"J.R. always says it's the best place to score goals, so to get
two is a pretty fun experience," the 21-year-old Brown said.
Mathieu Garon made 36 saves for the Kings, who salvaged the last
game of a four-game Eastern road trip.
"This is a hard building to win hockey games in, but we stuck
though it and killed off a lot of penalties," said Roenick, who
has 41 career goals against Toronto -- his most against any team.
"This is a big plus for us. Hopefully, this gets us off our little
Darcy Tucker scored for the Maple Leafs, who went just 1-for-9
on the power play. Fans booed the Leafs at the final buzzer.
Tucker said Garon was solid.
"He was good controlling his rebounds, that's for sure,"
Los Angeles forward Alexander Frolov looked more like teammate
Sean Avery, receiving eight minutes in penalties. Frolov entered
the game with only 12 this season.
Avery, famous for some controversial remarks, was booed every he
touched the puck. He has 108 penalty minutes this season, but
didn't get any against Toronto.
Garon called it an important win.
"When you are on losing streak like that you don't want to go
home with five losses in a row. We just wanted to win," Garon
Toronto goalie Ed Belfour failed in this third attempt to move
into sole possession of second place on the NHL wins list. Belfour,
40, tied Hall of Famer Terry Sawchuk's 447 career wins on Nov. 28.
Team Canada boss Wayne Gretzky watched the game from the press
box. Toronto defenseman Bryan McCabe is a candidate to be selected
to play in the Turin Olympics in February. He assisted on Tucker's
goal, and leads NHL defenseman with 36 points.
"He's getting a lot accolades. We're watching him closely,"
said Gretzky, whose Phoenix Coyotes have a break in the schedule.
The team will be chosen on Dec. 21.
Brown, standing in front of the net, took a couple of whacks
before putting a rebound past Belfour at 3:36 of the first.
Belfour failed to close his glove on Mattias Norstrom's shot,
allowing the puck to trickle near the goal line before Brown pushed
it over the line on the power play at 4:06 of the second.
Toronto went on the power play five times in the second, but
scored just once -- during a two-man advantage -- on Tucker's shot
from the side of the net.
Gretzky will trim the list of 81 Canadian Olympic
contenders by the end of the week. ... Former Leafs goaltending
great Johnny Bower received a loud ovation when shown on the
videoboard. ... Roenick played two days after going to a Toronto
hospital because of pneumonia.
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Arena: Air Canada Centre Location: Toronto, Ontario
Referees: Kerry Fraser, Craig Spada Linesmen: Pierre Champoux, Michel Cormier
Attendance: 19,403 (103.2% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Dustin Brown (4)
Assists: Eric Belanger, Mattias Norstrom
Dustin Brown (5)
(Power Play) Assists: Mattias Norstrom, Eric Belanger
Darcy Tucker (13)
(Power Play) Assists: Tomas Kaberle, Bryan McCabe