Three former Leafs score for Blackhawks

TORONTO (AP) -- The Toronto Maple Leafs were beaten by three of

their former players.

Nathan Dempsey, Steve Sullivan and Bryan Berard all scored

against their former team, and Craig Anderson made 43 saves to lead

the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-1 win over the Maple Leafs on Tuesday


"It's sweet," said Dempsey, who was allowed to leave as a free

agent after the 2001-02 season. "Coming back here after two years,

I wanted this one pretty bad."

Sullivan added two assists for the Blackhawks, winners of just

two of their last 22 road games.

Toronto outshot Chicago 44-15, but Anderson made several

spectacular saves throughout. He had 21 saves in third period and

improved his record to 2-12 this season.

"This is the best game I've ever played," Anderson said. "To

come in here and take two points from the Toronto Maple Leafs is a

dream come true. Toronto and Chicago were my two favorite teams as

a kid."

Toronto backup goalie Trevor Kidd struggled in place of Ed Belfour, who missed the game because of a tight lower back.

Mikael Renberg scored the lone goal for the Maple Leafs, who

might have looked past Chicago in anticipation of playing the rival

Ottawa Senators on Thursday. Toronto beat Ottawa 5-1 Saturday in

fight-filled game.

Toronto's Darcy Tucker didn't think the Leafs looked past Chicago.

"We didn't play that bad. We had a lot of shots," Tucker said.

"They had a lot of guys that used to play here. You knew they were

going to play hard. They played a gritty game."

Tucker, returning after missing almost three weeks with an eye

injury after being high-sticked, wore a visor.

Dempsey, who spent parts of four seasons with Toronto, scored on

a one-timer with less than a minute left in the first period.

Chicago scored three goals in the second to put the game out of


Sullivan, waived by Toronto early in the 1999-00 season, tipped

a shot past Kidd at 7:02, and Mark Bell scored on a 2-on-1 after

Sullivan made a nice centering pass. Berard, who left Toronto as a

free agent after a serious eye injury, made it 4-0 with a slap shot

at 16:34.

Anderson stopped Gary Roberts on a breakaway in the second and

made two spectacular glove saves during Toronto's two-man advantage

in the third.

"The puck looked like a beach ball," Anderson said. "It's

nice to see. I work so hard."

Game notes

The Blackhawks have the next six days off. ... Sullivan had

five points in the last two games, and he leads Chicago with 27

assists and 41 points. ... Renberg returned after missing two games

with a recurring hamstring injury. ... Toronto

center Joe Nieuwendyk is day-to-day with a rib cage injury.