Leafs come up short

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:26 AM ET

BOSTON -- The table was set for a Boston tea party for the Maple Leafs last night.

The Bruins were wrapping up three games in four nights, including a road loss the night before, had yet to win a game in the Northeast Division (0-5-1) and were forced to make an emergency switch to rookie goaltender Hannu Toivonen.

But all those favourables, plus five cracks for the National Hockey League's best power play, did not portend a win as the Leafs fell 2-1 at TD Banknorth Garden.

"You'd think we were the team that played and travelled last night," Leafs coach Pat Quinn said. "We were lucky the score was where it was."

On top of Toivonen's 36 saves, the killer was Sergei Samsonov's early third-period goal that gave Boston a 2-0 lead.

"Instead of putting pressure on a team that was fatiguing, we gave up a goal right on our doorstep again," Quinn said.

"I'm getting tired of watching that."

He didn't name Darcy Tucker, but talked of a forward who was stripped at the end of a long shift when his linemates had since left the ice.

"We talk about not gambling when a goal behind," Quinn said. "He can get it out, he can make it safe, he has been out for his full shift."

Defenceman Ken Klee took responsibility on the play, too, deciding to flush Joe Thornton from behind the net to the backhand, leading to a mix-up with Tellqvist and Aki Berg and Samsonov being open.


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