Acquired on Wednesday from the New York Rangers, Leetch donned a different uniform for the first time in his 17-season NHL career.
Belfour, plagued recently by a sore back, was rarely tested as the Islanders managed just three shots in the first 33 minutes. Toronto outshot New York 24-18, including 9-2 in the first period.
Leetch assisted on Sundin’s power-play goal at 7:02 of the first by threading a pass to Roberts, who passed to Sundin in front of the net.
McCabe’s one-timer from the blue line after Leetch’s pass made it 2-0 at 12:25.
Reichel scored with 54 seconds left in the first after goaltender Rick DiPietro went down before he shot the puck, and Roberts’ tip-in gave Toronto a 4-0 lead midway through the third.
Leetch faked a shot before passing to McCabe, whose one-timer during a two-man advantage made it 5-0.
Excited that Leetch might improve Toronto’s chances to win its first Stanley Cup since 1967, fans gave the star defenseman a huge ovation when he was introduced before the game.
Leetch played an integral role in helping the Rangers win the 1994 Stanley Cup, their first since 1940. He had 11 goals and 23 assists in 23 playoff games to earn the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.
One fan held up a sign that read: “Welcome to the playoffs Leetch.” TheRangers haven’t made the postseason in seven years.
The Maple Leafs gave up defenseman Maxim Kondratiev, forward Jarkko Immonen, a first-round pick in this year’s draft and a second-round choice in 2005 for Leetch. … Official Ray Scapinello dropped to the ice after being hit by Adrian Aucoin’s clearing attempt in the first. Oleg Kvasha also nailed Scapinello in the head with a clearing attempt in the third. Scapinello took a little longer to get up the second time. … The Maple Leafs have outshot their opponents 43-12 in the first period of the last three games. … Toronto’s JoeNieuwendyk didn’t return after leaving with back spasms in the first period.