Maple Leafs Down Sharks


Yanic Perreault and the Toronto Maple Leafs got back on track at the expense of the struggling San Jose Sharks.

Perreault scored two goals to end an 11-game scoring drought as Toronto beat San Jose 4-2 on Monday night to snap a five-game winless streak. San Jose is 1-4-1 in its last six games.

"I've been struggling to get some goals the last few games," Perreault said. "Tonight was good for my confidence. This was a big win for us and, hopefully, we can build on it."

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  • Jonas Hoglund and rookie Nik Antropov also scored for the Maple Leafs, who moved into a tie with Ottawa, Los Angeles and Detroit for the overall NHL lead with 26 points.

    "I am happy to get my first goal," Antropov said. "Especially because it helped win a big game."

    Curtis Joseph stopped 28 shots, including several in the final minutes of regulation with Toronto playing two men short.

    "We had a bad stretch and we needed a `W' for confidence sake," Joseph said. "It's a satisfying victory, especially against a team like San Jose."

    Bryan Berard added two assists for the Maple Leafs.

    Vincent Damphousse and Mike Ricci scored for San Jose, and Steve Shields made 14 saves.

    "I didn't make any saves tonight," said Shields, who has supplanted Mike Vernon as the starting goalie. "All the goals were probably preventable. I've stopped those before."

    Hoglund, who had just eight goals last season for Montreal, scored his 10th of this season to give the Leafs a 3-2 lead with 5:10 left in the second period.

    "I think they scored a weak goal," San Jose coach Darryl Sutter said of the game-winner. "I though we played pretty well. It was an exciting game, but their goalie played better than ours."

    Perreault added an insurance goal with 5:11 left in the third period.

    The teams combined for four goals in a wide-open first period.

    Damphousse took a pass from Owen Nolan in the high slot and ripped the puck past Joseph at 3:48. Perreault replied with his first of the game just 36 seconds later.

    Antropov gave Toronto a 2-1 lead at 9:53 when he held off San Jose's Stephane Matteau and lifted the puck over Shields.

    Less than two minutes later, Ricci tied it when Joseph was caught out of position after blocking Jeff Friesen's shot.

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