Senators Push Leafs On Brink

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2002 Playoffs

Daniel Alfredsson scored the game-winner after a controversial non-call as the Ottawa Senators beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 to take a 3-2 lead in the series.

With two minutes left in the third period Alfredsson hit Darcy Tucker from behind, sending the Toronto winger head first into the boards. As Tucker stayed on the ice motionless, Alfredsson took a pass from Juha Ylonen and snapped the puck past Curtis Joseph to put Ottawa ahead 3-2.

"You definitely don't want to lose on a call like that, it was very questionable," said Toronto defenseman Wade Belak. "It should have been a call but we never got it again. It's been our luck the whole playoffs, it seems every time right to the end we get a call that costs us the game."

Fans littered the ice with debris, lot of it directed to the officials who didn't call a penalty on Alfredsson.

"I wasn't trying to finish him at all. I was just trying to make sure the puck got to the point," Alfredsson said. "I didn't see anything wrong. I don't know if he turned. But I didn't see anything wrong with it."

Tucker eventually got up on his own, but he is questionable for Game 6 on Sunday.

"He's not very good," Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn said. "They're still evaluating him now."

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