Leafs once again booed off their own ice

TORONTO (AP) -- The Toronto Maple Leafs just want their horrible homestand to end.

Oleg Petrov and Richard Zednik each scored twice to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 5-2 victory Saturday night over the Maple Leafs.

"We'd like to get out of the scrutiny here. It's a fishbowl,'' said Tie Domi, whose team is 1-4-1 on its seven-game stretch at home. "It would be nice to get out of the city for a few days and get on the road.''

The Maple Leafs, booed off the ice again, have won just three of their 12 games (3-7-2).

"It's getting more and more puzzling to all of us,'' Domi said. "It hasn't been like this here in a long time.''

Ed Belfour, who hasn't been as good as departed free agent
Curtis Joseph, allowed four goals on 27 shots.

"We need to change something,'' Bryan McCabe said. "We are not
having too much luck here at home. We need some days to regroup.''

The homestand has included losses to the lowly Florida Panthers
and the New York Rangers. Toronto also tied winless Atlanta.

"Our confidence is not what it should be,'' Toronto captain Mats Sundin said.

Jeff Hackett made 30 saves for the Canadiens, who were 0-8-1 at the Air Canada Centre since it opened in 1998. The last time the Canadiens won in Toronto was Dec. 26, 1998, when they beat their Original Six rival 2-1 in their last meeting at Maple Leaf Gardens.

"This has been way, way overdue,'' Hackett said. "It's a tough place to play. They've always had a better team, so it's been tough to get points.''

Petrov gave Montreal a 3-2 lead at 1:01 of the third after Belfour stacked his pads too early. A patient Petrov then fired a shot over Belfour's legs.

Zednik made it 4-2 at 5:00 of the third by shooting the puck
over Belfour's shoulder from the side of the net.

The Maple Leafs then lost their composure. After Domi received
an extra penalty for roughing, Wade Belak later received a roughing
penalty and an extra penalty for mouthing off to the referee.

"You can't have that if you want to win in this league,'' Sundin said.

Andrei Markov added an empty-net goal with 20 seconds remaining.

McCabe's hard slap shot from the point deflected off Hackett's pads to Mikael Renberg, who scored a power-play goal at 1:40 of the second.

Zednik tied it just 18 seconds later, and Petrov gave Montreal the lead 12 seconds after Zednik's goal.

McCabe's one-timer tied it at 2 on the power play at 5:23 of the second.

Hackett started in place of Jose Theodore, who made 36 saves in Friday's 2-2 tie with Carolina.

Game notes
Hall of Fame inductees Roger Neilson, Clark Gillies, Bernie Federko and Rod Langway were honored before the game. They'll be enshrined Monday. ... Toronto's Darcy Tucker sent Bill Lindsay to
the ice during a fight in the second. ... Hackett has started five of Montreal's last seven games. ... The Canadiens improved to 3-1-4 in their last eight games. ... McCabe scored his first goal of the season. He also collected his first assist.