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LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 2:40 PM ET


 OFFENCE GONE MISSING

 FOR THE PAST three games in the Battle of Ontario, the Maple Leafs were warned not to rely too heavily on Ed Belfour.

 Now, with Toronto's various foibles allowing the Sens to show Belfour is mortal, they have no choice but to repent in Game 5. In their past eight playoff games, going back to the first-round elimination by the Philadelphia Flyers, Toronto has not scored more than two goals in a game.

 "It's very difficult to generate offence when you spend half the game in the penalty box," winger Alex Mogilny said. "Ottawa's like a well-oiled machine out there. You give them power plays, one after another, and they'll find a way to score."

 Getting similar pressure on Sens goalie Patrick Lalime will take hard work, threading the puck through Ottawa's trap and some finish at the end by a growing number of frustrated Leaf scorers. Gary Roberts has three goals.

 "We've been out-shot and out-chanced in every game, so we're fortunate the series is 2-2," Roberts said. "We have to find a way to get pucks on Lalime."

 POOL SHARK PAT

 Coach Pat Quinn sometimes talks of his pool hall days as a youth and used it in an illustration of the Leafs falling into the Ottawa trap tactics.

 "Sometimes it's not the shot you make, it's what you leave on the table," Quinn said. "If you leave chances for the other team by making the hard shot that's not the percentage play, then the other guy can sit there and run the table on you."

 PHYSICAL GRAFFITI

 Mogilny does not believe the Sens have bettered Toronto in the hitting department.

 "I don't think it was that physical (in Game 4)," he said.

 "You can pound each other as much as you want, but eventually you have to play the game with the little black puck."

 MAPLE LEAFS INJURIES

 Owen Nolan

 Knee, out indefinitely

 Mats Sundin

 Leg, questionable

 Joe Nieuwendyk

 Back, questionable


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