NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Ottawa
(Thursday, November 27th)
Final Score: Ottawa 2, Toronto 1 (SO)
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Jason Spezza scored the winner in the shootout as the Ottawa Senators downed the Toronto Maple Leafs, 2-1, at Scotiabank Place.
Spezza was the first shooter and he banged his wrister off the right post and into the net.
After Alex Auld made saves on Nikolai Kulemin and Lee Stempniak, Daniel Alfredsson sealed the win as his wrist shot beat Vesa Toskala.
Mike Fisher scored the lone goal while Auld finished the game with 25 saves for the Senators, who have won two straight.
"I thought we played a strong game and we got what we deserved," said Ottawa head coach Craig Hartsburg. "We deserved to win the hockey game. We just have to continue on this path and if you keep getting chances like that eventually it will go in for some guys."
Kulemin scored in regulation while Toskala stopped 34 shots for the Maple Leafs, who have dropped their past five games.
"I made some good saves, but I just did my job tonight and sometimes you get lucky," said Toskala. "It's too bad we didn't get the two points, but getting one point is good too."
The big news for Toronto, though, has the Toronto Sun stating that Brian Burke has signed a contract to become the president of the team and its 13th general manager.
Burke, who stepped down as Anaheim's GM on November 12, will replace Cliff Fletcher, who was hired as interim general manager following the firing of John Ferguson in January.
The only goals in regulation occurred in the first period and were less than a minute apart.
Ottawa took the initial lead as Shean Donovan backhanded a pass from the left circle to the front of the net where Fisher tapped it past Toskala at the 3:54 mark.
Just 59 seconds later, Toronto tied the game as Mikhail Grabovski bulled his way between two defenders on his way around the net and from the right side passed the puck across the goalmouth where Kulemin knocked it in.
The second and third periods were spirited affairs with strong scoring chances at both ends of the ice, but the goaltenders were up to the challenge and the game went to overtime.
Toronto hosts Philadelphia on Saturday...Ottawa travels to New York for a game against the Islanders on Saturday...Toronto had won five of six against Ottawa coming into the game...Toronto went 0-for-4 on the power play while Ottawa finished the game 0-for-1...Ottawa right wing Shean Donovan left the game in the third period with an upper-body injury.
11/28 00:13:29 ET