Brad Stuart didn't think his hit on Alexander Mogilny was a cheap shot.
Toronto's Alexander Mogilny was knocked out of the game in the
first period with a back injury after being checked into the boards
by Brad Stuart. Mogilny, yelling in pain, remained on the ice for
five minutes before being helped off. He did not return.
A Maple Leafs spokesman said Mogilny did not go to the hospital.
Stuart did not receive a penalty for the check on Mogilny.
However, Toronto's Darcy Tucker received a roughing penalty after
going after Stuart.
Toronto coach Pat Quinn said the check by Stuart was not a clean
"These guys play a tough game. You don't have to be cheap on
top of that, and to me that was cheap," Quinn said. "He got him
off-balance, that's OK, so long as you don't drive him into the
boards after that."
"It should have been called. It's so upsetting."
"I'd like to know why he thinks it's a cheap shot," Stuart
said. "I hit him square. If that's a cheap shot, there's a lot of
cheap shots out there. I wasn't trying to hurt the guy. I was just
Mogilny, who missed three games earlier this month due to back
spasms, has 17 goals and 26 assists.
Stuart believed Quinn's pointed response was based on Mogilny's
"I'm not going to not hit someone because of who they are,"
Jonas Hoglund added a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs,
who have won just three of their last 11 games.
Todd Harvey scored two goals for the Sharks, who are winless in
four games of a five-game road trip (0-3-1)
"We're struggling right now. We need to find a way to get back
on track," Harvey said.
McCabe's one-timer at 13:39 of the second period gave Toronto a
3-1 lead. His wrist shot on the power play made it 4-1 at 1:44 of
the third. McCabe, who has scored 11 goals, had his third two-goal
game of the season.
"Tonight was a better effort," McCabe said. "We're still not
getting the bounces. They got back in it with a couple of cheesy
goals. Hopefully, things will turn around for us. It's a start."
San Jose's Scott Hannon scored at 11:40 of the third, and Harvey
pulled the Sharks within 4-3 at 16:30.
Travis Green converted a backhand pass from Tie Domi at 4:40 of
the first period to give the Maple Leafs a 1-0 lead.
Hoglund scored on a 2-on-1 at 17:01 of the first.
Harvey tipped in a shot by Stuart from the point, cutting
Toronto's lead to 2-1 at 8:06 of the second.
San Jose's Owen Nolan returned to the lineup after missing
three games with a sore back. Nolan assisted on Hannan's goal in
the third. ... The game included two fights. Toronto's Gary Roberts
and Harvey fought in the first, and Domi sent Bryan Marchment to
the ice in the third. Marchment received an additional two minutes
for instigating and a 10-minute minute misconduct. ... Harvey has
six goals. ... ... The Maple Leafs are 6-8-2-1 since Christmas.
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Arena: Air Canada Centre Location: Toronto, Ontario
Referees: Stephane Auger, Kevin Pollock Linesmen: Greg Devorski, Scott Driscoll
Attendance: 19,400 (103.2% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Travis Green (6)
Assists: Tie Domi, Bryan McCabe
Jonas Hoglund (10)
Assists: Mats Sundin, Mikael Renberg