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game recap

Maple Leafs 5, Canadiens 3

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:25 AM

Associated Press

TORONTO (AP) - Toronto's best players stepped up in a game the Maple Leafs couldn't afford to lose.

Tomas Kaberle had a goal and three assists to help the Maple Leafs end a five-game losing streak and keep their playoff hopes alive with a 5-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.

Mats Sundin scored twice, and Kyle Wellwood and Jason Allison also scored power-play goals for the Maple Leafs, who were in danger of dropping 10 points behind Montreal for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

"We all know we have to win a lot more games. This is certainly a start," Sundin said.

After Toronto lost its fifth straight Saturday night, coach Pat Quinn said this game was as important as a Stanley Cup game.

Kaberle finished with a career-high with four points, and Sundin scored his 12th and 13th goals of the season.

"It was a four-point game for us," Kaberle said.

Ed Belfour played one of his better games, finishing with 30 saves. Fans chanted "Eddie! Eddie!" after some of the 40-year-old goalie's more impressive saves.

"It's do or die," Belfour said.

Toronto was 4-for-11 with the man advantage.

Richard Zednik, Andrei Markov and Christopher Higgins scored for the Canadiens, who were playing their fourth road game in six days. They lost to Philadelphia in a shootout on Monday night.

"I don't know what the other guys felt but I'm sure they were tired," Montreal's Alex Kovalev said. "Playing two games in a row and killing penalties is definitely tough."

Zednik streak toward the net almost untouched before redirecting Radek Bonk's centering pass past Belfour at 5:07 of the first.

But Kaberle tied it less than 2 minutes later with a one-timer.

Montreal had a two-man advantage and Michael Ryder had an open the side of the net, but Kaberle prevented Ryder from scoring by blocking the puck with his stick.

Belfour also robbed Ryder of a goal with an impressive save.

"Eddie was good. He made some big stops for us early in the game for us," Quinn said. "He was the difference."

Montreal received seven straight penalties at one point, including six in row in the second period.

Sundin scored just his second goal in his last 15 games with a one-timer from the boards on the power play at 1:35 of the second.

Toronto couldn't capitalize again with the man advantage until Wellwood's one-timer beat goalie Christobal Huet with 3:54 left in the second.

Markov cut it to 3-2 on the power play with a shot with 0.6 seconds left in the second.

But Toronto scored two power-play goals in third. In trying to clear the puck from behind his net, Huet passed it to Allison, who scored into an open net at 6:34.

Sundin made it 5-2 just over a minute later.

Higgins cut it to 5-3 at 11:40 on another power play.

Notes: Kaberle assisted on both of Sundin's goals. ... The previous five meetings this season between Toronto and Montreal were decided by one goal.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:07
MTL
Richard Zednik (14) Snap shot - ASST: Radek Bonk (13), Jan Bulis (17)
1 - 0 MTL
06:45
TOR
Tomas Kaberle (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Darcy Tucker (17), Bryan McCabe (38)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
01:35
TOR
PPG - Mats Sundin (12) Slapshot - ASST: Tomas Kaberle (40), Darcy Tucker (18)
2 - 1 TOR
16:06
TOR
PPG - Kyle Wellwood (10) Slapshot - ASST: Tomas Kaberle (41), Alexander Steen (19)
3 - 1 TOR
19:59
MTL
PPG - Andrei Markov (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Saku Koivu (30), Sheldon Souray (20)
3 - 2 TOR
3rd Period
06:34
TOR
PPG - Jason Allison (11) Snap shot - ASST: Darcy Tucker (19)
4 - 2 TOR
07:45
TOR
PPG - Mats Sundin (13) Slapshot - ASST: Tomas Kaberle (42), Jason Allison (40)
5 - 2 TOR
11:40
MTL
PPG - Chris Higgins (13) Snap shot - ASST: Francis Bouillon (15), Craig Rivet (24)
5 - 3 TOR
penalty summary
1st Period
05:24
MTL
Mike Komisarek  Roughing against  Ben Ondrus
05:24
TOR
Ben Ondrus  Roughing against  Mike Komisarek
07:51
MTL
Richard Zednik  Interference against  Mats Sundin
12:48
TOR
Jeff O'Neill  Slashing against  Mike Ribeiro
13:47
TOR
Aki Berg  Hooking against  Saku Koivu
19:42
MTL
Mike Komisarek  Boarding against  Matt Stajan
2nd Period
03:17
MTL
Jan Bulis  Hooking against  Matt Stajan
06:50
MTL
Sheldon Souray  Interference against  Darcy Tucker
06:50
MTL
Alexander Perezhogin  Hooking against  Jason Allison
08:27
MTL
Andrei Markov  Hooking against  Jason Allison
11:16
MTL
Saku Koivu  Cross checking against  Ben Ondrus
15:45
MTL
Andrei Markov  Hooking against  Darcy Tucker
16:43
TOR
Aki Berg  Interference against  Aaron Downey
18:59
TOR
Bryan McCabe  Interference against  Mike Ribeiro
3rd Period
05:57
MTL
Mike Komisarek  Hi-sticking against  Tie Domi
05:57
MTL
Mike Komisarek  Hi-sticking against  Tie Domi
09:54
TOR
Tomas Kaberle  Hooking against  Mike Ribeiro
14:39
MTL
Michael Ryder  Hooking against  Alexander Steen
goalie stats
Cristobal Huet
Cristobal Huet
SA: 34TOI: 59:25
Saves: 29EV: 12 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 16 - 20
SV%: .853SH: 1 - 1
Ed Belfour
SA: 33TOI: 59:48
Saves: 30EV: 19 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 12
SV%: .909SH: 1 - 1
Mikael Tellqvist
SA: 0TOI: 0:01
Saves: 0EV: 0 - 0
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: SH: 0 - 0
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