Maple Leafs 4, Jets 3
TORONTO (AP) _ Newcomer Benoit Hogue had a goal and an assist and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 Saturday night to win for the first time in four games.
Mike Gartner, Mats Sundin and Mike Ridley also scored for the Maple Leafs, who have won three and tied one of the four games against the Jets this season.
Winnipeg’s goals were scored by Ed Olczyk, who was acquired from the New York Rangers on Friday, Teppo Numminen and Kris King.
The game saw forward Tie Domi skate against the team that traded him to Toronto on Friday. Domi, acquired for his toughness, hardly laid a glove on any of his former teammates.
The Maple Leafs jumped to a 2-0 lead early in the first period.
Gartner was alone and he took a pass from Hogue, sent to Toronto by the New York Islanders on Thursday night, to score his seventh goal at 3:46.
Sundin was caught behind the play and his tardiness paid off as he took a point pass from Garth Butcher and beat goalie Tim Cheveldae with a backhander at 8:49.
Olczyk notched his third goal of the season by sweeping a goal-line pass past Damian Rhodes at 16:12.
Just over 30 seconds later, the Maple Leafs were awarded a penalty shot when defenseman Stephane Quintal placed his hand over the puck in the crease. Dave Andreychuk took the shot but Cheveldae won the confrontation with a pad save.
Ridley’s goal was a classic example of hustle. He outraced a Jet forward to a loose puck, squeezed between two defenseman and scored on a low shot at 16:12 of the second period.
Shortly after, the Jets thought they had narrowed the gap when the puck appeared to cross the goal line on a scramble before Rhodes reached out and hauled it back out into the crease.
A replay favored the Maple Leafs, but the ruling became moot at 17:03 when Numminen scored on a slap shot.
Rhodes preserved the win midway through the final period when on a scramble, he reached behind him and scooped the puck out of the crease with his stick.
Hogue clinched the win at 12:18 on a quick shot that beat Cheveldae cleanly for his second point of the night. King rounded out the scoring at 13:20.