NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Toronto
(Monday, December 26th)
Final Score: Toronto 2, New Jersey 1
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Bryan McCabe netted the game-winning goal and Ed Belfour outdueled Martin Brodeur to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs past the New Jersey Devils, 2-1, at Air Canada Centre.
Mats Sundin also scored for Toronto, which has now won four of its last six games.
Belfour allowed just one goal on 34 shots faced for the Maple Leafs, who have won four straight games at home.
"It's great to get a win against Brodeur," said Belfour, who also earned his 450th career victory. "He is such a great competitor you always have to play your best against him."
Brodeur, meanwhile, allowed two goals on 27 shots faced for the Devils, who have lost five of their last six games and nine of their last 11. John Madden scored the lone goal for the Devils, who fell to 1-3-0 since Lou Lamoriello took over as coach.
New Jersey drew first blood 3:59 into the first on Madden's sixth goal of the year after a scramble in front.
Toronto would hold the lead by the end of the first however and made it last.
Sundin's seventh goal of the season tied the game at 1-1 with 6:25 left after Sundin took a pass from Tie Domi in the slot and tipped it past Brodeur's right side.
"Tie made a great play on that goal," said Sundin. "I've been waiting for my scoring touch to come back."
Toronto went up for good on a 5-on-3 power play after McCabe connected from the high slot with 3:40 remaining in the first.
Toronto unleashed 13 shots to New Jersey's five in the second period, but the frame would end without a goal being scored. Each team also had two power-play chances, but the score remained a 2-1 Toronto edge.
New Jersey had five minutes of a 5-on-4 man advantage in the stanza after a double-major on Darcy Tucker for fighting and head butting. However, the Devils could not convert.
The Devils continue to struggle on the man advantage, scoring just five goals in their last 103 attempts. New Jersey was 0-for-6 in this game.
New Jersey did all it could in the third, firing 18 shots Belfour's way, but the netminder stood tall to lead his team to victory.
Toronto is now 11-0-1 when leading after two periods...This was the first of four meetings between the teams this season...Toronto finished 1-for-6 on the power play...Tucker picked up an assist on McCabe's goal and now has a four- game point streak...Brodeur allowed two goals on eight shots in the first, but stopped 19 shots over the next two frames.
12/26 23:41:22 ET