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Maple Leafs 3, Kings 2

January 30, 2000

TORONTO (AP) _ Steve Thomas scored two goals, including the winner with 19 seconds left, as the Toronto Maple Leafs rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 Saturday night.

Bryan Berard and Thomas scored 90 seconds apart early in the third period to tie the game, then teamed up for the decisive goal. Berard’s wrist shot from the point was deflected by Thomas past goalie Stephane Fiset.

After getting booed by their fans at various stages of the first and second periods, the Leafs came out strong in the third.

Igor Korolev found Berard behind the Kings’ defense and Berard skated in alone on Fiset and beat him with a deke to the backhand at 5:02 for his third goal.

Thomas tied it at 6:32 when he flipped a Mats Sundin pass over Fiset.

Bryan Smolinski and Jere Karalahti scored in the first period for the Kings.

Los Angeles outshot Toronto 31-21 and the Leafs were 0-for-4 on the power play.

Smolinski opened the scoring 4:11 in when his attempted pass across the slot to Jason Blake deflected off Toronto defenseman Tomas Kaberle’s stick past Curtis Joseph.

Los Angeles went ahead 2-0 at 13:36 on a power play when Karalahti’s slap shot from the point went through a screen created by Blake. Karalahti, a 24-year-old rookie, has three goals and nine points in 16 games since joining the Kings from Finland. He missed the first month of the season waiting for visa problems to be rectified.

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