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Leafs' Kaberle, Sundin score in third period

12/21/2002

TORONTO (AP) -- San Jose coach Ron Wilson felt as if a win was
ripped away from the Sharks by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Tomas Kaberle and Mats Sundin scored power-play goals in the
final 10 minutes of the third period as Toronto rallied for a 3-3
tie with the Sharks on Saturday night.

Marco Sturm, Jonathan Cheechoo and Dan McGillis scored for the
Sharks, who lost 9-3 to Ottawa on Thursday night.

"It's frustrating. We should have won,'' Wilson said. "The
Leafs stole a win from us.''

Toronto's Alexander Mogilny made a cross-ice pass to Kaberle,
whose one-timer brought the Maple Leafs within 3-2 at 10:38 of the
third.

Sundin redirected Kaberle's centering pass, tying it with 4:27
left. The goal came after San Jose received a delay of game penalty
for taking too much time before a faceoff.

"It's too bad they tied the game after a call like that,'' San
Jose forward Vincent Damphousse said. "I know they want to improve
the speed of the game, but that's not the way it should be
decided.''

San Jose's Teemu Selanne had a breakaway in overtime, but Ed
Belfour made a sprawling save to preserve the tie. Belfour made 26
saves for the Maple Leafs, who had won eight straight home games. A
ninth win would have tied a franchise record.

"It's nice to get a point,'' Sundin said. "We looked a little
sluggish, but as the game went on we played better.''.

Toronto's defense didn't get back in time as Sturm skated in
alone and flicked a shot over Belfour's shoulder, giving San Jose a
1-0 lead at 7:20 of the first.

Just over a minute later, Cheechoo shot a rebound over Belfour's
glove to make it 2-0.

Nik Antropov crashed the net and put a rebound in, cutting San
Jose's lead to 2-1 at 1:23 of the second.

McGillis' shot from the point on the power play made it 3-1 at
13:44 of the second.

Evgeni Nabokov made 23 saves after surrendering four goals on
nine shots in Thursday's loss.

Game notes
San Jose RW Owen Nolan didn't return after leaving the game
in the third period with a sore back. Wilson said Nolan would play
in San Jose's next game. ... Actor Mike Myers attended the game.
Myers yelled "Come on Toronto!'' into a microphone in the third
period. ... The Sharks are 5-2-0-1 under new coach Wilson. ... The
last time the Maple Leafs won nine in a row at home was Nov.
11-Dec. 26, 1953.