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TORONTO -- In Arland Bruce IIIs mind, theres no such thing as a bad win. Bruces 37-yard TD catch with 2:47 remaining rallied the Montreal Alouettes to a 23-20 win over a short-handed Toronto Argonauts squad Friday night in the regular-season finale for both teams. "Any time you can go home at night and know youve won as a pro athlete, its a great feeling," Bruce said. "If we had been sitting here saying it didnt mean anything, thats a co pout and I dont think any of these guys are looking for a way out. "I know Im not and I dont want anyone around me thinking like that. This is a good win." The game had no bearing on the East Division standings as Toronto (11-7) had cemented top spot to secure home-field advantage for the conference final Nov. 17. Montreal (8-10) was already assured of finishing third and will face the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in semifinal action next weekend in Guelph, Ont. So both teams took vastly different approaches to the contest. Montreal, looking to establish much-needed momentum heading into the playoffs, went with all of its starters while Toronto sat 17 regulars, including quarterback Ricky Ray, as backups Zach Collaros, Trevor Harris and Mitchell Gale all played. But it was Toronto that consistently won the field-position battle and led 19-15 on a conceded safety to start the fourth. Harris erased a 15-11 half-time deficit with an 11-yard TD strike to Darvin Adams at 7:18 of the third but the convert was blocked. "This is pro football, we get paid to play," Bruce said. "Whoever is out there, second string or third string theyre not thinking, Im going to let him do whatever. "Were not even looking who is out there. Theres an opponent out there with a different coloured jersey on. We cant get caught up in that. Now we have to get prepared to go out on the road -- again." Montreal quarterback Troy Smith finished 15-of-28 passing for 197 yards with three TDs and an interception that was returned for a touchdown. For the second straight week the former Heisman Trophy winner struggled in the second half -- completing 7-of-12 passes for 87 yards -- but found an open Bruce to cap a three-play, 71-yard scoring drive, then ran in for two-point convert to give the Als a three-point lead before a Rogers Centre gathering of 22,589. Toronto was poised to get the ball back with just over a minute remaining but Argo Hugo Lopez was penalized for hitting Montreal punter Burke Dales, allowing the Alouettes to maintain possession and run out the clock. "As a quarterback you have to have a short memory," Smith said. "I dont like throwing interceptions, that leaves a bad taste in my mouth. "Even though we got a win, I harp on things like that and I need not do that next time." Montreal interim coach Jim Popp admitted his club played poorly but was buoyed by its ability to erase an early 10-point deficit, then rally late for the victory. "We"ve won here twice this year no matter how people want to look at it," Popp said. "I keep saying it, you need to score 30 points and youre fortunate when you dont and still win. "Bottom line is we won. Two, we came back. Three, we held on to a lead. Those are all positives." So is Montreal playoff ready? "Every game is different," Popp said. "The way our season has gone, who knows next week? "We may be playing great, I have no idea." Toronto was looking for 12 regular-season wins for the first time since 97. A bright spot was running back Jerious Norwood, who ran for 102 yards on eight carries and added four catches for 62 yards despite still adjusting to Canadian football. "The hardest thing for me is the extra defender," Norwood said. "You get into the secondary and you have to beat that extra man." Harris was Torontos most productive quarterback, completing 6-of-9 passes for 110 yards and the TD. John Chiles had four catches for 79 yards. "It was a hard-played game by both teams," Argos coach Scott Milanovich said. "Obviously they made more plays at the end to get the win. "Now we have to focus on being ready for Nov. 17." Matt Black had Torontos other touchdown. Rookie Quinn Sharp had a tough CFL debut, hitting one-of-two converts and one-of-three field goals with two singles. Duron Carter and Bo Bowling scored Montreals touchdowns. Sean Whyte booted two converts and a single. Smiths two second-quarter TD strikes rallied Montreal to a 15-11 half-time advantage. Smith hit Carter, the son of Football Hall of Famer Cris Carter, on a 71-yard touchdown pass at 2:07 to cut Torontos lead to 10-7 at 2:07 before Nicolas Boulay recovered Torontos fumble on the ensuing kickoff. Smith then found Bowling from two yards out at 5:19 to put Montreal ahead 14-10. Whyte, whose miss from 42 yards out was returned 107 yards for the winning TD in last weekends 27-24 loss to Hamilton, missed from 39 yards at 12:25 for the single. Toronto opened the scoring with Black returning a Smith interception 62 yards for the TD at 4:26 of the first. After plunking his first attempt from 28 yards out off the upright, Sharp connected from 42 yards out at 13:18 to put the Argos ahead 10-0. Montreal lost linebacker Juries Hebert, defensive backs Geoff Tisdale and Byron Parker and running back Terrell Sutton all to injury. Popp said he didnt think any of the players would miss the conference semifinal. NOTES: Prior to the game, former CFL star quarterback Russ Jackson helped swear in approximately 100 new Canadians . . . . Montreals Chip Cox registered his club-record 111th tackle of the season with a sack on Torontos opening possession . . . Among the Argos who didnt dress were slotback Andre Durie and linebacker Robert McCune. Durie will finish 14 yards shy of his first career 1,000-yard season while McCune ended up one tackle short of 100 . . . The Alouettes have qualified for the CFL playoffs in 18 straight years, the leagues longest current streak. Toronto is in the post-season for the third time in four seasons . . . Ray is just two completions short of becoming the most accurate passer in CFL history. Calgary offensive co-ordinator Dave Dickenson holds that distinction at 67.534 per cent while Ray is at 67.524 per cent. Peter Budaj Jersey . Both sides of the deal have formally announced acquisitions: TFC introduced Jozy Altidore as a designated player on Friday, while their counterparts announced a three-and-a-half-year deal with Jermain Defoe. Ryan Callahan Jersey . -- Keith Aulie has joined the Tampa Bay Lightning. http://www.cheaplightningjerseys.com/?ta...koekkoek-jersey. LeBron James believes hes a major reason for their early failures. Andrej Sustr Jersey . 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He kills penalties, he plays against other teams top lines and he brings us that speed and energy that you need on the depth of your lineup." After Anton Lander opened the scoring, Ryan set up Greg McKegg and Devane sixty-eight seconds apart in the second. Ryan also set up McKeggs second of the night in the third. Brandon Kozun had the other goal for the Marlies (31-17-4) whove won three straight and earned a spilt in the season series with Oklahoma City winning one game a piece. "I think Ive been struggling a little bit trying to get my feet underneath me and felt like the breaks werent going my way," said Ryan, who was playing in his 27th game with the Marlies. "Tonight I was pretty confident out there. Making plays, hanging on to pucks as long as I could and fortunately got a couple bounces." With the loss the Barons (23-24-7) dropped two of three in a three-game, three-night stretch over the weekend. The Barons won the only other meeting of the season between the two clubs, 5-3, Jan. 30 in Oklahoma City. Garret Sparks, who was making his first start since Jan. 31, made 38 saves for the win and improved to 2-2-0 at Ricoh Coliseum this season. Richard Bachman made 27 saves for his 14th loss of the season. Kozun made it 4-1, on a power play, at 17:10 re-directing a T.J. Brennan shot past Bachman. McKeggs second of the night at 9:42 gave the Marlies a 3-1 lead. McKegg picked up a pass from Ryan and beat Bachman blocker-side for his 13th of the season on a power play. With the two-goal game, McKegg now has four goals and four assists in seven February games. "Hes now turning himself into a legitimate NHL prospect and Im sure theres a number of teams, not only the Toronto Maple Leafs, but the 29 other teams that are seeing that as well," said Spott. "Its great to see the confidence that hes playing with.dddddddddddd" The Marlies scored twice in just over a minute during the middle frame to erase an early 1-0 deficit. McKegg tied it 1-1 at 8:34 taking a Stuart Percy feed and one timing it over the glove hand of Bachman for his 12th of the season. Just over a minute later, Devane slapped a loose puck past a screened Bachman for his third of the season giving Toronto its first lead, 2-1. Oklahoma City opened the scoring on a second period 5-on-3 power play as Landers pass re-directed off of Korbinian Holzer and past Sparks at 3:48 of the second. Toronto had an excellent chance to open the scoring at 12:15 of the first period as Josh Leivo re-directed a Ryan feed past Bachman, but hit the post. With a minute remaining in the opening period, Mark Acrobello beat Sparks glove-side but rang his shot off the post. Just prior to the Acrobello chance, Peter Holland got a shot through the pads of Bachman, but Barons defenceman David Musil was there to clear the rolling puck before it crossed the goal line. "Hes so dynamic. The challenge we have now is do you play him with Kozun, Leivo, Abbott so well have to make some decisions as we go forward," Spott said of Holland. "Hes a puck procession guy, he likes to move the puck and hes just so dynamic through the neutral zone. "A good effort by him. He hasnt played hockey in a long time. Hes been off for quite some time with the break. Hell only get better as we go." Holland was playing his first game with the Marlies since being re-assigned on Saturday. In three games with the Marlies this season, Holland has three goals. With the March 5 NHL trade deadline fast approaching a plethora of scouts were in attendance to watch the Maple Leafs and Oilers affiliates Sunday. Spott said hes noticed chatter among his players. "We have a room there where guys get coffee, you definitely hear some of the banter, but all they can do is control their play," said Spott. "They cant control anything else outside of that so, its just staying positive and allowing them to play. "Were a four line team, we get everybody out on the ice, and if they want an opportunity to continue to play in the National Hockey League, its a great program to be in." ' ' '

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