Series (Game 1 of 1)

Toronto leads 1-0

Game 1: Tuesday, January 29th
Maple Leafs4

Sharks 3

(25-17-3, 60 pts)

Maple Leafs 4

(27-17-4, 63 pts)

Coverage: TSN

7:30 PM ET, January 29, 2002

Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

1 2 3 T
SJ 0 1 23
TOR 2 1 14

Top Skaters

San Jose: T. Harvey - 2 G, 3 SOG, +2

Toronto: B. McCabe - 2 G, 1 A, 6 SOG, Even

Mogilny knocked out with back injury

TORONTO (AP) -- The Toronto Maple Leafs' latest victory came at a high price.

Bryan McCabe had two goals and an assist to lead the Maple Leafs to a 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.

Alexander Mogilny

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 hit.

"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."

Stuart disagreed.

"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 playing physical."

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 star status.

"I'm not going to not hit someone because of who they are," Stuart said.

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.

Game notes
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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