The Maple Leafs own a four-game unbeaten streak and remain one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference following their 4-1 win over Edmonton on Saturday.
Belfour captured his 406th win, moving him into sixth on the NHL’s career list, one less than Glenn Hall.
When Toronto lost 7-1 to Philadelphia on Nov. 1, many fans were calling for coach Pat Quinn to be fired. Since then, the Leafs have gone 3-0-1.
“We’ve had a few games where we got burned pretty bad, but we learned from those,” Belfour said. “We’ve played better defensively.”
The cheers this season for Jean-Sebastien Giguere, however, have grown silent.
After posting sparkling numbers in being named MVP of last season’s playoffs, the 26-year-old netminder has struggled this season, going 2-8-0 with a 2.79 goals-against average.
Giguere, however, reclaimed his starting job from Martin Gerber on Nov. 2 and has dropped his GAA from 3.01 to 2.43.
He earned his first win since Oct. 22 in a 2-1 overtime victory over Phoenix on Friday.
“Hopefully tonight helps with my confidence. I’ll go home feeling good,” said Giguere, whose only other victory came in overtime. “We played for 60 minutes and the defensive-zone coverage was much better.”
Sergei Fedorov assisted on the winner for his first point in five games and the 965th of his career, tying Maurice Richard for 71st place on the NHL career list.
STANDINGS (through Nov. 10): Maple Leafs - 18 points, 2nd place, 1 PB, Northeast Division. Mighty Ducks - 14 points, 3rd place, 3 PB, Pacific Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Maple Leafs - Darcy Tucker, 4 goals; Mats Sundin and Bryan McCabe, 7 assists; Sundin, 10 points; Wade Belak, 48 PIM. Mighty Ducks - Rucchin and Rob Niedermayer, 6 goals; Fedorov, 8 assists and 11 points; Todd Simpson, 40 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through Nov. 10): Maple Leafs - Power play: 14.6 percent (12 for 82), 21st in NHL. Penalty killing: 83.7 percent (13 for 80), 17th. Mighty Ducks - Power play: 15.2 percent (11 for 72), 20th. Penalty killing: 83.3 percent (11 for 66), 19th.
GOALTENDERS: Maple Leafs - Belfour (5-5-3, 1 SO, 2.52 GAA); Mikael Tellqvist (2-0-0, 2.29). Mighty Ducks - Giguere (2-8-0, 2.79); Gerber (3-2-1, 1, 1.83).
2002-2003 SEASON SERIES: Maple Leafs, 1-0.
LAST MEETING: Oct. 28, 2002; Maple Leafs, 5-2. At Toronto, Sundin and Robert Reichel each scored and had an assist as the Maple Leafs stopped a four-game winless streak. Belfour made 21 saves for Toronto.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Maple Leafs - 4-2-2-0 on the road; Mighty Ducks - 2-3-1-1 at home.