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Belfour win is a milestone

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Ed Belfour knows all about the man he tied for second place on the NHL's career victory list.

''I had a chance to read his biography," Belfour said after matching Terry Sawchuk with 447 wins Monday night in the Toronto Maple Leafs' 2-1 victory over Florida.

''He was a fierce competitor, very acrobatic, and obviously very brave, not wearing a mask most of his career. I'm just honored to be tied with him."

Belfour, 40, made 34 saves and will stand alone behind all-time leader Patrick Roy (551) with his next win. Sawchuk was a member of Toronto's most recent Stanley Cup winner, in 1966-67, when he shared goaltending duties with Johnny Bower.

Bryan McCabe scored the winning goal on a 5-on-3 power play midway through the third period. His slap shot from just above the right circle beat Roberto Luongo to the high stick side at 10:18 of the third with Florida's Gary Roberts and Juraj Kolnik in the penalty box.

It was McCabe's 10th goal, adding to his league-leading points total (33) for defensemen.

Stephen Weiss's power-play goal tied the score, 1-1, with 1:33 left in the second period. Weiss dived for a rebound of Lukas Krajicek's shot and put the puck past Belfour for his seventh goal.

''We deserved a better result," Weiss said. ''Three of four times we had pucks laying on the goal line, in the crease, and we didn't seize on it."

Darcy Tucker gave the Maple Leafs a 1-0 lead with his ninth goal at 11:59 of the second period. Positioned all alone to Luongo's left, Tucker put home a pass that deflected off Jeff O'Neill's stick.

Tucker, who missed the Maple Leafs' previous two games following the birth of his son, has scored in three of his past four games.

Belfour made the Maple Leafs' two goals hold up as Florida lost for the 14th time in 15 games.

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