- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 9, 2002

OTTAWA (AP) The Toronto Maple Leafs can stop their complaining. They got the calls including a disallowed Ottawa goal the breaks and, most importantly, the victory.
Alyn McCauley scored twice leading the Maple Leafs to a 2-1 win over the Senators last night to tie the Eastern Conference semifinal series at 2.
Curtis Joseph stopped 24 shots as the Maple Leafs won their first road game of the postseason after four losses.
Game 5 of the best-of-seven series is at Toronto tomorrow.
The game ended in dispute, when a video replay ruling disallowed what might have been the game-tying goal with 25.4 seconds remaining.
Joseph stopped Chris Phillips' wraparound attempt, but couldn't find the puck, which lay under him. Ottawa's Marian Hossa dived head-first into the crease and pushed Joseph into the net.
Referee Kevin Pollock, standing behind the net, initially ruled it a goal. Video replays, however, showed the puck had not crossed the line.
The game was then delayed when fans littered the ice with towels, plastic cups and paper.
Wade Redden scored for the Senators, who squandered a lead for the first time this postseason (5-1), while also suffering their first home loss (3-1).
The Maple Leafs had spent the past two days complaining about the officiating in Monday's 3-2 loss. They had been particularly incensed that Ottawa's Benoit Brunet interfered with Joseph on Daniel Alfredsson's eventual game-winner.
But on Wednesday, much went Toronto's way, including a goaltender interference penalty when Ottawa's Shane Hnidy lost his balance and crashed into Joseph.
The usually disciplined Senators were issued five penalties to Toronto's three.
The Leafs rallied back after Redden opened the scoring with a power-play goal 2:15 into the second period.
McCauley, who hails from nearby Brockville, Ontario, tied the game four minutes later when he shoveled in a rebound after Ottawa's Patrick Lalime stopped Gary Roberts on a breakaway.
McCauley put Toronto ahead with 2:43 left in the second period, again converting a Roberts rebound. After initially stopping Roberts on a wraparound attempt, Lalime lost sight of the puck. McCauley burst in front and chipped it over the prone goalie.
The goal came on a power play, Toronto's first of the series, and only the second power-play goal Ottawa has allowed in nine playoff games.
Joseph was sharp, stopping 21 consecutive shots after Redden's goal. He was at his best with nine minutes left, first stopping Hossa's shot from the slot and, a few seconds later, foiling Magnus Arvedson's 15-footer.
The Senators lost defenseman Sami Salo to an undisclosed upper body injury, after he crashed heavily into the boards going after a loose puck two minutes into the second period. Salo, who did not return, was gingerly protecting his left arm as he headed to the dressing room.
Toronto defenseman Karel Pilar did not return after taking a shot off the thumb early in the third period.
The Senators appeared to lack jump, the result of a conservatively played first period in which the Maple Leafs iced the puck to alleviate any sign of pressure.

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