Ottawa defenseman Zdeno Chara missed a chance to tie it. After Chara fanned on a one-timer in front of Toronto's net, Tomas Kaberle skated up ice on a two-on-one before passing to Nieuwendyk, who scored his third goal of the series.

Ottawa dominated the first period -- outshooting Toronto 7-2.

The Maple Leafs almost scored midway though the second when a streaking Gary Roberts passed the puck toward the front of the net, but Ron Francis couldn't get a stick on it.

Ottawa's Marian Hossa skated in on a partial breakaway a few minutes later, but defenseman Ken Klee caught up to him and slapped the puck away just as Klee was about to shoot.

Senators forward Vaclav Varada skated in on a breakaway in the third, after going around defenseman Bryan McCabe, but he lost the puck before he could get off a shot.

Game notes


Ottawa has outshot Toronto 155-100 in the series. ... Sundin was injured in the third period of Ottawa's 4-1 win on Wednesday. He didn't return to the game and hasn't skated since. "It's tough to hold him down," Domi said. Sundin is third on the Maple Leafs' career playoff points list with 65. In 78 postseason contests, Sundin has 32 goals and 38 assists. ... Ottawa C Radek Bonk limped off the ice after being hit in the leg by a slap shot in the second period.

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