NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Toronto |
(Saturday, March 4th)
Final Score: Ottawa 4, Toronto 2
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Dany Heatley had a goal and an assist as the
Ottawa Senators defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-2, at the Air Canada
Patrick Eaves, Brian Pothier and Zdeno Chara each tallied goals for Ottawa,
who won its third game in a row since returning from the Olympic break, and
fourth overall. Ray Emery recorded 22 saves in his third game in relief of
Dominik Hasek, who was injured during the Olympics.
"It's the job of the backup goalie to be ready to play," said Emery.
Alex Steen and Alexei Ponikarovsky scored goals for the Maple Leafs, who loss
for the fifth-straight game. Eddie Belfour stopped 22 of 25 shots.
Eric Lindros left the game in the second period and announced after the game
that he would have surgery on his wrist and is done for the season. Lindros
was limited to just four games this season, recording two goals and three
Just 4:24 into the third, Heatley rifled a perfect pass from Jason Spezza to
the back of the net, beating Belfour stick side to give Ottawa the lead, 3-2.
With Belfour pulled late in the game, Bryan Smolinski was called for hooking
late in the game, giving Toronto a power play and a face off in Ottawa's zone
with 16 seconds remaining.
The Senators, though, won the face off and Chara sent the puck the length of
the ice into the net to put the game away.
The Maple Leafs took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission on Steen's 15th
goal of the season with 8:06 remaining in the first 20 minutes.
The Senators took the lead in the second period with goals from Eaves and
Pothier a little over one minute apart in the second period with Pothier's
goal coming just 4:24 in.
Ponikarovsky then tied it up later in the period, knocking in a Darcy Tucker
rebound 8:09 in.
"We did a lot of good things tonight, compared to what we've been doing for
awhile," said Toronto head coach Pat Quinn.
Ottawa is now 7-0 against Toronto this season, outscoring the Maple Leafs
Heatley now has eight goals and seven assists against Toronto this
season...Daniel Alfredsson added an assist for the Senators...The Maple Leafs
are now seven points behind Montreal for the final playoff spot...Tie Domi was
honored before the game for playing in his 1,000th NHL game...Neither team
scored on the power play with Ottawa having three chances and Toronto having
03/04 23:12:16 ET