NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Ottawa
(Saturday, December 17th)
Final Score: Ottawa 8, Toronto 2
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza and Wade Redden each scored a goal and had two assists, as the Ottawa Senators dominated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 8-2, at the Corel Centre.
The Senators set a franchise record by scoring six power-play goals in downing the Leafs for the fourth time in four meetings this season.
Dany Heatley and Bryan Smolinski each added a goal and an assist for Ottawa, which won for only the second time in the past five games. Dominik Hasek made 27 saves in the victory.
Ed Belfour allowed eight goals on 43 shots, and for his fifth straight start was denied moving past Hall of Famer Terry Sawchuk for second on the NHL's all-time wins list. Belfour remains stuck on 447 wins.
"It was very frustrating, too many penalties on our part and things went their way," said Belfour. "I felt good, but we just took too many penalties. They work hard as a team and they battle for all loose pucks and it seems like they have had some really good games against us. We need to focus on the next time that we play them and find a way to play harder."
Mariusz Czerkawski netted his first goal in a Toronto uniform, but the Leafs lost for the fourth time in their last five games.
Czerkawski gave the Leafs a 1-0 lead 4:37 into the opening period with his first goal of the season. Bryan McCabe ripped a slap shot from the point that Hasek stopped, but Czerkawski was outside of the crease to tap the puck home for the power-play goal.
With 1:30 left in the first period, Heatley evened the score at 1-1 with a power-play tally. Alfredsson fired a wrist shot from the slot that Belfour stopped with his left pad. The rebound went to Heatley at the right side of the net and after his first attempt was stopped, his second chance found the back of the net.
Eight minutes into the second stanza, Smolinski made a centering pass from the right end boards to Mike Fisher, who was left all alone in front and he easily backhanded the puck past Belfour for the 2-1 Ottawa lead.
Redden gave the Sens a 3-1 edge, scoring a power-play goal at the 11:05 mark. His shot from the center point beat Belfour top right corner past his glove.
With 2:42 remaining in the second, Spezza put Ottawa up 4-1 with a power-play goal. Spezza beat Belfour stick side with a quick slap shot from the left face-off circle.
"We played hard and they played hard," said Spezza. "The puck went in for us tonight. We wanted too rebound after our last game and those goals at the end were great, but it was a tough game for a while."
At 5:16 of the third period, McCabe beat Hasek top shelf on his stick side, putting the Leafs down 4-2.
Thirty-seven seconds later, Smolinski gave the Senators the three-goal lead back, scoring a bad-angle goal. The center darted into the Toronto zone on the right side and beat Belfour with a weak snap shot.
Alfredsson, Antoine Vermette and Chris Kelly scored late in the third to account for the final margin.
Ottawa had 11 power play chances to Toronto's six (1-for-6)...Spezza now has 34 assists on the season...The Sens have 48 points in the first 30 games, tying them for third all-time in history for total points after the first 30 games of a season...Senators right wing Brandon Bochenski left the game in the second period with a right shoulder injury and did not return.
12/17 23:51:15 ET