TORONTO (AP) -- The Toronto Maple Leafs' playoff hopes took a
double hit on Saturday night.
After the game, Toronto center Eric Lindros announced he'll need
surgery after reinjuring his right wrist.
Lindros, who recently returned after missing 26 games after
tearing a ligament, didn't return to the game for the third period
after aggravating it when he took a slap shot in the second period.
"I tore it," Lindros said. "I'm going to need surgery this
The Toronto native might have played his last game in a Leafs
uniform if surgery causes him to miss the rest of the season.
Lindros signed one-year, $1.55 million contract last summer,
fulfilling a lifelong dream to play for the Leafs. His career has
been plagued by concussions.
"It's been a frustrating time for him and us as well. We had
hoped to have him healthy," coach Pat Quinn said.
Alex Steen and Alex Ponikarovsky had goals for the Maple Leafs,
who have lost five straight.
Toronto -- 4-14-2 since Jan. 6 -- is in danger of missing the
playoffs for the first time in coach Quinn's seven-year tenure.
"It's tough losing, especially now that the games are so
important," Steen said. "The upcoming games are going to be
"Toronto is close to my hometown of Hamilton. I grew up
watching Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday night. It was one of
the most exciting games of my life, that's for sure," Emery said.
Heatley scored his 36th goal by sending a one-timer past
40-year-old goalie Ed Belfour at 4:24 of the third period.
Toronto had a power-play opportunity with 15.1 seconds left.
After the Maple Leafs called a timeout, Ottawa won the faceoff back
to Chara, who shot the puck the length of the ice for an
"Toronto played well," Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson said.
"It was close right until the end."
Toronto's Chad Kilger made a backhanded pass from behind the net
to Steen, who scored at 11:54 of the first.
After checking his man behind the net, Eaves skated in front and
put a rebound past Belfour at 3:08 of the second.
Just over a minute later, Pothier's shot from the point
deflected off Toronto defenseman Aki Berg and past Belfour.
But Ponikarovsky tied it after Ottawa's Chris Kelly turned the
puck over around his net, allowing Ponikarovsky to score after a
rebound at 8:08 of the second.
The Maple Leafs honored enforcer Tie Domi for playing in
his 1,000th NHL game on Friday night. The 15-minute ceremony
included a video tribute that featured Frank Sinatra's "My Way."
Former teammate Doug Gilmour presented Domi with a silver stick
with the names of his ex-teammates. His mentor, enforcer Tiger
Williams, unveiled a framing of his first NHL contract and the
gamesheet from his first and 1,000th game. Domi spoke and thanked a
long list people -- even Ottawa Senators fans. ... NHL commissioner
Gary Bettman attended the game.