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Leafs Looks To Smother Flames

Tuesday, 18.11.2003 / 10:09 AM / News
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Leafs Looks To Smother Flames
GAME: Toronto Maple Leafs (7-5-5-1) at Calgary Flames (6-8-0-2).

TIME: Tuesday, 9 p.m. EST. A poor performance apparently forced Ed Belfour to the bench for two games.

The Toronto Maple Leafs will likely go back to their No. 1 goaltender when they begin the second stage of a six-game road trip against the Calgary Flames.

Belfour, sixth on the NHL career wins list, gave up five goals on 27 shots Wednesday in a 5-1 loss at Anaheim. He watched from the bench the next night as backup Mikael Tellqvist started in a 4-4 tie against Los Angeles.

Despite allowing four goals on 27 shots, Tellqvist got the call again Saturday and made 25 saves in a 2-2 tie at San Jose.

"I was surprised to get two starts but I will take it," said Tellqvist, unbeaten in four decisions this season (2-0-2). "As long as I am not losing I'm happy."

Mats Sundin scored on the power play and set up Alexander Mogilny's short-handed goal for Toronto, winless through the first three games of the trip in California. The Leafs, 3-1-3 in their last seven overall, remain on the road with their next three games in western Canada.

Sundin wasn't pleased that his team squandered a two-goal lead in the third period and gave San Jose six power plays.

"These are games we should be winning," Sundin said. "It hurts when you give up a point like we did tonight. We're undisciplined. It's tough enough to win in this league if you play at full strength in this league."

Calgary completed a four-game trip Saturday with a 2-1 loss in overtime to the archrival Edmonton Oilers.

Rookie Matthew Lombardi accounted for the Flames' offense with his team-leading sixth goal in the second period. Lombardi has four goals and six points in his last four games.

Calgary, 1-4-0-1 in its last six overall, plays its next six games at home, where it has been shut out in back-to-back contests. The Flames have scored a Western Conference-low 32 goals in 16 games.

With No. 1 goalie Roman Turek still sidelined with a knee injury, the Flames acquired Miikka Kiprusoff from San Jose on Sunday for a second-round draft pick in 2005.

Kiprusoff, who hasn't played this season, is expected to back up Jamie McLennan in this game.
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