NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Ottawa
(Thursday, March 8th)
Final Score: Ottawa 5, Toronto 1
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Mike Fisher and Dean McAmmond scored a pair of goals each as Ottawa cruised past Toronto, 5-1, in the first game of a home- and-home set at Scotiabank Place.
Daniel Alfredsson recorded three assists, while Jason Spezza notched two for the Senators, who have won five of seven against Toronto this season and 12 of the last 15 overall matchups.
"We kept the pressure on them the entire night," Spezza said. "We kept the puck in deep and we really played aggressively. Toronto wasn't going to give up. They're fighting for their playoff lives."
Ray Emery stopped 28 of the 29 shots he faced for his 27th win of the season.
Alexander Steen netted the lone goal for the Maple Leafs, who have dropped six of their last nine. Andrew Raycroft made 35 saves in defeat. The loss prevented the Leafs from taking sole possession of the eighth and final playoff spot in the East. Toronto remains tied with idle Carolina at 73 points.
"We had a couple chances to put it in during the whole game, not just the first period," Steen said. "We didn't score, we didn't capitalize on our power plays and they did. It's a big story. They got three power play goals and we got nothing. We've got to be better on Saturday for sure."
Both teams will meet again on Saturday at the Air Canada Centre.
Ottawa took a 1-0 lead 5:13 into the first period when Fisher tallied on the power play and gained a two-goal edge when Fisher followed with his second goal of the night -- an 18-foot wrister -- also on the man advantage with 7:24 left.
The Senators increased their lead to 3-0 just 3:51 into the second when McAmmond lit the lamp with a short-handed wrist shot.
Toronto finally got on the scoreboard on Steen's 20-foot wrister at the 10:57 mark, but Ottawa made it a 4-1 affair when Tom Preissing fired a long slapper past Raycroft with 3:12 remaining.
McAmmond's backhander 3:04 into the third period gave the Senators a four-goal advantage and rounded out the scoring.
Ottawa finished 3-for-6 on the power play, while Toronto failed to convert on eight chances...Fisher has scored a goal in seven of the last 12 games...Attendance was 20,018.
03/09 00:14:05 ET