Leafs' goal-getters are sapped

LANCE HORNBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:48 AM ET

GLENDALE, Ariz -- This hasn't been a November to remember for the Maple Leafs offence.

No longer do the players preface their answers about the club's overall woes by saying: 'At least we know we can put the puck in the net.'

The points production of first liners Mats Sundin and Alexei Ponikarovsky and the top defensive pairing of Tomas Kaberle and Bryan McCabe surpasses the whole team so far this month, 31-28, while the team's record is 3-6-2 .

And when Sundin's points streak ended on Saturday night against the Phoenix Coyotes, only Kyle Wellwood stepped up with his fourth of the month.

"We win when we have all four lines going," Sundin said on Saturday.

Darcy Tucker -- likely will be back with new linemates Jason Blake and Wellwood at practice today, while Nik Antropov, who returns to first-line duty -- was irritated by suggestions the offence is letting down the side at a crucial time.

"We did have some chances," he said of the 5-1 loss to the Coyotes. "First our defence isn't good enough. Now people are writing that we can't score goals."

Wellwood and Boyd Devereaux are the only multi-goal forwards other than Sundin and Ponikarovsky this month heading into tomorrow night's home game against Montreal.


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