NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Toronto
(Saturday, October 9th)
Final Score: Toronto 5, Ottawa 1
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Phil Kessel, Kris Versteeg and Clarke MacArthur each had a goal and an assist as the Toronto Maple Leafs took a 5-1 win over the Ottawa Senators.
Tim Brent and Nikolai Kulemin each had a goal for the Maple Leafs, who have started a season with two straight wins for the first time since winning their first three games at the beginning of the 1999-2000 campaign.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere got his second win in as many games with a 17-save performance.
"I think we played our game and played the way we wanted to," said Versteeg. "They're a skilled team over there and if you give them some time and room they'll make you look silly. But we played a good game and were able to come out on top."
Jason Spezza scored the lone goal while Pascal Leclaire was tagged for all five goals on 38 shots for the Senators, who have scored just two goals in their two games thus far, both of which have been losses.
"We've got to improve our game," said Ottawa head coach Cory Coulston. "If we don't compete harder than we did and don't skate harder it's going to be a tough season, but it's early and there's plenty of time."
Just 1:38 into the contest the Maple Leafs took the lead as Spezza turned over the puck along the deep left boards, which MacArthur picked up and centered it for a Kulemin one-timer past Leclaire.
Toronto made it a 2-0 game 7:51 in when Versteeg's shot was stopped from the right wing, but the rebound kicked back to Kessel and he calmly slammed it home.
At the 8:18 mark of the second, the Maple Leafs made it 3-0 as Mikhail Grabovski made a backhand pass from the top of the right circle on the rush into the slot where MacArthur shot it in off the right post.
Giguere needed to make just six saves in each of the first two periods to keep Ottawa off the board.
Toronto continued the assault in the third period as Tomas Kaberle's one-timer from the high slot was tipped in by Versteeg for a power-play goal 2:44 in and Brent scored less than three minutes later for a 5-0 lead.
Spezza broke up the shutout at the 7:11 mark of the frame.
Toronto plays in Pittsburgh on Wednesday...The Senators play in Washington on Monday...The Maple Leafs have taken five straight against Ottawa...Toronto went 1-for-5 on the power play while Ottawa was 0-for-4.
10/10 01:06:57 ET