TORONTO (AP) -- Alex Auld played one of his best games of his
career and knew what Mats Sundin was going to do in the shootout.
But he still lost.
Sundin beat Auld in the shootout with a high shot to the glove
"The most frustrating thing is knowing exactly Mats is going to
do and he still puts it by you," Auld said. "Every shootout he
puts it upstairs. That's his thing."
Auld even got a scouting report from former Leafs goalie Ed
Belfour, who told Auld that Sundin would go high.
Tucker followed with his goal that won it.
Sundin said Auld was outstanding, but was amazed by how many
chances his team has missed this early season.
"To be honest with you, I don't think I've seen games like this
in my past eight years with the Maple Leafs," Sundin said. "You
look at the scoreboard and we got 40 shots after two periods and
it's 0-0 and then you're down one, but we showed a lot of
Kyle Wellwood scored and Raycroft made 24 saves for the Maple
Leafs, who lost in a shootout to Montreal on Saturday
Toronto defenseman Pavel Kubina had to be helped off the ice
late in the third after Bertuzzi's knee collided with his. Toronto
signed Kubina to a $20-million, four-year deal in the offseason.
Toronto coach Paul Maurice wouldn't provide details of the
injury but suggested that Kubina would play through it. Kubina will
go for further tests on Tuesday.
"We'll see how bad it is for Kubina. We're going to need him,"
Stephen Weiss scored a power-play goal for the Panthers.
Raycroft stopped Jay Bouwmeester on a breakaway with a blocker
save in overtime. Auld also made a number of impressive stops in
the extra period.
Belfour allowed six goals in a loss to Atlanta on Thursday and
was expected to start against his former team, but Panthers coach
Jacques Martin went with Auld, who was outstanding throughout.
The Maple Leafs continued to have trouble converting scoring
Auld robbed Darcy Tucker of a power-play goal with a spectacular
glove save just minutes after Florida took the lead.
"He earned a point for their club," Sundin said.
Toronto went 0-for-6 on the power play.
After Bertuzzi fired a shot off Raycroft on a power play, Gary
Roberts put another shot off the goalie before Weiss' backhander
gave the Panthers the lead at 3:56 of the third.
Tucker found Wellwood streaking toward Florida's end with a nice
pass midway through the third. Wellwood skated in alone before his
slap shot beat Auld at 11:17.
Toronto recorded 16 shots on Auld in the first period and had
two near goals reviewed by officials. Sundin's shot on the power
play deflected off the post and almost went in, but Florida
defenseman Bryan Allen cleared the puck just as it was about to
cross the line.
Fans booed when it was announced that Auld would start
instead of Belfour, who spent three seasons in Toronto before being
bought out of the last year of his contract. ... Bertuzzi was booed
when he first touched the puck in the opening period.