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Thursday, 17.10.2002 / 12:00 AM / News
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TORONTO (Ticker) -- The Toronto Maple Leafs made their first home win of the season a convincing one.

Shayne Corson netted his first two-goal game in a year and Alexander Mogilny collected three assists as the Maple Leafs' power play continued to click in a 5-3 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes.

Corson opened the scoring with 3:16 left in the first period when his centering pass deflected off Coyotes defenseman Paul Mara and trickled under goaltender Brian Boucher. He capped Toronto's three-goal second period and made it 5-1, giving him his first two-goal effort since October 18 at Vancouver.

Shayne Corson scored his first two goals of the year.
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"The main thing is we got the win. But we've got a lot of room to improve as a team," said Corson, whose team was outshot in the third period, 19-3. "I don't think we've put 60 minutes together yet. We have to work at doing that."

With starter Ed Belfour on injured reserve with an infected right thumb, Trevor Kidd stopped 25 shots - including 17 in the third period - for his first win with the Maple Leafs.

Darcy Tucker and defenseman Tomas Kaberle added power-play goals as Toronto improved to 7-for-22 at home with the man advantage.

Defenseman Robert Svehla had the other tally for the Maple Leafs, who ended a three-game losing streak and improved to 1-2 at home.

"It's nice to have the power play operating well," Toronto captain Mats Sundin said. "So far for us, it's been good."

Mara, Landon Wilson and Mike Johnson scored for Phoenix, which fell to 1-2 on a five-game road trip.

"Defensively, we're not picking up checks, we're not picking up guys down low. We've got to get better at that," said veteran right wing Tony Amonte, who has not scored a goal in five games with the Coyotes. "It's simple, it's just hard work and picking up your checks."

Trailing 2-0, the Coyotes pulled within a goal when Danny Markov carried the puck to the bottom of the right circle and drew the defense before dishing to fellow defenseman Teppo Numminen at the right point. Numminen fired a shot that was redirected by Johnson 5:45 into the second.

But Svehla answered 57 seconds later to touch off a three-goal spurt for Toronto. Mogilny did the work, carrying behind the net from right to left before reversing and finding Svehla in front. Svehla slid in the puck to restore the two-goal lead.

"That was a nice play from Alex, I just shot to the net," Svehla said.

Mogilny and Tucker are tied for the team lead with nine points apiece.

Tucker gave Toronto a 4-1 lead when his bad-angle shot from behind the goal line went in off a sliding Numminen.

"We can't win the games the way we've been playing," Numminen said. "We can't run-and-gun, we've got to play defense first, and that's not happening right now. We've got to work harder."
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