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May 05, 2001
Leafs 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 Conference Finals.
    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 1-0.
    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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