TORONTO (AP) -- The first shootout in NHL history went to the
"It is exciting. It's nice to have a winner," Alfredsson said.
"Both teams battled hard for 65 minutes. I think it's right that
the losing team still gets a point."
Alfredsson tied it at 2 with 1:02 left in regulation, sending
the game to overtime. After a scoreless five-minute extra period,
Alfredsson scored on Ottawa's first attempt under the new shootout
"I like the shootout. I think it's fun for everybody," Heatley
said. "We battled hard the last 10 minutes and Alfie came up
Toronto coach Pat Quinn wasn't thrilled even though his team
received one point for the loss.
"I'm not one of the ones that like the game being settled this
way," Quinn said.
Toronto captain Mats Sundin didn't return after being struck in
the face by a puck seven minutes into the first period. He left for
the dressing room with a cut around his left eye, went to a local
hospital and was released.
"The eyeball itself is fine. There's damage to the surrounding
areas, but they weren't able to report if there is serious
damage," Quinn said.
Sundin dropped to the ice after getting hit. He looked in
obvious pain as blood poured.
"I don't know what the time frame is for him to play again. I
would bet there is significant swelling," Quinn said.
Alfredsson tied it at 1 with 5:48 left with a shot that beat Ed
Belfour from in front of the net.
Lindros, playing his first game with his hometown team, received
a rousing ovation. He then gave Toronto a 2-1 lead with a
power-play goal with 1:31 remaining.
Hasek, 40, played his first game for Ottawa and his first for
anybody since December 2003. He finished with 23 saves.
Belfour made 14 saves in the first period, including a
spectacular glove save on Bryan Smolinski, and finished with 21.
Bryan McCabe's slap shot on the power play beat Hasek to the
glove side at 2:28 of the first to give Toronto a 1-0 lead.
Maple Leafs fans were given a miniature replica of the
Stanley Cup. The Maple Leafs haven't won it since 1967. ... The
Senators and Maple Leafs play each seven more times this season.
... Toronto's Wade Belak didn't play because of a spider bite.