Leafs Push Sens To Brink

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2001 Playoffs

Ottawa vs. Toronto

Cory Cross scored 2:16 into overtime as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the first-round playoff series.

"It came out to me and I just one-timed it," Cross told CBC. "I was lucky it went in. I didn't even see it go in."

Ottawa scored twice in the last three minutes to tie the game and force overtime only to lose it all with Cross' shot.

"It's a bad break from the standpoint that we had an opportunity to score just before they scored, Alfredsson all alone, and that's usually how it happens in overtime," said Senators coach Jacques Martin. "They just took a shot, Patrick made the save and the rebound just came across his stick."

Mats Sundin and Nik Antropov also scored for the Maple Leafs, who can can eliminate Ottawa with a win at home on Wednesday night in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference series.

"We were definitely in control," Cross said. "It just shows the character of this team. They're going to come out desperate in Game 4 and we have to be ready."

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