Sundin conjures up memories

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:19 AM ET

Darryl Sitter wasn't worried about his NHL record being in jeopardy.

Honest.

It was just over 30 years ago that Sittler scored six goals and added four assists against the Boston Bruins. That 10-point performance, which came on Feb. 7, 1976, has never been equalled.

But that didn't stop Sittler from being quite impressed last night by the dominance of Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin, who racked up four goals and two assists in a 6-5 overtime victory over the visiting Florida Panthers.

"He was great," said Sittler, who had a bird's eye view of Sundin's spectacular game from his perch in the Leafs box high above the ice surface at the Air Canada Centre.

"He was firing the puck like bee bees. It just so happens some nights they go in.

"The important thing is, we're still alive (for the playoffs)," added Sittler, now an ambassador for the Leafs.

Sundin scored four times on seven shots against Florida goalie Jamie McLennan.

"I remember on my 10-point night I had 10 shots," Sittler said. "Why these things happen, I don't know. Sometimes things just happen."

Sundin registered the most points in a single game by a Leaf since former captain Doug Gilmour also recorded six against the Minnesota North Stars on Feb. 13, 1993.

Fittingly, Gilmour and wife Amy were in their seats at the east end of the Air Canada Centre last night to watch Sundin strut his stuff.

"It was just amazing how Mats played out there," Gilmour said. "He was out there playing to win at all costs."

Gilmour was almost sheepish when asked about his own six point performance of 13 years ago.

"Every time I passed the puck to someone, they would score," he recalled. "That's why all six of my points that night were assists."


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