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Late heroics propel Thrashers past Leafs

Posted: Tuesday, October 28, 2003

TORONTO Marc Savard and Jeff Cowan scored 24 seconds apart in the third period, and Savard scored again with 15 seconds left in overtime as the Atlanta Thrashers rallied for a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night.

The win came in front of the family of Dan Snyder, the Thrashers player who died Oct. 5 from injuries suffered in a car crash six days earlier. Snyder was from Elmira, Ontario, about 70 miles away.

Savard spoiled Ed Belfour's shutout bid with 8:03 left by redirecting Vyacheslav Kozlov's pass from behind the net. Moments later, Cowan skated from behind the net and scored when his backhand shot went off Belfour's pads and in.

Savard flicked a wrist shot past Belfour for the win.

Tom Fitzgerald scored and had an assist for the Maple Leafs.

Simon Gagne, Tony Amonte, Michel Handzus, and Marcus Ragnarsson also scored goals for the Flyers, who ended a three-game winless streak (0-2-1).

LeClair missed the first seven games of the season after breaking a bone in his left foot in training camp.

The Canadiens, who had won five of six, lost their second straight.

Esche was rarely tested and finished with 20 saves in his first win of the season.



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