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Sundin's SO goal gives Canucks win against former team

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

eight games.


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