NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Ottawa
(Tuesday, November 17th)
Final Score: Ottawa 3, Toronto 2
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Mike Fisher scored twice, including the game- winner late in the second period, and Pascal Leclaire made it stand up with a solid outing in net, as Ottawa took a 3-2 decision from Toronto at Scotiabank Place.
Milan Michalek netted a power-play goal to account for the other score, while Leclaire turned back 30-of-32 shots for the Senators, who came in having lost back-to-back games.
Alexandre Picard, Chris Campoli and Alex Kovalev each notched two assists in the win.
Phil Kessel and Niklas Hagman got the goals for the Maple Leafs, who have lost four in a row since beating Carolina and Detroit on consecutive nights to post their only winning streak of the year.
Vesa Toskala was tested with 21 shots and allowed all three scores.
Ottawa gained a 3-2 advantage late in the second with goals from Michalek and Fisher 3:07 apart. Michalek's tip-in of a Picard shot resulted in a power-play goal that tied the game at 11:03 and Fisher potted his second of the game from the left circle following Leafs defenseman Carl Gunnarsson's turnover to give the Sens a lead heading to the third.
"I'm frustrated that some people don't get that we're talking about turnovers. One brief moment where you're not concentrating enough to the right job it ends up in your net -- neutral zone turnovers all three goals," said Leafs head coach Ron Wilson.
Leclaire was solid down the stretch, finishing with 15 third-period saves and holding Toronto off the scoreboard for the final 35-plus minutes. The Leafs pulled Toskala with 59 seconds to play but couldn't find the equalizer.
Stops of Kessel and Alexei Ponikarovsky inside the final three minutes were particularly impressive for Leclaire.
"We needed him and he was at his best. He played very well that last 10 minutes and made some great saves," said Ottawa head coach Cory Clouston of Leclaire. "I thought his rebound control was very good and his play in traffic was outstanding. I liked our first 50 minutes of the game. I thought we really played not to lose the last 10 instead of playing to win."
Fisher opened the scoring 8:08 into the game, swatting a bouncing puck in the slot past Toskala. Only 1:02 later the game was tied as Kessel ripped a long shot skating outside the circles that escaped Leclaire.
Hagman gave the visitors a 2-1 edge 4:49 into the second, collecting an errant Jason Blake shot behind the net before wheeling around at the edge of the right circle and snapping it by Leclaire's blocker on the far side.
The Senators notched a 2-1 win in Toronto on October 6 in the first of six meetings this season between these Northeast Division rivals. The Maple Leafs have dropped three of four and six of their last nine games in Ottawa...Tuesday's setback marked the first of two straight on the road for Toronto, which will visit Carolina on Thursday...The Sens moved to 1-0-1 on a five-game homestand with visits from Pittsburgh, Buffalo and Washington still to play...Fisher has nine goals on the year while Kessel netted his fifth in only seven games thus far for the Leafs, who went without a goal on their lone chance with the man advantage...Ottawa ended 1-for-4 on the power play.
11/17 23:41:45 ET