- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 15, 2002

TORONTO Game 7s continue to bring out the best in Alexander Mogilny and the resilient Toronto Maple Leafs.
Mogilny scored twice, and Curtis Joseph stopped 19 shots in a 3-0 victory over Ottawa last night that advanced the Maple Leafs to the NHL Eastern Conference finals.
The Maple Leafs, who return to the third round for the first time since 1999, will face the Hurricanes in a best-of-seven series that opens at Carolina tomorrow night.
The celebration began with about 90 seconds left, when the soldout Air Canada Centre gave the Leafs a standing ovation that lasted well past the final horn.
It was the second straight seven-game series' victory for Toronto, which eliminated the New York Islanders with a 4-2 Game 7 win in the opening round. And it's the second straight Game 7 in which Mogilny has scored twice.
Mogilny, who also scored the game-winner in a 4-3 Game 6 victory on Sunday, has five goals in games when Toronto faces elimination this postseason.
Bryan McCabe also scored for a Toronto team that has refused to quit despite missing six regulars, including captain Mats Sundin (broken wrist), and was playing its 12th game in 22 days.
The Senators, meanwhile, continued to live down to their reputation of folding under playoff pressure, blowing a 3-2 series advantage, and squandering leads in its three previous games including 2-0 in Game 6.
This is also a Senators franchise that has never advanced past the second round, dropped to 0-2 in Game 7s, and has now been eliminated in three straight playoffs by Toronto.
Mogilny opened the scoring with a power-play goal 11:49 into the second period.
Waiting with the puck in the right corner, Mogilny attempted to thread a pass through the middle to McCabe, who was sneaking in from the point. Instead, Mogilny's pass hit the side of Ottawa defender Sami Salo's skate, and bounced in.
Mogilny made it 2-0, scoring on a delayed penalty 5:14 into the third period. After Ottawa's Todd White bowled over Joseph, Tomas Kaberle led a rush up the right side.
Kaberle's cross-ice pass found Mogilny, who lifted a shot over diving Ottawa goalie Patrick Lalime.
McCabe sealed the win with 5:56 left.
The Senators displayed little of the poise and jump they had in the previous six games. Ottawa came out tentatively, and then proved even flatter in the second period when the Senators set a franchise playoff low in being limited to one shot on goal.
And that wasn't much of a shot when Salo's wrister from the right boards was easily stopped by Joseph with 1:02 left in the period.
The one shot allowed matched a Maple Leafs playoff record set against Los Angeles on May 17, 1993.
Ottawa finally started to press to open the third period, but were then foiled by Joseph, who recorded his second shutout of the postseason and 14th of his career, tying Jacques Plante for third on the all-time list.
Joseph's best stops came 90 seconds into the third period, when he got his right pad on Salo's shot from the point that was deflected in front. Seconds later, Joseph stopped another shot by Salo, and covered up the puck before Shawn McEachern could jam in the rebound.
Joseph was also sharp when he got a glove on a blast by Marian Hossa from the right circle eight minutes into the game.
The Maple Leafs played their most efficient game of the postseason, looking nothing like the team that opened this series with a 5-0 loss. And Toronto played with composure, setting aside many of the disputes and complaints that had seemed to distract them earlier on.
Leafs D Wade Belak was a healthy scratch for the first time this postseason. … The Maple Leafs were playing their 106th playoff game since 1993, fourth among NHL teams. Colorado leads all teams over that span, with 130 games. … Toronto advanced to the conference final for only the fourth time since 1968. … Led by Jyrki Lumme, with six, the Leafs had 15 players that have played in a Game 7. The Senators, in comparison, had only seven players led by McEachern's four with Game 7 experience.

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