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Maple Leafs 4, Devils 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Maple Leafs 4, Devils 2
New Jersey Devils 2, Toronto Maple Leafs 4

TORONTO (AP) - Ed Belfour showed he can still play despite his age and recent struggles.

Belfour made 36 saves, Alex Ponikarovsky scored twice and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the New Jersey Devils 4-2 Saturday night for just their second victory in 12 games.

Belfour looked shaky early in the third, allowing John Madden to score on weak wrist shot. But the 40-year-old goalie hung on to win for only the second time in his last 11 starts.

Fans chanted "Eddie! Eddie!" when Belfour made a couple of impressive stops in the second period, including a penalty-shot save on Viktor Kozlov.

"Eddie certainly gave us a chance to win. In the second period he was awesome," Toronto captain Mats Sundin said.

Belfour said he isn't concerned about his heavy workload or his age.

"I'm not worried about that. My whole career I'm used to playing a lot of games," said Belfour, who is 20-18-3.

Tomas Kaberle and Chad Kilger also scored for the Maple Leafs, who were mired in their worst stretch of hockey since winning three times in a 24-game span from Jan. 11 to March 8, 1996.

Toronto jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first 12 minutes as Ponikarovsky scored his 13th and 14th and Kaberle tallied on a two-man advantage.

Brian Gionta and John Madden scored within 35 seconds of each other in the third period, but the Devils couldn't tie it.

"Eddie played extremely well. He was the biggest difference in the game," Madden said.

Martin Brodeur had 15 saves for New Jersey.

Ponikarovsky scored 33 seconds into the game by backhanding a rebound past Brodeur.

Kaberle's one-timer on a two-man advantage made it 2-0 at 9:49. Less than 2 minutes later, Ponikarovsky passed the puck from the boards toward the net. It deflected off a New Jersey player and past Brodeur.

Gionta tipped a slap shot on a power play just 33 seconds into the third. Madden quickly followed with his wrist shot, cutting the lead to 3-2.

Kilger added an empty-netter with 44 seconds left.

Notes: The Devils had a scary takeoff from New Jersey when their plane had to employ the emergency brakes after it couldn't completely get off the ground. "It was a scary 5 or 6 seconds," Brodeur said. ... Toronto defenseman Ken Klee missed the game with an ankle sprain. ... Toronto forward Eric Lindros (torn wrist ligament) isn't expected back before the Olympic break as originally hoped. Lindros declined surgery, and his wrist hasn't healed as well as he had hoped. ... New Jersey's Jamie Langenbrunner had two assists.

scoring summary
1st Period
00:33
TOR
Alexei Ponikarovsky (13) ASST: Nik Antropov (9)
1 - 0 TOR
09:59
TOR
PPG - Tomas Kaberle (6) ASST: Jason Allison (36), Bryan McCabe (35)
2 - 0 TOR
11:12
TOR
Alexei Ponikarovsky (14) ASST: Jason Allison (37), Tomas Kaberle (37)
3 - 0 TOR
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
00:28
NJD
PPG - Brian Gionta (31) ASST: Jamie Langenbrunner (25), Brian Rafalski (27)
3 - 1 TOR
01:03
NJD
John Madden (9) ASST: Jamie Langenbrunner (26), David Hale (2)
3 - 2 TOR
19:15
TOR
EN - Chad Kilger (11) ASST: Nik Antropov (10), Andy Wozniewski (1)
4 - 2 TOR
penalty summary
1st Period
02:18
TOR
Wade Belak  Holding against  Tommy Albelin
08:12
NJD
Brian Gionta  Tripping against  Nik Antropov
09:00
NJD
Paul Martin  Delaying Game - Puck over glass
2nd Period
19:09
TOR
Alexei Ponikarovsky  Holding against  Colin White
3rd Period
03:51
TOR
Clarke Wilm  Delaying Game - Puck over glass
14:14
NJD
Scott Gomez  Roughing against  Mats Sundin
14:14
TOR
Mats Sundin  Roughing against  Scott Gomez
19:54
NJD
David Hale  Cross checking against  Nik Antropov
goalie stats
Martin Brodeur
Martin Brodeur
SA: 18TOI: 59:35
Saves: 15EV: 15 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .833SH: 0 - 0
Ed Belfour
SA: 38TOI: 60:00
Saves: 36EV: 33 - 34
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .947SH: 0 - 0
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