Series (Game 2 of 5)

Toronto leads 3-2

Game 1: Friday, November 15th
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Game 2: Saturday, November 30th
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Game 3: Friday, January 24th
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Game 4: Thursday, March 6th
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Game 5: Saturday, March 22nd
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Sabres 1

(4-14-1, 13 pts)

Maple Leafs 3

(11-11-0, 24 pts)

7:00 PM ET, November 30, 2002

Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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A. Mogilny (Maple Leafs - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

E. Belfour (Maple Leafs - G): Saves: 19, Save Pct.: .950

J. Dumont (Sabres - LW): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

Mogilny, Leafs turn back slumping Sabres

TORONTO (AP) -- The Toronto Maple Leafs are convinced their early season slump is over.

Alexander Mogilny

Alexander Mogilny had a goal and two assists as the Maple Leafs beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-1 Saturday night.

Mats Sundin and Robert Svehla also scored for the Maple Leafs, who have won of seven of nine to reach .500 at 11-11-2.

"Crawling out of the hole is not easy, but we are getting it down,'' Mogilny said. "I think we have turned the corner, but I think we're a long way away from being one of the elite teams.''

Fans chanted "Ed-die! Ed-die!'' as Toronto goalie Ed Belfour had another strong game, turning aside 19 shots.

Belfour, who signed with Toronto after Curtis Joseph left for Detroit, has allowed just 14 goals in his last nine games. Belfour had shutouts in three of the previous five games.

"Now the guys are starting to feel that we are going to be fine,'' Toronto coach Pat Quinn said. "There was a while there where we were feeling pretty bleak about where we were.''

Mogilny, who hit the post with a wrist shot in the second period, gave Toronto a 3-1 lead at 6:58 of the third with his team-leading 12th goal. His wrist shot went over goalie Martin Biron's shoulder.

Curtis Brown scored for the Sabres, who have just one win in the last 17 games (1-12-3-1).

"We're going to learn a lot from this, we already have. We have to fight through it,'' Brown said.

Biron allowed three goals on 26 shots.

Svehla took Mogilny's centering pass and misfired on a one-timer before shooting it past Biron, giving Toronto a 1-0 lead at 5:14 of the first.

After Mirsolav Satan shot the puck on Belfour, Brown put the rebound in to tie it at 10:49 of the first.

Sundin, who hadn't scored in seven games, gave Toronto a 2-1 lead on the power play at 2:43 of the second after Mogilny found him alone at the side of the net.

Buffalo's J.P. Dumont thought he scored late in the third period, but the puck rolled down Belfour's back before defenseman Tomas Kaberle cleared it.

Buffalo has been limited to one goal in five of seven games.

^Notes:@ Belfour has started nine straight games. ... Sundin has 10 goals. ... Toronto's Shayne Corson missed his fifth straight game with a pulled groin.

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