Sundin's Four Points Lift Leafs

Pat Quinn did not sound like a coach whose team beat Detroit and Pittsburgh on consecutive nights to improve to 5-1-1.
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  • "We won't win many games playing like we did tonight," Quinn said after the Maple Leafs' 6-4 victory over the Penguins on Saturday night.

    The teams will play again Monday night in Toronto.

    "We better play them a lot differently," Quinn said. "They worked hard and deserved a better result. We're all excited because we've got some points. We got two points tonight and I'm not sure we deserved them."

    Mats Sundin had a goal and three assists for the Maple Leafs, who led 3-1 after the first period.

    "Our start carried us through the rest of the game," Sundin said. "That put Pittsburgh in the position of having to chase us the rest of the game and I think they ran out of gas at the end."

    The Swedish star, who scored his fourth goal of the season on a power play at 1:40 of the first period, has 17 goals and 18 assists in 21 career games against the Penguins. The Maple Leafs are 2-0-1 in their last three games, including a 5-3 victory Friday night at Detroit.

    "Sometimes when you play two in two nights, it's better because you're in a groove," Sundin said.

    Sundin set up Fredrik Modin's tiebreaking goal at 4:32 of the third period. That came less than a minute after Pittsburgh's Martin Straka came out of the penalty box, intercepted defenseman Tomas Kaberle's pass and beat Felix Potvin on a breakaway for his second goal of the game.

    Toronto made it 5-3 at 6:12 of the third, taking advantage of a 2-on-1 that ended with Kaberle scoring off Garry Valk's pass.

    Pittsburgh's Stu Barnes scored with 1:24 left with goalie Peter Skudra off for an extra attacker and Toronto defenseman Sylvain Cote serving a penalty for high-sticking. Kris King complted the scoring with an empty-net goal with 17 seconds remaining.

    After Sundin opened the scoring, Pittsburgh's Bobby Dollas tied it at 6:09 of the first period. Igor Korolev gave the Maple Leafs a 2-1 lead at 10:41 of the first, and Derek King made it 3-1 with 5:43 left in the period.

    Straka scored his first goal of the game at 5:50 of the second period.

    Potvin, the subject of numerous trade rumors following signing of free-agent goalie Curtis Joseph, made 30 saves to improve to 2-0-0.

    "You don't know what is true and what is not," Potvin said. "I'll just have to wait and see what happens."

    Skudra made his second consecutive start with Tom Barrasso sidelined by a groin injury.

    "With average goaltending, we would have gotten the two points, for sure," Skudra said.

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