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Toronto has 14-game points streak

12/21/2003

TORONTO (AP) -- A lucky goal helped extend Toronto's
franchise-record points streak.

Mats Sundin scored the go-ahead goal with 29 seconds left as
the Maple Leafs registered at least a point for the 14th
consecutive game with a 4-2 victory over with Montreal Canadiens on
Saturday night.

Sundin's wrist shot from the boards deflected off the stick of
Montreal defenseman Francis Bouillon and sailed over goalie Jose
Theodore's shoulder.

"The defenseman put his stick down, and it went right off his
stick and in," Sundin said.

Wade Belak scored Toronto's tying goal in the third period, and
Bryan McCabe added an empty-netter for the Maple Leafs, who are
12-0-1-1 during the streak.

"Sundin's goal is a sign of how good things are going for us,"
Belak said.

Toronto hasn't lost in regulation since Nov. 20 at Edmonton.

Belak, a defenseman known more for fighting, scored his first
goal of the season at 8:31 of the third by skating toward the net
and putting a rebound past Theodore.

Pierre Dagenais had a goal and an assist for the Canadiens, who
had won their previous three games.

"We can call it whatever kind of a goal we want to call it,
whether it's lucky or whatever, but they've been finding ways to
win," Montreal coach Andre Savard said. "For us, it's a tough
break. We deserved a better break."

Dagenais gave Montreal a 1-0 lead on the power play with a slap
shot from the circle at 8:59 of the first. Just as the puck went
in, Toronto's Bryan Marchment sent Dagenais to the ice with a hard
check. Dagenais stayed down for several seconds and didn't do much
celebrating when he got up.

Tucker tied it at 3:10 of the second after Toronto's Owen Nolan
threaded a pass to the side of the net.

Mike Ribeiro put a rebound past Ed Belfour, giving Montreal a
2-1 lead at 1:05 of the third.

After Belak tied it, Montreal's Andreas Dackell missed an open
net midway through the third.

Game notes
Sundin's goal was his 714th point as a Leaf, moving him
past George Armstrong for the fourth most in club history.
... Belak and Montreal's Darren Langdon traded punches in a lengthy
bout in the first. ... The Canadiens beat the Maple Leafs 4-0 in
Toronto's season opener. ... McCabe hit the post with a slap shot
from the point in the second.