NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Ottawa
(Monday, January 23rd)
Final Score: Ottawa 4, Toronto 3
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Daniel Alfredsson recorded a goal and an assist as Ottawa completed a two-game sweep of Toronto with a 4-3 victory at Scotiabank Place.
Dany Heatley set up a pair of goals and Dominik Hasek stopped 23 shots as the Senators kept up their season-long dominance of their Ontario neighbors.
The Senators are 6-0-0 against the Maple Leafs this year, including a 7-0 decision Saturday in Ottawa, and have outscored Toronto 27-5 over the last four meetings between the rivals.
Mike Fisher, Wade Redden and Bryan Smolinski also scored in the win.
"We got contributions from a lot of different people," Fisher said. "That is what we are going to need to be successful."
Tie Domi finished with a goal and an assist for the Leafs, who failed to overcome a 4-1 deficit early in the third period and saw their season-long losing streak reach six games.
The Senators picked up right where they left off in Saturday's encounter, taking a 1-0 lead less than five minutes after the opening faceoff.
Fisher, who scored twice in the teams' last meeting, swooped in from the right side and one-timed a behind-the-net feed from Peter Schaefer through Ed Belfour's legs for the early edge.
Alfredsson made it a two-goal advantage late in the first period. The Ottawa captain created a turnover in the Senators' zone and started an odd-man rush, which Alfredsson ended by tipping home a pinpoint transition pass from Jason Spezza with 3:28 remaining in the session.
The Maple Leafs played much better in the second period, outshooting the Senators 12-5 and netting the lone goal of the frame.
Hasek made a chest save on Tomas Kaberle's wrist shot but couldn't corral the rebound, which came right out to Domi in front. The veteran enforcer promptly jammed the puck into the net at the 8:09 mark to cut Toronto's deficit to 2-1.
Hasek kept it a one-goal margin into the second intermission before the Senators pulled away with two early scores in the third period.
With Ottawa on a power play, Heatley delivered the puck across the crease that was right on the mark, giving Redden an easy goal and the Senators a 3-1 lead 3:08 into the final frame.
"It was a great pass by Heatley to see me there," Redden said. "I ended up getting (the puck) on net which banked in off Eddie."
Less than three minutes later, Smolinski cradled in a pass from Antoine Vermette and broke through the defense before lifting the puck over Belfour's shoulder for the eventual game-winner.
Toronto drew within 4-2 with 8:23 remaining when Kyle Wellwood converted a rebound of his own shot attempt, and Nik Antropov brought the Leafs within one in the game's late stages.
Mats Sundin blasted a slap shot that was saved by Hasek, but couldn't control the puck under his left pad. Antropov whacked it over the goal line with 2:11 left to play.
Toronto pulled Belfour, who made 18 saves, with around 30 seconds to go but failed to come with the equalizer.
The game had a scary moment in the first period when Toronto defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo hit his hit against the boards after a collision with Ottawa's Vaclav Varada. Colaiacovo was carried off on a stretcher for precautionary measures and suffered a concussion.
Ottawa improved to 31-0 this season when scoring four or more goals and 27-0-2 when leading after two periods...Heatley and Alfredsson each extended their point scoring streaks to five games...Toronto's current losing streak is the club's longest since dropping seven in a row from January 3-20, 1997...Alfredsson has eight goals and eight assists against the Leafs this year.
01/24 03:02:26 ET