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Belfour stops 21 shots

4/17/2004

TORONTO (AP) -- Earlier this season, Ottawa captain Daniel
Alfredsson guaranteed that the Senators would win the Stanley Cup.
Now, he promises they won't lose to the Toronto Maple Leafs again.

"You haven't seen the last of us yet. We're going to force this
to Game 7 and come in here next Tuesday and win this series,"
Alfredsson said.

Ed Belfour stopped all 21 Ottawa shots and he and the Maple
Leafs shut out the Senators for the third time in the playoff
series, winning 2-0 Friday night.

Toronto leads the best-of-seven series 3-2 and can advance to
the second round by beating Ottawa on Sunday.

Tie Domi and Joe Nieuwendyk scored third-period goals for the
Maple Leafs, who also won Games 2 and 3 by 2-0 scores.

"It's a big win for us, but the job is not done yet," said
Toronto's Matt Stajan, who replaced injured captain Mats Sundin.

The Maple Leafs have eliminated the Senators from the playoffs
three times in four years.

The Senators outshot the Maple Leafs for the fifth straight
game, but couldn't get the puck past Belfour. He recorded his 14th
career playoff shutout despite not having to make any spectacular
saves.

"I didn't think we were very good," Ottawa coach Jacques
Martin said. "We didn't generate enough. I think we were good
before, but not tonight."

Belfour rebounded after allowing four goals in a Game 4 loss and
tied Tampa Bay's Nikolai Khabibulin for the most shutouts in this
year's first round. Fans chanted "Ed-die, Ed-die!" in the final
seconds.

"Mats is a huge player for us and everybody in here knew they
had to step up their game and they did that," Belfour said of
Sundin, sidelined by a leg injury.

Domi, Toronto's enforcer, scored after his rebound deflected in
off the skates of Ottawa forward Bryan Smolinski at 1:43 of the
third.

Nieuwendyk, who missed Game 4 due to a sore back, gave Toronto a
2-0 lead at 15:18 after Ottawa defenseman Zdeno Chara missed a
chance to tie it. After Chara fanned on a one-timer in front of
Toronto's net, Tomas Kaberle skated up ice on a two-on-one before
passing to Nieuwendyk, who scored his third goal of the series.

Ottawa dominated the first period -- outshooting Toronto 7-2.

The Maple Leafs almost scored midway though the second when a
streaking Gary Roberts passed the puck toward the front of the net,
but Ron Francis couldn't get a stick on it.

Ottawa's Marian Hossa skated in on a partial breakaway a few
minutes later, but defenseman Ken Klee caught up to him and slapped
the puck away just as Klee was about to shoot.

Senators forward Vaclav Varada skated in on a breakaway in the
third, after going around defenseman Bryan McCabe, but he lost the
puck before he could get off a shot.

Game notes
Ottawa has outshot Toronto 155-100 in the series. ...
Sundin was injured in the third period of Ottawa's 4-1 win on
Wednesday. He didn't return to the game and hasn't skated since.
"It's tough to hold him down," Domi said. Sundin is third on the
Maple Leafs' career playoff points list with 65. In 78 postseason
contests, Sundin has 32 goals and 38 assists. ... Ottawa C Radek
Bonk limped off the ice after being hit in the leg by a slap shot
in the second period.