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Belfour makes 50 saves to carry Leafs

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published January 5, 2003

TORONTO -- Ed Belfour made a season-high 50 saves as the Maple Leafs beat New Jersey 2-1 on Saturday in the second game of a home-and-home series.

"You can't be happy. We had a lot of quality chances," New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur said. "We have a hard time putting the puck in the net, and that's the reason why we aren't winning some of these games. We should be winning 3-1, 4-1, 5-1 maybe."

Travis Green scored the go-ahead goal during the third for the Maple Leafs, who had only 19 shots and were coming off a 2-0 loss in New Jersey on Friday.

Jamie Langenbrunner scored for the Devils, who entered the game as the fifth-lowest scoring team in the league. New Jersey has scored two or fewer goals in its past seven games.

Belfour, whose previous season high was 38 saves in a shutout of New Jersey on Dec.5, robbed Joe Nieuwendyk with a kick save in the second. Fans chanted "Ed-die! Ed-die!" after that and during the final minutes of the game.

"It's never easy when you face that many shots," Belfour said. "I made a few good saves in close. I saw the puck well."

After he took a pass from Alexander Mogilny, Green's one-timer from the side of the net went in off Brodeur 3:29 into the third.

CAPITALS 2, RANGERS 2: Matthew Barnaby's power-play goal with 3:37 left lifted host New York.

The Capitals, who passed the Lightning for first in the Southeast, have played overtime in three consecutive games, tying twice and losing once. Washington has scored only five goals in those games but has earned points in 10 consecutive games, going 5-0-3-2.

SABRES 3, SENATORS 2 (OT): Ales Kotalik scored his second goal of the game with 40.9 seconds left in overtime for visiting Buffalo.

Kotalik, who opened the scoring 48 seconds into the game, took Stu Barnes' two-on-one pass and scored his eighth goal of the season into an open left side.

Shaun Van Allen tied it midway through the second for Ottawa, which lost for the first time in four games against Buffalo this season.

PENGUINS 3, ISLANDERS 2 (OT): Martin Straka scored 42 seconds into overtime for host Pittsburgh.

A long pass by defenseman Marc Bergevin created a two-on-one for Straka and Michal Rozsival, with Straka's shot from the bottom of the left wing circle trickling past Garth Snow.

It was Straka's first overtime goal in 501 regular-season games with the Penguins, who won in overtime for the first time this season (1-5-3).

Down 2-0 after one, the Islanders scored twice during the second, with Arron Asham tying it with 1:02 left.

HURRICANES 4, BRUINS 2: Jeff O'Neill scored two power-play goals to help visiting Carolina end a four-game losing streak.

The Hurricanes made it 3-1 on O'Neill's second power-play goal with 10.2 seconds left in the second. He one-timed Sami Kapanen's cross-ice pass between Steve Shields pads.

BLUE JACKETS 2, COYOTES 0: Marc Denis made 23 saves for his second shutout of the season and Mike Sillinger and Sean Pronger scored for host Columbus.

Denis recorded his sixth career shutout as Columbus improved to 2-0-1-0 in its past three after losing five in a row. Phoenix missed a chance to move to .500 for the first time this season.

FLAMES 3, WILD 2: Martin Gelinas scored power-play and short-handed goals for host Calgary, which improved to 3-0-1 under coach Darryl Sutter. Gelinas scored short-handed 7:42 into the second to make it 2-0. His power-play goal, 7:29 into the third, made it 3-1.

BLACKHAWKS 3, PREDATORS 3: Jason York scored with 3:38 left to lift host Nashville to the tie. York beat Jocelyn Thibault to the glove side with a shot from the point.

Two fall from stands

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Two men sustained minor injuries and were taken to a hospital after falling about 15 feet from the stands onto a concrete walkway Saturday.

In March 2002 at the same site, Brittanie Cecil, 13, was struck in the head by a puck and died two days later.

The two men were "behaving recklessly," the Blue Jackets said, when they fell onto a floor in front of the Zamboni storage area during the second period.

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