Maple Leafs 4, Oilers 1

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TORONTO (AP)—Alexander Mogilny enjoyed playing against the up-tempo Edmonton Oilers.

Mogilny scored twice and had an assist, and Ed Belfour made 34 saves in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 4-1 victory Saturday night.

“Edmonton is playing old-time hockey,” Mogilny said. “It’s nice. It’s free-flowing hockey. You can get burned, but you can get a lot of opportunities to score, too. It was an exciting game out there. It was up and down, up and down.”

Mogilny assisted on the first goal, scored Toronto’s second goal, hit the cross bar on a breakaway in the third and scored an empty-net goal.

Mats Sundin added a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs, who are 3-0-1 since losing 7-1 to Philadelphia on Nov. 1. Some fans wanted coach Pat Quinn fired after that loss.

“Philly is a big team and sometimes you just get beat. Hats off to them,” Mogilny said. “It’s a tough market here. You have to have thick skin.”

Ryan Smyth spoiled Belfour’s shutout bid with 8:54 remaining.

Fans chanted `Eddie, Eddie!’ after Belfour made several impressive saves in the second and third periods. His 406 wins are sixth on the NHL’s career list, one less than Glenn Hall.

Belfour stopped Ethan Moreau’s shot from in front of the crease with a pad save early in the third, but Smyth streaked toward the side of the net and redirected Eric Brewer’s pass past Belfour.

“We’ve had a few games where we got burned pretty bad, but we learned from those,” Belfour said. “We’ve played better defensively.”

Oilers coach Craig MacTavish removed goalie Tommy Salo after he allowed three goals on eight shots. Ty Conklin replaced Salo at 3:45 of the second and stopped all 14 shots he faced.

Sundin gave Toronto a 1-0 lead when he skated past a defenseman and put a backhander over Salo’s right shoulder at 7:41 of the first, and Mogilny’s one-timer from the faceoff circle during a two-man advantage made it 2-0 with two seconds left in the first.

“Any time you give Sundin and Mogilny premium scoring chances, it’s tough,” Edmonton captain Jason Smith said. “They are great players. They got chances around the net and they capitalized on them.”

Conklin replaced Salo after Toronto defenseman Ken Klee shot the puck toward the net and it deflected off Robert Reichel’s stick and past Salo to make it 3-0.

The Oilers went 0-for-6 on the power play.

Mogilny’s empty-net goal with 50 seconds left made it 4-1.


Toronto center Joe Nieuwendyk missed his fourth straight game with back spasms. … Sundin leads the Maple leafs with 10 points. He had three goals. … Edmonton outshot Toronto 11-6 in the first period. … Edmonton forwardBrad Isbister missed the game with a cold.

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  Game Winning Goal
A. Mogilny A. Mogilny
Toronto Maple Leafs
Scored at 19:58 of 1st


Goalie Team Shot Save
Tommy Salo Col 8 5