NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Toronto
(Tuesday, November 2nd)
Final Score: Ottawa 3, Toronto 2
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Mike Fisher scored on a penalty shot while Brian Elliott was sharp with 33 saves, as the Ottawa Senators jumped out to a three-goal lead and held on for a 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre.
Sergei Gonchar and Erik Karlsson both posted a goal and an assist for the Senators, who have won three of their last four games overall.
"We sat back in the third and tried to protect the lead a little too much, but a win is a win," said Senators head coach Cory Clouston.
Clarke MacArthur contributed a goal with an assist and Jean-Sebastien Giguere allowed three goals on 24 shots in the losing effort. The Maple Leafs have lost three straight and six of their last seven. Since it opened the season with four consecutive victories, Toronto is 1-5-1.
Francois Beauchemin also tallied for the Maple Leafs.
"When we finally scored, we relaxed a little bit, and you could see the difference," said Toronto head coach Ron Wilson. "We just got to build on it. We're so caught up in this thing we can't score...we're so tight and not relaxing around the net."
Fisher's successful penalty shot -- after he was hauled down from behind on a breakaway by Leafs defenseman Mike Komisarek -- opened the scoring at the 17:06 mark of the first period.
A pair of power-play goals in the second stanza staked the visitors to a three-goal advantage.
First, at 7:33, Gonchar's shot from the right point lit the lamp after the Sens gained the 5-on-4 advantage due to an elbowing minor called on Toronto's Luca Caputi.
Less than a minute later, the Leafs were again whistled for a minor infraction. This time, it was enforcer Colton Orr who went to the box for roughing. With 24 seconds to go on that penalty, Karlsson's third goal of the season made it 3-0.
Gonchar held control at the right point and passed across the blue line for a one-timer by Karlsson from the left side. Chris Neil was planted at the top of the crease and provided the screen as the shot sailed behind Giguere.
Beauchemin's second tally of the campaign cut the Toronto deficit to 3-1 at 5:15 of the final stanza. The puck was loose in the crease after a shot from the left point and Beauchemin pushed it over the goal line.
The Leafs drew within one inside the final minute of regulation. Chris Kelly was off for a two-minute hooking minor and the Leafs cashed in -- with Giguere on the bench in favor of an extra attacker -- to make things interesting when MacArthur's one-timer from midair off a rebound from the bottom of the right circle lit the lamp.
Toronto had another power play for the final 31 seconds after David Hale lifted the puck out of play, but Elliott and the Sens held on for the win.
Toronto captain Dion Phaneuf left the game with a cut on his left leg and was taken to a hospital for further treatment. His is considered day-to-day...It was MacArthur's seventh goal of the season, tying him with Phil Kessel for the club lead...Ottawa snapped a five-game skid overall against the Leafs dating back to a 3-2 win on November 17, 2009...The Sens were 2-for-4 on the power play, while the Leafs ended 1-for-5 with the extra skater.
11/03 03:06:28 ET