Saturday, May 1, 2004

Leafs defeat Flyers to even series at 2-2

Calgary's Nieminen suspended 1 game

The Associated Press

TORONTO - Mats Sundin responded when the Toronto Maple Leafs needed their captain most.

Sundin scored twice, including the winner, and sparked Toronto to a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 4 Friday, evening their second-round playoff series.

Darcy Tucker also scored and Gary Roberts had two assists for Toronto, which bounced back after losing the first two games at Philadelphia.

Simon Gagne scored for Philadelphia, which continues to look flat, nothing like the team that opened the postseason by winning six of its first seven, including eliminating New Jersey in five games in the first round.

Game 5 is Sunday at Philadelphia, where the Flyers are 5-0.

Toronto goaltender Ed Belfour stopped 28 shots to record his 88th career playoff victory, moving him into a tie for third place with former Islanders great Billy Smith.

The Leafs have won five straight at home, the first time they've done that in one postseason since winning five in a row in 1976.

For Sundin, it was his third game back after missing four with a leg injury, and he had other chances to score, including hitting the crossbar on a breakaway with 20 seconds left in the second period.

Sundin sparked a three-goal rally after Gagne opened the scoring eight minutes in.


First Period-1, Philadelphia, Gagne 3, 7:44. 2, Toronto, Sundin 2 (Roberts, Kaberle), 13:24. Penalties-McCabe, Tor (hooking), 8:04; LeClair, Phi (goalie interference), 8:23; Roberts, Tor (goalie interference), 11:09; Radivojevic, Phi (high-sticking), 16:05; Malakhov, Phi (roughing), 18:12; Primeau, Phi (cross-checking), 18:54.

Second Period-3, Toronto, Sundin 3 (Roberts), 7:45. Penalties-Radivojevic, Phi (roughing), 11:32; Tucker, Tor (roughing), 11:32; Antropov, Tor (roughing), 13:03.

Third Period-4, Toronto, Tucker 2 (McCabe, Leetch), 2:19. Penalties-Ragnarsson, Phi (interference), :18; Mogilny, Tor (boarding), 12:27; Gagne, Phi (goalie interference), 16:16; Domi, Tor (high-sticking), 20:00.

Shots on goal-Phi 1-10-8-29. Tor 15-10-6-31. Power-play Opportunities-Phi 0 of 4; Tor 0 of 6. Goalies-Phi, Esche 6-3 (31 shots-28 saves). Tor, Belfour 6-5 (29-28). A-19,614 (18,800). T-2:22.

Stanley Cup playoffs


(Best-of-7 series)

Wednesday's games

Toronto 4, Philadelphia 1

Colorado 1, San Jose 0;

Sharks lead series 3-1

Thursday's games

Tampa Bay 3, Montreal 1;

Lightning win series 4-0

Detroit 4, Calgary 2;

series tied 2-2

Friday's game

Toronto 3, Philadelphia 1;

series tied 2-2

Today's games

Calgary at Detroit, 3 p.m.

Colorado at San Jose, 3 p.m.

Sunday's game

Toronto at Philadelphia, 4 p.m.

Monday's game

Detroit at Calgary, 10 p.m.


RED WINGS-FLAMES: Calgary forward Ville Nieminen was suspended for one game by the NHL for charging Detroit goaltender Curtis Joseph and will miss Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinal series today in Detroit. The Flames and Red Wings are tied at 2-all in the best-of-7 series. Nieminen charged Joseph with four seconds left in Game 4 on Thursday night in Calgary. Nieminen was assessed a major penalty for charging and a game misconduct.

AVS-SHARKS: The Colorado Avalanche need a victory in Game 5 today to extend their second-round playoff series against the second-seeded San Jose Sharks, who have a 3-1 lead and plenty of confidence playing at home. San Jose is one victory shy of the franchise's first trip to the Western Conference finals.

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