Leafs Strike On Oilers
November 8, 2003
TORONTO (Ticker) -- Mats Sundin and Robert Reichel simply enjoy playing the Edmonton Oilers.
Sundin continued his recent tear against Edmonton with a goal and an assist and Reichel padded his career numbers vs. the Oilers with a goal as the Toronto Maple Leafs extended their unbeaten streak to four games with a 4-1 victory.
Mats Sundin was all over the ice against the Oilers.
(Graig Abel Photography)
Playing his 696th game as a Maple Leaf to tie Ted Kennedy for 12th on the all-time list, Sundin gave Toronto a 1-0 lead less than eight minutes into the game. He also assisted on the first of Alexander Mogilny's two tallies with two seconds left in the first period.
Sundin has 10 points in his last 10 games against the Oilers.
"If you're giving Sundin and Mogilny premium scoring chances, it's tough," Edmonton captain Jason Smith said. "They're great players. They got chances around the net and they capitalized on them."
Reichel, who has a career-best 50 points vs. Edmonton, made it 3-0 early in the second with his third goal of the season and 100th point with Toronto.
"I've been in the same division the first six years (of my career), played them a lot," said Reichel, who broke into the NHL with Calgary. "I'm just used to their style."
After ending a seven-game goalless drought, Mogilny added an empty-netter to seal the victory.
Belfour made 34 saves and came within 8:54 of tying Roy Worters for 10th place on the all-time shutouts list. The victory was Belfour's 30th against Edmonton, his highest total against any club.
"I'm not sure what it is," Belfour said. "It goes back a long ways. I've always had great success against them."
"He's a great goaltender in this league," Oilers left wing Ryan Smyth said. "He's square to the puck. We had some chances early, but he sees that puck well."
Unbeaten in their previous four games, the Oilers fell behind 7:41 into this one. Sundin got the puck at center ice and skated down the slot before letting go a backhander that beat Tommy Salo to the stick side for his third goal.
With time winding down in the first, Mogilny one-timed a feed from defenseman Bryan McCabe in the right faceoff circle during a two-man advantage for a 2-0 lead.
"Alex and Mats had strong games," Toronto coach Pat Quinn said.
"When they got their chances, they didn't miss."
Just 3:45 into the second, defenseman Ken Klee fired the puck toward the net from the right point. Reichel got his stick on it in the right circle and redirected it between Salo's pads, giving the Maple Leafs a three-goal cushion and chasing the Edmonton goaltender.
"I think we only had four chances and scored three times by the time the middle of the second period came along," Quinn said.
Ty Conklin replaced Salo and stopped all 14 shots he faced, and Smyth drew the Oilers within 3-1 at 11:06 of the third with his fifth goal.
But Mogilny scored into an empty net with 50 seconds remaining to give Toronto a 3-0-1 mark in its last four contests.
"We gave up too many odd-man rushes and with their skill, they're going to capitalize on their chances," Smyth said.