NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Toronto
(Tuesday, October 6th)
Final Score: Ottawa 2, Toronto 1
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Daniel Alfredsson's goal in the second period proved to be the difference, as the Ottawa Senators held on to edge the Toronto Maple Leafs, 2-1, at Air Canada Centre.
Shean Donovan scored the other goal for the Senators, who lost 5-2 to the Rangers in the season opener Saturday. Pascal Leclaire stopped 26-of-27 to pick up the win.
Matt Stajan scored the lone goal for the Maple Leafs, who lost to Montreal and Washington in their first two games. Jonas Gustavsson, who was making his first start in the NHL, turned aside 26-of-28 shots to take his second loss of the season.
"It was a great experience for me to play. It was the first start for me. I'm out there because I want to win and want to compete. It's tough when you lose and your so close to a tie," Gustavsson said.
Down 2-0, the Maple Leafs made things interesting by scoring a goal 5:36 into the final frame. An Alexandre Picard holding penalty put Toronto on the power play. Tomas Kaberle slid a perfect cross-ice pass to an open Stajan, who fired a shot from the right circle past Leclaire.
Toronto pulled Gustavsson in the final minute for an extra attacker, but couldn't tie the tilt despite multiple scoring chances.
The first period was dominated by the goaltenders, with each making eight saves. Toronto had the lone power play during the scoreless stanza.
The Senators broke the scoreless tie when Donovan lit the lamp 6:45 into the second. Donovan was able to swat the puck into the back of the net during a scramble in front of Gustavsson. After a review showed Donovan's stick wasn't above the crossbar, the score was upheld.
Ottawa added to its lead just 37 seconds later. Luke Schenn was called for high sticking on Alfredsson, setting up a penalty shot. Alfredsson made a move to his left at the net and lifted a backhander past Gustavsson.
"I wasn't sure what I was going to do. I like to go to the backhand in practice and try to do a deek shot. I thought he (Gustavsson) went for it a little bit and I was bale to get some room on my backhand," Alfredsson said.
The Maple Leafs outshot the Senators, 14-7, in the final period...Toronto won four of six meetings against the Senators in 2008-09 and the Leafs have taken eight of 12 overall in the series. Ottawa snapped a three-game losing streak in Toronto...The Maple Leafs are winless in their opening three games for the first time since posting an 0-1-2 record at the start of the 2005-06 campaign. Gustavsson played the last two years in the Swedish Elite League...Toronto's Viktor Stalberg left the game in the first period.
10/06 22:43:26 ET