|TOR||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||1|
|MIN||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||0|
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Ed Belfour bailed out the Toronto Maple Leafs in their first trip to Minnesota in 10 years.
Belfour stopped 28 shots for his third shutout of the season, and Tom Fitzgerald scored to lead Toronto to a 1-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night.
"They had a lot of offense because we weren't as good with the puck as we needed to be," Leafs coach Pat Quinn said. "If not for Eddie tonight, it might have been a different result."
Toronto's last game played in Minnesota was a 3-3 tie vs. the North Stars on March 25, 1993.
Against the Wild, Toronto earned its eighth straight road win. It was also the 10th consecutive game in which the Northeast Division-leading Maple Leafs earned a point. The victory was Toronto's ninth in its last 10 games, with a 3-2 overtime loss to St. Louis on Tuesday the only blemish.
Belfour's 68th career shutout moved him into 11th place on the NHL's career list. He's also second among active goaltenders behind New Jersey's Martin Brodeur, who has 70.
Minnesota outshot Toronto 28-17, but couldn't score and fell to 0-4 against the Maple Leafs. The Wild have just eight goals in their last eight games, but their coach was pleased with Thursday's effort, if not the outcome.
"We played probably our best game tonight," Minnesota's Jacques Lemaire said. "We got a lot of chances, we played solid defensively, and the guys skated well."
While Minnesota dominated in the early stages, it took the Leafs more than seven minutes to get their first shot.
But Toronto withstood the early pressure and scored the game's only goal 11:37 into the opening period.
Defenseman Karel Pilar took a rising shot from the side of the right circle. Wild goaltender Dwayne Roloson blocked the shot, but Fitzgerald poked in the rebound for his fourth goal of the season.
Fitzgerald had an opportunity for his first two-goal game of the season in the third period when he picked up a loose puck and had a breakaway from the red line. Fitzgerald went to his backhand and appeared to have Roloson beaten, but failed to get a shot off.
"The puck never settled down for me," Fitzgerald said. "I pulled it back and moved to the backhand, but I missed it. If it stays on my stick, I've got a goal."
Roloson had 16 saves for Minnesota, 2-6-2-0 in its last 10.
"We're in the doghouse, everybody, in terms of scoring," Minnesota forward Marian Gaborik said.
|Thomas Fitzgerald (4) ASST: Karel Pilar (6)|
1 - 0 TOR
|Tie Domi Unsportsmanlike conduct- Coach|
|Ed Belfour Hi-sticking against Jason Wiemer|
|Andrei Zyuzin Holding against Mats Sundin|
|Aki Berg Tripping against Wes Walz|
|Brad Brown Fighting (maj) against Nathan Perrott|
|Nathan Perrott Fighting (maj) against Brad Brown|
|Nik Antropov Hi-sticking against Filip Kuba|
|Tie Domi Fighting (maj) against Alex Henry|
|Alex Henry Fighting (maj) against Tie Domi|
|Pascal Dupuis Charging against Tomas Kaberle|
|Mats Sundin Hooking - Obstruction against Alexandre Daigle|
|Jim Dowd Hi-sticking against Karel Pilar|
|Karel Pilar Roughing against Jim Dowd|
|Nik Antropov Hi-sticking against Andrei Zyuzin|
|Andrei Zyuzin Slashing against Ed Belfour|
|Thomas Fitzgerald Delay of game - bench|
|SA: 28||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 28||EV: 18 - 18|
|PIM: 2||PP: 9 - 9|
|SV%: 1.000||SH: 1 - 1|
|SA: 17||TOI: 58:35|
|Saves: 16||EV: 13 - 14|
|PIM: 0||PP: 2 - 2|
|SV%: .941||SH: 1 - 1|