NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Ottawa
(Tuesday, March 16th)
Final Score: Toronto 4, Ottawa 1
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Jonas Gustavsson made 30 saves to help the Toronto Maple Leafs take down the Ottawa Senators, 4-1, in a battle between two Northeast Division foes at Scotiabank Place.
Phil Kessel, John Mitchell, Mikhail Grabovski, and Rickard Wallin scored for the Leafs, who have won four of five but still sit last in the Eastern Conference with 60 points.
"We played a great road game. We had a bad end to the second period, we got a little sloppy and lost our poise with the puck a few times," Toronto head coach Ron Wilson said. "We rebounded in the third period and did a great job drawing penalties and forcing the issue and not sitting back."
Andy Sutton scored the lone goal for the Senators, who dropped to 1-5-1 in their first seven outings of March. Brian Elliott turned aside 26-of-29 shots in defeat.
Ottawa still trails Buffalo by three points for first in the Northeast Division. The Sabres lost 4-3 to the Thrashers on Tuesday. The Sens sit fifth in the East.
Kessel got Toronto's offense going at the 11:20 mark of the first period. Nikolai Kulemin led a rush down the right side of the ice before sliding a pass into the slot for Kessel, whose wrister beat Elliott.
Gustavsson made nine saves in the first.
The Leafs went ahead 2-0 on Mitchell's goal at the 4:33 mark of the second. Mitchell charged down the right side of the ice and fired a wrister from the bottom of the right circle.
Just 19 seconds later, Grabovski lit the lamp to give Toronto a three-goal cushion. Luca Caputi gathered the puck following a battle behind the net, sliding a pass to Grabovski, whose shot beat Elliott.
Ottawa finally got on the board with 1:34 left in the middle stanza. Daniel Alfredsson controlled the puck behind the net and threw a pass out in front for Sutton, who chipped the disc past Gustavsson.
Wallin scored an empty-net goal with 49.4 seconds remaining in the third to put the game away.
"These are points that we need and we know that," Elliott said. "We have to look at the tape and see what we did wrong."
Toronto wins the season series with Ottawa, 4-2...The Leafs went 0-for-5 on the power play, while the Senators went 0-for-3 on the man advantage.
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