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NHL: Toronto 4, Pittsburgh 2

Nov. 4, 2003 at 11:04 PM   |   Comments

TORONTO, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Owen Nolan collected two assists and Ed Belfour made 22 saves Tuesday to lead Toronto to a 4-2 triumph over Pittsburgh, who played without Mario Lemieux.

In their first home game since Saturday's 7-1 loss to Philadelphia, the Leafs erased any lingering effects from the opening faceoff. They took the first seven shots of the game and scored on two of their 17 first-period shots.

Held without a point in his previous five games, Nolan got things started with a crisp cross-ice pass to defenseman Aki Berg, who scored his first goal of the season just 98 seconds into the contest.

Seven minutes later, Darcy Tucker put his own rebound past rookie goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury to give Toronto a 2-0 lead.

Rookie Ryan Malone halved the deficit with a shorthanded tally midway through the second period. Defenseman Bryan McCabe finished the Leafs' scoring with 7:43 to play.

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