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Toronto, Boston lead Northeast with 99 points

TORONTO (AP) -- Gary Roberts' two-point effort helped the Toronto Maple Leafs get back into first place.

Roberts had a goal and an assist, and the Maple Leafs moved into a tie for first place in the Northeast Division by rallying for a 4-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Monday night.

Toronto is tied with Boston with 99 points. The third-place
Ottawa Senators have 98.

Toronto has more wins than Boston (43 vs. 39), but the Bruins have two games in hand (four games left vs. two left).

"It's just amazing how tight it really is," Roberts said.
"Every day you look at the standings and you go from second to
fourth to sixth. We're going to be doing a lot of scoreboard
watching the next few days."

Toronto started slowly, trailing 2-0 in the first period before
scoring the next four goals.

Maple Leafs goalie Ed Belfour made 22 saves, including several
impressive stops throughout.

Toronto played without Owen Nolan, who will be sidelined at
least three weeks because of a knee injury sustained in Saturday's
tie against Ottawa.

Dany Heatley and Serge Aubin scored for the Thrashers.

"We were aware it was a big game for them, but we have guys
that are fighting for jobs. I can't fault our effort," Atlanta
coach Bob Hartley said.

Heatley, standing alone in front of the net, gave Atlanta a 1-0
lead at 4:47 of the first by batting a rebound out of the air and
past Belfour. Just over a minute later, Aubin scored after getting
to a loose puck before a defenseman or Belfour could.

Brian Leetch got Toronto going by making a pass from behind the
net to Tie Domi, whose one-timer cut it to 2-1 at 13:08 of the
first.

Alexander Mogilny's one-timer tied it with 47 seconds left in
the first. Roberts sent Atlanta defenseman Frantisek Kaberle to the
ice with a check before making a pass from behind the net to
Mogilny.

Roberts gave Toronto the lead after his shot deflected off
Atlanta defenseman Andy Sutton's skate and in at 3:44 of the third.
Nik Antropov made it 4-2 during a power play by putting a rebound
past goalie Pasi Nurminen.

Game notes
The NHL approved the sale of the Thrashers on Monday, and
the new owners expect to take over in the next few days. A nine-man
group headed by Boston businessman Steve Belkin agreed to buy the
Thrashers, the Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena for $250 million
from Time Warner in September. ... Thrashers G Kari Lehtonen won
his first three career starts, allowing four goals, but Hartley started Nurminen. ... Atlanta's Ivan Majesky smiled after
almost scoring into his own net in the first. Nurminen had to make
a sprawling save after a pass hit off Majesky's skate.