Saturday, April 23, 2005

Baby Leafs tie up the series at 1

ST. JOHN'S (CP) - Matt Stajan scored twice and defenceman Joel Kwiatkowski had three assists as the St. John's Maple Leafs blasted the Manitoba Moose 6-1 to tie the first-round AHL playoff series at one win each Friday night.

Brett Engelhardt, Kyle Wellwood, Jason MacDonald and Brad Leeb also scored for St. John's, while Danny Groulx was the only Manitoba player to get the puck past Mikael Tellqvist.

The series shifts to Winnipeg for games Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Because of a scheduling conflict in St. John's, the sixth and seventh games, if necessary, would be played in Toronto's Air Canada Centre.

The Baby Leafs played gritty hockey from the outset in front of a loud crowd of 4,892 that gave the home side a standing ovation at the final buzzer.

Tellqvist made 27 saves, while the Leafs fired 43 shots at Wade Flaherty.  John Ferguson Jr., GM of the parent Leafs, and his head coach, Pat Quinn, liked what they saw.

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