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The return of Toronto's top line returned the Maple Leafs to their winning ways.

Forwards Fredrik Modin, who returned after 14 games with a broken collar bone, and Steve Thomas, out three games with a broken big toe, joined center Mats Sundin to lead the Maple Leafs to a 3-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night.

The victory ended a two-game losing streak for the Maple Leafs.

"It felt pretty good to get this one," said Modin, who scored his first goal since Jan. 4. "My timing wasn't quite there, but scoring a goal felt good."

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  • The Maple Leafs, who were 5-5 in their last 10 games, didn't feel good after watching a slash by Bobby Holik break Igor Korolev's right index finger. Team doctor Michael Clarfield called it "the worst finger injury I've seen in 10 years."

    Holik was given a major and game misconduct 7:21 into the third period. Korolev was taken to a hospital and will probably need surgery to re-align his finger.

    "It was not only fractured, but it looked dented," said Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn. "It was an uncalled for incident and was certainly vicious."

    Maple Leafs goalie Curtis Joseph made 30 saves to record his 30th win of the season. It's the fourth time Joseph has reached that plateau.

    "We came up with a great effort against one of the best teams in the league," Joseph said. "Guys came back from injury and played well tonight."

    The first-year Maple Leaf joined New Jersey's Martin Brodeur (32 wins) and Dallas' Ed Belfour (30) as the only goalies to reach that plateau this season.

    Steve Sullivan and Todd Warriner had the other goals for Toronto

    all of which came in the second period.

    Brendan Morrison scored for the Devils, who ended a four-game winning streak.

    Brodeur made 25 saves for the Devils.

    "(The Maple Leafs) were pretty pumped up about this game and it showe," said Brodeur, who made 25 saves. "They were fast and making plays, and found the back of the net."

    Modin, who suffered his injury in the last game at Maple Leaf Gardens and was making his debut at the Air Canada Centre, scored for Toronto 55 seconds into the second period when he took a give-and-go from Sundin for his 14th goal.

    Sullivan scored his 14th off a cross-ice feed from Mike Johnson.

    "It was a chippy game," Sullivan said. "When you play a team four times in the last 20 games, you get a little rivalry going."

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