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11/11/2006 9:46:49 PM


TORONTO (CP) - Defenceman Tomas Kaberle had a goal and two assists Saturday night and the Toronto Maple Leafs took advantage of Montreal's penalty troubles in a 5-1 win over the rival Canadiens.

Defence partner Bryan McCabe had two goals of his own while Matt Stajan and Nik Antropov also scored for the Leafs (11-5-3), who won their fourth straight and second in three meetings with the Habs this season.

Unlike the first two games between the two teams, this one didn't need a shootout and wasn't nearly as entertaining. It was over after 40 minutes, the Leafs scoring three times in the second period to go up 4-1 thanks in large part to five minor penalties called against the Canadiens.

Captain Saku Koivu scored for Montreal (8-4-3), who looked lethargic in its first game since Tuesday. The Habs also didn't have a morning skate due to a 2 p.m. AHL game at the Air Canada Centre.

Kaberle's three points gave him the NHL lead in defencemen scoring with 17 points (7-9) in 19 games, two more than superstar Chris Pronger in Anaheim. Kaberle has points in eight straight games, a remarkable 15 to be exact.

J.S. Aubin stopped 25 shots to record his second consecutive win against Montreal.

McCabe opened the scoring 11:21 into the first period with the Leafs on a 5-on-3 power play, blasting a one-timer that beat David Aebischer top corner.

Koivu tied it at 14:34 on the prettiest goal of the night, finishing off a tic-tac-toe play after a nice feed from rookie Guillaume Latendresse, a goal that drew cheers from the hundreds of Habs fans among the crowd of 19,501.

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