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Leafs take down Flyers in overtime

©Associated Press
April 15, 2003

TORONTO -- The Maple Leafs took the lead in their playoff series with their best game yet.

Still, it took more than 27 extra minutes to get the victory Monday night.

Tomas Kaberle scored his second goal at 7:20 of double overtime as Toronto beat Philadelphia 4-3 for a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

"Philadelphia dominated us in the first and second games, both with shots and the physical game, but tonight we did a lot better job," said Toronto's Mats Sundin, whose team was outshot 67-32 in the first two games.

After Sundin skated around the back of the net and put a shot on goalie Roman Cechmanek, Kaberle backhanded the rebound over Cechmanek.

Kaberle tied the score at 2 in the second period, and Alexander Mogilny gave Toronto a 3-2 lead with his fifth goal of the series, but Mark Recchi tied it early in the third period.

Philadelphia's Kim Johnsson almost won it in the first overtime, but his shot deflected off goalie Ed Belfour's right shoulder and hit the post.

Before the game, Masters champion Mike Weir received one of the loudest standing ovations in the four-year history of the Air Canada Centre. Weir dropped the ceremonial first puck. On Sunday, he became the first Canadian man to win a major golf championship.

Mogilny didn't return after leaving in the second overtime when he was hit in the face by a stick. Mogilny had to be helped off the ice after the stick of Philadelphia's Jeremy Roenick hit his chin at 4:33.

He received stitches in his mouth, but seemed okay. He wasn't available to the media.

SENATORS 3, ISLANDERS 2 (2 OT): Todd White has been watching the playoffs, and didn't want Ottawa to have the same poor fate as the Stanley Cup champions.

White tipped in his second goal 2:25 into the second overtime, giving the top-seeded Senators a 2-1 series lead.

The Senators, who won the Presidents' Trophy with 113 points -- 30 more than eighth-seeded New York -- only need to win their remaining two home games to reach the second round for the second straight year.

But winning at home has been difficult for nearly every team in the playoffs. Stanley Cup champion Detroit fell into a 2-0 hole at home against Anaheim, which won the first game in triple overtime despite more chances by the Red Wings.

"Overtime is fickle, all it takes is one chance," White said.

Ottawa had 18 shots through regulation, but found its second wind in overtime when it peppered Garth Snow with 14 shots, 12 in the first extra session.

"Snow made a couple of big saves for them," White said. "I didn't want to say it, but you look at what happened to Detroit a few nights ago, and you don't want that happening to you."

Chris Phillips also scored for Ottawa, which got 30 saves from Patrick Lalime.

Alexei Yashin and Randy Robitaille scored for New York, which got 29 saves from Snow.

A turnover in the neutral zone led to the winning goal. Magnus Arvedson carried into the New York zone and sent in a shot from the top of the right circle. White, standing in front, got enough of the puck to put it between Snow's pads on the Senators' second shot of the second overtime.

BLUES 3, CANUCKS 1: So far, St. Louis doesn't miss Al MacInnis.

Doug Weight had two goals and an assist and a stingy defense helped the host Blues take control of their opening-round playoff series. The Blues, who also got a goal and an assist from Pavol Demitra, lead the series 2-1.

MacInnis, the Blues' captain, injured his shoulder on a hit by Todd Bertuzzi in the first period of Game 2 and will be out indefinitely. Without his dominating slap shot on the power play, the Blues improvised with a lineup that often featured four left-handed shooters. They scored once with the man advantage and another time only two seconds after a penalty expired.

The Blues also silenced again the Canucks' No. 1 line of Bertuzzi, Markus Naslund and Brendan Morrison, with Chris Pronger taking MacInnis' spot opposite Barrett Jackman.

AVALANCHE 3, WILD 0: Minnesota's fans waited 11 years for another playoff game. Then Colorado quickly deflated them and their team.

In the first playoff game the Twin Cities has hosted since 1992, Alex Tanguay's early first-period goal got Colorado going, and a stellar Patrick Roy did the rest.

That gave the Avalanche a 2-1 lead in its best-of-seven West quarterfinal series.

Peter Forsberg had a goal and an assist and Joe Sakic had a goal for Colorado, which got 18 saves from Roy and a stifling defense around the crease.

"Obviously we had to weather the storm early and be ready to play," Avalanche coach Tony Granato said. "This is a phenomenal hockey town."

The last time the state hosted a postseason game was April 28, 1992, when the North Stars lost to Detroit in Game 6 of a Campbell Conference series. An overflow crowd of 19,534 -- the largest to watch a hockey game in Minnesota -- had the place roaring as the skaters took the ice on top of a giant projection show portraying newspaper clippings from the franchise's first three seasons, and action shots of each Wild player.

"This is as good as we can play," Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said. "We want to make it as close as possible, and if we can get some breaks and steal a win, we'll go from there."

DUCKS 3, WINGS 1: Host Anaheim took a stunning 3-0 lead over the defending Stanley Cup champions in the West quarterfinal.

Goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere carried the Mighty Ducks with 33 saves.

Samuel Pahlsson scored the winner in the second period. Stanislav Chistov scored Anaheim's other goal.

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