Leafs lose Antropov and Tucker to injuries

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Toronto Maple Leafs couldn't afford to

play overtime. They barely had enough players to finish regulation.

Mikael Renberg celebrates his game-winning goal  in the third period.
Mikael Renberg celebrates his game-winning goal in the third period.

Mikael Renberg scored a power-play goal with 5:39 left, leading

Toronto to a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 1 of

their Eastern Conference quarterfinals series Wednesday night.

Game 2 is Friday night at the First Union Center.

The Leafs, already without centers Doug Gilmour (knee) and

Travis Green (ribs) and defenseman Glen Wesley (ankle), lost center

Nik Antropov to a foot injury, and right wing Darcy Tucker to a leg


"It's frustrating,'' Leafs captain Mats Sundin said. "We've

had our share of injuries the last few years."

Sundin broke his wrist in Toronto's first-round series against

the New York Islanders last season, but the Maple Leafs advanced to

the conference finals where they lost to Carolina in six games.

Toronto coach Pat Quinn said Antropov broke a bone in his foot,

and should be out a while. Tucker is scheduled for an MRI on his

knee on Thursday.

The Flyers dominated the game, outshooting the Leafs 31-15. But

Toronto scored four goals on its first 13 attempts against Roman


Alexander Mogilny had three goals, and Tie Domi also scored for

the Leafs, who have won four straight first-round series.

Eric Desjardins, Donald Brashear and Eric Weinrich scored for

Philadelphia, which has been eliminated in the opening round four

of the last five years.

"Any time you give up 13, 14 shots, you're doing some things

right," Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock said. "The difference was they

scored on the few chances they had."

The series opener was filled with hard hits, near-misses and

even featured goals from both teams' enforcers -- Domi and Brashear.

But Toronto took advantage of the wide-open style, scoring a

short-handed goal on a two-on-one early in the first.

"We are lucky to get this one," Mogilny said.

Philadelphia surpassed its record-low total of two goals in its

five-game playoff loss to Ottawa last year but didn't get any

Wednesday from high-profile players -- Tony Amonte, Jeremy Roenick,

John LeClair, Mark Recchi, Simon Gagne or Keith Primeau.

Instead, they got goals from three players who combined for 18

in the regular season -- Desjardins (8), Brashear (8) and Weinrich


"It's good to go through a little adversity," Roenick said.

"We might as well go through it early."

With Brashear in the penalty box for boarding, Renberg, a former

Flyers player, took a pass from Tomas Kaberle and beat Cechmanek

for the go-ahead goal.

Mogilny scored into an empty net in the final minute to complete

his first playoff hat trick.

Ed Belfour had 28 saves. Cechmanek stopped just 10 shots.

"I played a bad game," Cechmanek said. "I can play a lot

better. I made a lot of mistakes. I have to help my team. It's only

one game so we'll see the next game. I'm surprised we lost."

After falling behind 3-1 early in the second, the Flyers tied it

on goals by Desjardins and Brashear that were 62 seconds apart.

Desjardins took a pass from Sami Kapanen, but his first shot hit

Antropov before bouncing back out to him. Desjardins then skated

inside the right circle and lifted a shot over Belfour's glove.

Brashear's goal, a turnaround slap shot, was his first career

playoff point in 18 games.

Mogilny gave the Leafs a 2-1 lead with 8:50 left in the first

when he slapped a shot from the slot inside the left post.

Domi made it 3-1 early in the second on just his fifth career

playoff goal in 79 games. Domi took a shot as he fell to the ice,

and the puck bounced off Flyers defenseman Kim Johnsson and

underneath Cechmanek's right skate.

The Leafs took a 1-0 lead on Mogilny's short-handed goal 8:10

into the first. Bryan McCabe set up a two-on-one by clearing the

puck from behind Toronto's net. The puck bounced over Kapanen's

stick and went to Mats Sundin, who broke in with Mogilny on Chris

Therien. Sundin carried it down the right side before passing to

Mogilny, who one-timed a shot past Cechmanek.

Weinrich tied it at 1 just 63 seconds later. He lifted a shot

through a screen just under the left crossbar as Philadelphia's

power-play ended.

Toronto, the most-penalized team in the NHL this season, had

seven penalties. The Flyers were 1-for-6 on the power-play and

allowed a short-handed goal.

Cechmanek was 33-15-10 with a 1.83 goals-against average and a

.925 saves percentage in the regular season. He fell to 3-8 in the


"We didn't get a lot of shots, but we did well with the

percentage," Leafs coach Pat Quinn said.

Game notes

Only two players on the Flyers' playoff roster scored

postseason goals last year, and neither player did it for

Philadelphia. Kapanen scored for Carolina and Marcus Ragnarsson had

one for San Jose. Ruslan Fedotenko (Lightning) and Dan McGillis

(Bruins) scored for the Flyers last year. ... Mogilny had two goals

and two assists in four games against the Flyers in the regular

season. ... The Flyers have beaten Toronto in three of four playoff

series, losing in the first round in 1999. ... There were 18,937 at

the First Union Center, a rare non-sellout for a Flyers playoff