NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Ottawa
(Saturday, February 28th)
Final Score: Toronto 4, Ottawa 3 (OT)
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Pavel Kubina scored twice, including the winner 33 seconds into overtime, as the Toronto Maple Leafs came back to edge the Ottawa Senators, 4-3, at Scotiabank Place.
Kubina also netted the tying goal in the third period, while Jamal Mayers and rookie Tim Stapleton tallied for the Maple Leafs, who were able to build off a 5-4 shootout win at the New York Islanders on Thursday. Toronto has won four straight overall after dropping the previous three contests. Stapleton's marker was the first of his NHL career.
Curtis Joseph turned aside 29-of-32 shots for the Maple Leafs, who have garnered a point in six straight contests and have gone 4-0-2 in that span.
Ryan Shannon, Jarkko Ruutu and Daniel Alfredsson accounted for the Ottawa goals. The Senators have lost two straight and five of six overall.
Brian Elliott made 34 saves in defeat.
With 6 1/2 minutes remaining in the third period and Ottawa clinging to a 3-2 lead, the Leafs were awarded a power play when Jason Spezza was called for a hooking minor and Toronto capitalized.
Kubina's blast from the right point went through a maze of players and got just inside the left post to deadlock things with 5:12 left. After neither team was able to light the lamp in the closing minutes, the game went to the overtime and Kubina again was the hero.
Off an odd-man rush, Ian White dropped a pass to the veteran defenseman, who beat Elliott under the arm to the stick side with the game-winner.
Mayers opened the scoring 6:39 into the contest on a wrist shot off a pass from John Mitchell to give the Leafs the quick lead.
Stapleton then put Toronto up by a pair with 4:32 left in the stanza. After Elliott made the initial save on Jason Blake, Stapleton went hard to the net and got a piece of the puck before a Senators player inadvertently put it in his own net.
However, Ottawa struck twice within the first five minutes of the second. Shannon took a pass from Spezza from behind the net and beat Joseph with a quick wrister from the low slot to make it a 2-1 game 28 seconds in. Ruutu then jammed home a rebound off a Mike Comrie shot at 4:33 to tie things.
Alfredsson put the Senators in front for the first time at 4:26 of the third. Off a line rush from center ice, the veteran winger fired a slap shot from the top the right circle that squeezed through Joseph's pads.
Toronto has won seven of the last nine in its series against Ottawa with the teams splitting the last four contests at Scotiabank Place...The Leafs have also won three of the four meetings this season...Ottawa welcomes Calgary on Tuesday, while Toronto hosts New Jersey.
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