Knocked Sens-less

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:58 AM ET

OTTAWA -- Pat Quinn defended staunchly his goaltender last night but sounded as though he wanted to throw the rest of the Maple Leafs into the Rideau Canal.

An undisciplined Leafs club was short-handed a season-high 11 times and allowed six power-play goals, one less than the franchise record, in a horrible 8-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators.

In their first meeting since their provincial rivals crushed them 8-0 at the Air Canada Centre on Oct. 29, the Leafs decided to show the record crowd of 19,935 at the Corel Centre they are capable of smelling as badly on the road.

Though a weary Belfour allowed eight goals on 43 shots in his fifth consecutive loss, Quinn said he is not concerned about his 40-year-old No. 1 goalie.

"What's the goaltender supposed to do?" Quinn said.

"Play defence, get the puck and do all the other stuff too? I'm not sure I would like to play goal for this team (last night). You miss a lot of plays like we did and we get the result we got."

Earlier in the week, Leafs captain Mats Sundin spoke of the game as one which would be a good test for his team.

Now he knows.

Report Card

F Forwards: Even when the Maple Leafs were not short-handed, they did very little to test Dominik Hasek.

F Defence: The Leafs allowed 43 shots, their second-highest this season.

F Goaltending: Belfour says he does not need rest, but after a week off, did not look good. Maybe his groin was bothering him.


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