NHL Game Summary - San Jose at Toronto |
(Saturday, December 3rd)
Final Score: San Jose 5, Toronto 4
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Patrick Marleau scored a goal and picked up two
assists as the San Jose Sharks defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-4, at Air
Vesa Toskala made 24 saves for the Sharks, who won their second straight game
after ending a 10-game losing streak Friday night in Buffalo. Toskala was
recalled earlier in the day because starting goaltender Evgeni Nabokov left
Friday's win with a groin injury.
Alyn McCauley scored two goals and Joe Thornton picked up two assists and now
has four points in two games since being acquired in a trade with Boston
earlier in the week.
Ed Belfour allowed five goals on 27 shots as Toronto lost for only the second
time in the last five games. With the loss, Belfour remains tied with Terry
Sawchuk for second on the all-time wins list with 447.
Jason Allison scored a goal and added an assist for Toronto in the loss.
With the Leafs up 3-1 in the second period, San Jose used three goals to win
for the first time at Toronto since 1999.
About 5 1/2 minutes into the second stanza, Marleau slipped home a rebound at
the left side of the net after a Thornton shot, getting San Jose back into the
game at 3-2.
The Sharks tied the game at 3-3 after McCauley scored from the slot at 8:51 of
the second period after taking a pass from Marleau along the right boards.
Mark Smith netted a shorthanded goal at 11:46 giving San Jose a 4-3 lead.
Smith skated in all alone on Belfour and let go a wrist shot that beat the
goaltender low on the stick side.
With a two-man advantage in the final period, the Sharks went up 5-3 after
McCauley buried a rebound for his second goal of the game with 5:45 to play.
Allison scored on a wraparound goal at 17:21 getting the Leafs back into the
game at 5-4.
Toronto was unable to tie the game as they pulled Belfour with around a minute
to play, but couldn't generate any scoring chances.
San Jose opened the scoring 4:10 into the contest. Scott Hannan came in from
his point position and Marleau hit him with a pass from the right circle that
Hannan fired past Belfour.
Darcy Tucker evened things up at 1-1 less than two minutes later. Mats
Sundin's wrist shot from the left circle was stopped by Toskala but Tucker
followed up the play, backhanding home the rebound.
The Leafs went up 2-1 after Eric Lindros one-timed home a pass from Alex Steen
on the power play at 9:26.
Matt Stajan gave Toronto a 3-1 edge with his fourth goal of the season. Stajan
darted into the San Jose zone along the right boards and past the defense,
crashing the net attempting to stuff the puck home. Toskala made the save, but
the rebound bounced up and behind him, crossing the goal line at 10:44.
Marleau now has three three-point games on the season...This game was the
first and only meeting of the season between the teams...The Leafs are 9-5-1
at the Air Canada Centre this season...San Jose was 2-of-5 on the power play
while Toronto was 1-of-6 with the man advantage.
12/03 22:25:41 ET