Leafs Make It Four Straight
Saturday, 11.29.2003 / 9:53 PM ET / News
Toronto Maple Leafs
November 27, 2003OTTAWA (AP) -- Bryan McCabe made up for a foolish penalty with the winning goal.
McCabe scored during a two-man advantage in the second period, and the Toronto Maple Leafs held on to beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1 on Saturday night.
Moments after stepping out the penalty box, McCabe beat goalie Patrick Lalime with a shot from the point with Ottawa's Martin Havlat and Radek Bonk serving penalties.
"I took a dumb penalty there. The wires kind of crossed for a second," said McCabe, who was called for roughing Vaclav Varada during a scrum in front of the Toronto net.
"I got out of the box, (Joe Nieuwendyk) did a great job in front screening him -- he didn't see it at all. I just happened to hit the net and get a big goal."'
Rookie Matt Stajan also scored, and Ed Belfour made 24 saves to help the Maple Leafs win their fourth straight game. Jason Spezza scored for the Senators.
Ottawa, which lost for the second straight game and has just one win in its last five, was 7-1 against the Leafs in Ottawa since March 23, 2000.
McCabe scored with 1:25 left in the second period after Havlat (hooking) and Bonk (unsportsmanlike conduct) negated a Senators' power play.
McCabe stepped out of the penalty box in time to join the play and beat Lalime. Bonk, the Senators' top center, spent the remainder of the game on the fourth line.
"Discipline cost us the game," Senators coach Jacques Martin said. "It wasn't a lack of effort. The game was really close. We had more chances than them, but we didn't capitalize. We have to have better discipline and put the team ahead."'
Late in the game, Ottawa had four-minute power play after Leafs defenseman Ken Klee clipped Bryan Smolinski with a high stick. However, the Senators had trouble even generating a shot on goal.
"We battled back and had our chances, but just didn't capitalize," Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson said. "They score at five-on-three and we don't score on our power play. That's the difference."
Havlat hit the crossbar over Belfour's shoulder with two minutes to go, but that was as close as Ottawa could get.
Notes: Stajan has scored two of his three career NHL goals against Ottawa. ... The Leafs left after the game to fly to New York, where they'll face the Rangers on Sunday.