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With players scrambling around the net, somebody forgot to cover defenseman Sylvain Cote.

He took advantage, scoring at 7:15 of the third period to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames Monday night.

Cote drifted in from the point to take a centering pass from behind the net from Fredrik Modin and beat rookie goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere for his third goal of the season.

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  • "Everybody was converging towards the net, trying to protect the slot," Cote said. "I was lucky enough to come by and just put it in."

    Steve Thomas and Derek King also scored for Toronto, which won its fourth straight home game. The Maple Leafs remained first in the Northeast Division by three points over Ottawa, which beat Vancouver 4-3.

    Valeri Bure and Cory Stillman scored for Calgary, which lost its third straight game -- all on the road.

    The Flames exerted pressure in the final minutes, and Maple Leafs goalie Curtis Joseph foiled close-in chances by Andrew Cassels and Jeff Shantz. The Maple Leafs outshot the Flames 33-29.

    "Curtis Joseph saved the game for them in the third period," said Flames defenseman Phil Housley, who had two assists. "Give Toronto credit -- they're a good team. "

    "They have good speed, they play a good transition game. That explains why they're in the good position they're in."

    Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn was happy with the two points, but less than satisfied with his team's effort.

    "We didn't look like we worked real hard out there," Quinn said. "We had a bunch of guys who didn't move their feet a lot and didn't seem like they were very sharp. "/b>

    "Every time we turned around, Calgary was taking the play away."

    It was 1-1 after one period and 2-2 after two. Toronto's Mike Johnson beat Giguere at 4:30 of the third period but video replay showed teammate Igor Korolev had both feet in the crease so the goal was disallowed.

    Calgary went ahead 2-1 at 13:54 of the second period when Stillman banged home his sixth goal off a rebound. The Maple Leafs tied it two minutes later when Yannick Tremblay's shot from the point was deflected by King. The goal was King's sixth in 10 games

    Thomas opened the scoring by converting a pass by Mats Sundin from behind the net at 8:12 on a power play. Toronto, with the worst power-play efficiency rating in the league entering the game, went 2-for-6 with manpower advantages.

    Bure made it 1-1 at 14:58 when his drive from the point on a power play found the top corner behind Joseph.

    "It wasn't one of our prettiest games, but it's nice to win those," Cote said. "Had we lost that game, you guys (media) would have been all over us - with good reason, too."

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