TORONTO (Ticker) — Mats Sundin could not have scripted the
story any better in his return to Toronto.
The former Maple Leaf netted the game-winning goal in the
shootout against his former team to lift the Vancouver Canucks
to a 3-2 victory over Toronto on Saturday.
Sami Salo scored on the power play, Alexandre Burrows also
tallied and Henrik Sedin recorded a pair of assists for the
Canucks, who have won four in a row and eight of nine overall.
In his first game in Toronto since signing with Vancouver
earlier this season, Sundin broke a 1-1 tie in the bonus format,
beating Vesa Toskala with a backhander in the final round to
clinch the win.
The 38-year-old Sundin spent the previous 13 seasons with the
Maple Leafs and is the team’s all-time leader in goals (420) and
points (987). It was an emotional return to the Air Canada
Centre as the Swede received a standing ovation during a tribute
in the first period as well as after he scored the clinching
Jason Blake and Matt Stajan had the goals for Toronto, which
lost the final three games of its four-game homestand.
Burrows extended his point-scoring streak to four games when he
tied the contest with 3:57 remaining in the third period.
Henrik Sedin found twin brother Daniel at the point and Burrows
tipped his shot past Toskala, who made 35 saves on the night.
After Blake put Toronto ahead with his 22nd goal of the season
in the first period, Salo netted a power-play tally to knot the
contest at 1-1 midway through the second.
Stajan’s goal while the Maple Leafs were shorthanded gave them
the lead again with 3:49 to go in the second.
Each team had a chance to score in the final minute of overtime,
but Roberto Luongo stoned Stajan on a 2-on-1 break and Toskala
returned the favor by stopping Daniel Sedin on another odd-man
Luongo made 36 saves to extend his personal winning streak to