TORONTO – Mats Sundin scored a power-play goal at 1:29 of overtime to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 4-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.

Montreal’s Craig Rivet was called for tripping Nik Antropov at the end of regulation, giving Toronto the man advantage in overtime.

Sundin took advantage. After his pass from the side of the net deflected off a Montreal player and back to him, Sundin put a quick shot past goalie Jose Theodore.

Montreal’s Tomas Plekanec tied it at 3 with 4:49 left in the third, beating Ed Belfour with a wrist shot off a passing play with Michael Ryder.

Jeff O’Neill, Jason Allison and Chad Kilger also scored for the Maple Leafs, who have won 10 of their last 13 against their Original Six rival.

Games between Toronto and Montreal are among the most widely watched games in Canada. They’ve been featured there other times this season on CBC’s “Hockey Night in Canada.”

Mike Ribeiro Alexander Perezhogin also scored for the Canadiens, who have lost four of their last five games,

Theodore fell to 4-11-3-1 in his career against Toronto.

Both teams were coming off losses Friday night.

Toronto outshot Montreal 16-7 in the first period and scored twice. Allison put a rebound past a sprawled Theodore at 5:35 of the first.

After a Montreal turnover in Toronto’s end, Kilger skated up the ice before passing it off and scoring on a rebound with a backhanded shot at 16:59 of the first.

Ribeiro cut it 2-1 with a wrist shot that went between goalie Ed Belfour’s pads at 7:18 of the second, and Perezhogin tied it by tipping Andrei Markov’s shot from the point at 11:00 of the second.

But Toronto captain Mats Sundin faked a shot before threading a pass to O’Neill, whose backhand shot from in front gave Toronto the lead at 16:33 of the second.

Theodore robbed Tomas Kaberle of goal with a sprawling glove save a couple of minutes later.

Fans chanted “Eddie! Eddie!” after Belfour made a couple of impressive saves in the third.

Notes: Toronto avoided a three-game losing streak. … Toronto’s Darcy Tucker missed his second straight game to be with his wife, who is expecting a child. … Toronto’s Staffan Kronvall left the game after straining a knee in the second. … Since losing their first two home games, the Maple Leafs are 9-3-0 at the Air Canada Centre.

AP-ES-11-26-05 2148EST


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