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NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Ottawa



(Monday, October 10th)

Final Score: Ottawa 6, Toronto 5 (SO)

Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Dany Heatley scored the only goal in a shootout to lift the Ottawa Senators over the Toronto Maple Leafs, 6-5, at the Corel Centre.

Heatley also added a regulation goal and two assists, while Jason Spezza notched a pair of goals and assisted on another for the Senators, who beat Toronto for the second time in a shootout this season.

"Dany was going tonight so I decided to put him out there. His linemates produced as well tonight," said Ottawa head coach Bryan Murray. "He has come in and played some good hockey for us."

Daniel Alfredsson added a goal and an assist as Ottawa won its third straight to start the season.

Bryan McCabe scored a goal and chipped in two assists while Tomas Kaberle had three assists for the Maple Leafs, who remained winless on the season at 0-1-2.

After blowing a 4-2 lead, Ottawa found itself trailing 5-4 until Spezza's rebound goal at the 9:27 mark of the third period tied it at five.

"We gave up a two goal lead so we were lucky to tie the game," said Hasek. "At least we won the shootout."

Both teams had scoring chances towards the end of overtime but couldn't convert.

The best chance came with just under one minute left when Toronto broke away on a 2-on-1. However, Senators goalkeeper Dominik Hasek laid out, stacked the pads, and stopped Darcy Tucker's shot from the left side. Alfredsson then broke away for Ottawa later in OT, but Ed Belfour was able to stop his shot from in close.

Kyle Wellwood was stopped on Toronto's first attempt in the shootout before Heatley beat Belfour with a snap shot. Eric Lindros' backhand shot was then stopped by Hasek, and Jason Allison missed high to give Ottawa the win.

"Kyle might of had him but missed the top of the net," said Maple Leafs' coach Pat Quinn. "You have got to shoot at him (Hasek) and not try to stickhandle. It was a frustrating loss."

Down 2-1 in the second, the Senators ran off three straight goals to take the lead.

The Senators would tie the game via the power play on Spezza's first goal of the game, which came 9:37 into the second.

Heatley's goal at the 12:19 mark then gave Ottawa the lead. After Belfour stopped Wade Redden's initial shot from the point, Heatley slid into the right side of the net and flipped in a rebound shot.

The third goal came on the power play when Spezza faked a shot from the left circle and found Alfredsson all alone on the left side of the net for the easy goal with 4:10 left in the second.

The Maple Leafs would respond in the third by scoring three straight goals themselves to take a late lead.

Tie Domi's power-play goal 5:46 into the third started the scoring and Clarke Wilm found the back of the net from the left circle 32 seconds later to tie the game.

Toronto then took the lead at the 7:41 mark. Kaberle took a pass from McCabe, who then found Nik Antropov at the top of the right circle. Antropov received the cross-ice pass and wristed a shot into the net, beating Hasek.

Despite the win, Hasek stopped only 22 of the 27 shots he faced.

"It's tough to swallow especially when your winning with 12 minutes to go," said Antropov. "Whoever made more mistakes would lose the game. We were close but unfortunately, we made those mistakes. We have to regroup and move on."

Chris Neil's power-play goal at the 13:41 mark in the first period staked the Senators to a 1-0 lead. With Lindros off for tripping, Alfredsson controlled the puck at the left point and found Heatley with a pass in the left circle. Heatley then skated in and fired a shot that deflected off of Neil and past Belfour, who made 31 saves in the loss.

Toronto had a 5-on-3 power play early in the second period and McCabe connected with a slap shot from the right point. The power play continued and Tucker found the back of the net one minute later with a shot from the left circle that beat Hasek stick side, giving the Maple Leafs a 2-1 lead.

Game Notes

Ottawa's Mike Fisher left the game with an upper body injury...Alfredsson and Heatley scored in Ottawa's first shootout win over Toronto...Both teams scored three times on the power play...Heatley, Alfredsson and Spezza all have three goals on the season...Kaberle has five assists on the year.

10/10 23:39:29 ET


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