May 05, 2001Leafs Win 3-2, Lead Series 3-2
The Toronto Maple Leafs won Game 5 of their round 2
best of seven series against the New Jersey Devils, in New Jersey,
Saturday, April 5, 2001. With this loss, the Devils now
trail the Leafs in the series, 3 games to 2. The Devils
will have to win both game 6 + 7 to advance to the Eastern
Scott Niedermayer was out of the game due to the
concussion he received from the unprovoked Tie Domi elbow in Game
4 of the series. Sergei Brylin also missed game 5 due to a
bruised knee. Ken Sutton was in the lineup for Niedermayer
and Jim McKenzie was in for Brylin, though McKenzie did not get
much ice time, a total of 1:49 in the game.
Things became a bit chippy about 8 minutes to the game.
Scott Gomez and Scott Stevens both were called for roughing (no
coincidental Leaf penalties). Bryan McCabe scored the first
goal of the game on the Toronto 5-3 power-play.
At the end of the first period, the Maple Leafs led
Cory Cross scored the second goal of the game for
Toronto, at 4:33 in the second period. at this point, the
Leafs lead 2-0.
The Devils' Patrick Elias scored a goal at 5:58 in the
second but referee Bill McCreary disallowed the goal penalizing Jason
Arnott for goaltender interference. This goal should have
counted, as it was apparent both to the fans in the stands and on the
replay that Arnott barely touched him, and may have been pushed.
Still in the second period, at 12:43, Petr Sykora scored
the Devils first goal of the game to cut the Leafs lead to 1 goal (now
2-1 Leafs). Patrick Elias got an assist ont the goal.
At 16:50 in the second, Jason Arnott scored for the
Devils to tie the game 2-2. Petr Sykora and Brian Rafalski got
assists on the goal.
The second period ended with the game tied 2-2.
The third period was played a bit more cautiously - no
penalties were called on either team, and the Devils only got 7 shots
after getting 17 in the second. Toronto's Tomas Kaberle scored
the game winning goal with only 30 seconds left in regulation time.
The goal was controversial because Martin Brodeur was
interfered with. The referee on the scene was Bill McCreary
again. Again he ruled in favor of the Leafs, saying that this
goal was good, because Colin White of the Devils pushed Shayne Corson
into Brodeur. This supposed push was no more than the one to
Jason Arnott earlier in the game. It's too bad the game had to
end this way, Marty never had a chance to stop the puck - he couldn't
see it. Before it happened, it appeared the game would be
decided in overtime.
All of Toronto's goals came from defensemen.
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