Maple Leafs 2, Wild 1

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TORONTO (AP)—Toronto’s latest win was a costly one.

The Maple Leafs defeated the Minnesota Wild 2-1 Thursday night thanks to a late goal by Aki Berg, but lost captain Mats Sundin after he was hit in the mouth by a puck during the first period.

Sundin didn’t return after being injured on a clearing attempt by teammate Ric Jackman. Toronto coach Pat Quinn said Sundin will miss at least the last game of the regular season on Saturday.

“He had extensive damage to his lip, his teeth and gums,” Quinn said. “He’s going to miss the next little while, certainly Saturday. We’ll have to stay on top of the swelling and his ability to put sustenance in his system.”

The Maple Leafs play Ottawa on Saturday before playing in Philadelphia or New Jersey in the first round of the playoffs.

“That was scary,” Berg said. “Hopefully, he’ll be OK.”

The Maple Leafs are already missing Gary Roberts, Doug Gilmour, Tom Fitzgerald, Shayne Corson, Travis Green and Glen Wesley because of injuries.

Mikael Renberg returned after missing three games with a strained hamstring and scored Toronto’s first goal.

“It seemed like the puck hit Mats pretty hard. Hopefully, it’s not too bad,” Renberg said.

Berg scored on a slap shot from the face-off circle with 3:53 remaining in regulation as Leafs won their fourth straight.

Ed Belfour, who recorded his 400th career win Tuesday, made 20 saves for the Maple Leafs, who are unbeaten in their last five (5-0-1). Fans chanted ‘Eddie!, Eddie! throughout the third period as Belfour made several spectacular saves.

Belfour, who signed with the Maple Leafs after Curtis Joseph left for Detroit as a free agent, was 21-27-11 last season with the Dallas Stars, but is 37-20-5 this season, and 401-262-105 overall in 15 seasons.

His 37th goaltending win lifted him past Joseph for the club record.

“Eddie has been great,” Berg said. “I hope he keeps doing it in the playoffs.”

Manny Fernandez made 24 saves for the playoff-bound Wild, who have lost five of six.

Fernandez robbed Toronto’s Jonas Hoglund of a goal with a glove save midway through the third. Just over two minutes later, Belfour made a spectacular save on Sergei Zholtok. Zholtok had an open net, but Belfour threw up his arm and blocked Zholtok’s wrist shot.

Belfour also stopped Marian Gaborik on a two-on-one a few seconds later.

“We had at least three great chances that we didn’t score because he was great on them,” Minnesota coach Jacques Lemaire said.

On the game’s first goal, Toronto’s Robert Reichel made a drop pass to Renberg, whose wrist shot went over Fernandez’s left shoulder with 4:17 left in the first period.

Minnesota’s Pascal Dupuis tied it on the power-play early in second period after redirecting Andrew Brunette’s pass from behind the net. Richard Park, who also assisted on the goal, retrieved the puck for Dupuis, who scored his 20thgoal.


The Maple Leafs have scored first in 11 straight games. … Reichel recorded his 600th career point. … Toronto’s Nik Antropov played his 200th NHL game. … The Wild have lost three straight on the road. … The MapleLeafs are 3-0 all-time against the Wild.

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