NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Toronto
(Saturday, March 10th)
Final Score: Toronto 4, Ottawa 3 (OT)
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Darcy Tucker scored his second goal of the game with 1:49 left in overtime to give the Toronto a big 4-3 win over the Senators at Air Canada Centre.
In the extra frame, Tucker brought the puck into the zone along the right side and fed the puck to the slot where Pavel Kubina immediately sent the disc back over to Tucker, who blasted home a one-timer for the win.
"Of course it was a huge win for us," said Tucker. "Going down 3-1 like we did giving up a shorthanded goal. You could feel a sense of urgency on the bench in overtime. Everyone knew we needed the extra points in the standings."
Boyd Devereaux and Nik Antropov each added a goal for the Maple Leafs, who have won two of their last three games.
Andrew Raycroft finished the game with 19 saves for Toronto, which now sits in the ninth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race with 75 points. Carolina also has 75 points, but has one more win.
Daniel Alfredsson had a goal and an assist and Jason Spezza had two helpers for the Senators, who have lost four of their last five games.
"We have to address how to play with the lead," said Wade Redden. "How tough it is to paly with the lead. You can't sit back and wait for the time to run out on the clock."
Ray Emery made 41 saves for Ottawa, which sits in the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference with 85 points, one ahead of the Penguins.
Toronto was trailing, 3-1, in the third period, but made it a one-goal game in the third when Devereaux fired a slap shot through a screen and over the left shoulder of Emery 9:09 in.
Toronto forced overtime when Antropov backhanded a shot from the low slot past Emery with 4:02 left in regulation.
Ottawa took a 1-0 lead in the first when Redden blasted a shot from the point that was knocked down in front and Alfredsson tapped in the loose puck in front with 5:54 left in the first.
Emery turned aside all 14 shots in he faced in the opening period.
The Senators made it a 2-0 game in the second with a power-play goal. With Alexei Ponikarovsky in the box for hooking, Alfredsson sent a pass from the low left side of the net to the inside left circle where Mike Fisher's one- timer beat Raycroft on the glove side 8:01 in.
Toronto cut its deficit in half with a 5-on-3 goal by Tucker. Bryan McCabe had the puck at the top of the right circle and slid it to Mats Sundin, who from the left side slid the disc across the net to Tucker, who blasted a one-timer by Emery with 3:28 left in the second.
Ottawa, though, got the goal back in the final minute of the second when Spezza won a left circle faceoff and got the puck to Dany Heatley, who rifled a one-timer from the slot under the glove of Raycroft for a 3-1 advantage.
Toronto hosts Tampa Bay on Tuesday...Ottawa travels to New York for a game against the Rangers on Tuesday...Ottawa went 1-for-3 on the power play while Toronto finished 1-for-5...Tucker has 22 goals on the season...Heatley has a 14-game point streak, 11 goals and 10 assists during that run...Toronto forward Kyle Wellwood returned to action after missing 33 games with a sports hernia.
03/10 23:16:51 ET