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Leafs Fall To Predators

The Toronto Maple Leafs lost to the Nashville Predators, and lost their captain in the process.

The Predators scored four times in the third period for a 4-2 victory Monday night over the Maple Leafs, who learned before the game that Mats Sundin will miss six weeks with a broken right ankle.

Sundin was injured in Saturday's loss at Ottawa when he took a shot off the ankle. At first it was thought to be a bruise, but X-rays Monday revealed the break.

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  • "It's a big loss," linemate Steve Thomas said.

    Rookie David Legwand broke a 2-2 tie with his first NHL goal with 1:03 left in the third period.

    "It's a big goal to get," said Legwand, the Predators' first pick, second overall, in the 1998 entry draft. "It came at a good time to get our first win. Hopefully, there will be many more."

    Robert Valicevic added an insurance goal with 45 seconds left to help the Predators win their first game of the season.

    Vitali Yachmenev, who also had an assist, and Drake Berehowsky also scored for Nashville.

    Jonas Hoglund and Mike Johnson scored for Toronto, which outshot Nashville 39-25.

    "Their goalie was very strong," Toronto coach Pat Quinn said. "(And) that Legwand made a heck of play to score. It was one of those games you shouldn't lose, but we did."

    Todd Warriner filled in for Sundin on the top line, centering Hoglund and Thomas.
    "I didn't feel that good (at center) to be honest with you," said Warriner, who has been on the wing this season. "I haven't played centre in a while, but it'll get better. (However) there are other guys who could fill that job, too."

    Quinn said he plans to call up Nikolai Antropov, the Leafs' 1998 first-round draft pick, from St. John's of the AHL.

    "We may as well give him a try," said Quinn, who also didn't rule out a trade to fill the hole. "He played a lot with Thomas (in preseason), so that may be a real possibility."

    Mike Dunham made 37 saves for Nashville, while Glenn Healy stopped 21 of 25 shots for Toronto.

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