NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Ottawa
(Tuesday, November 6th)
Final Score: Ottawa 5, Toronto 1
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Patrick Eaves and Chris Kelly each posted a goal and an assist to lead the Ottawa Senators past the Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-1, at Scotiabank Place.
Defenseman Andrej Meszaros also chipped in with a goal and a helper while Martin Gerber made 30 saves for the red-hot Senators, who have won eight straight to set a franchise record.
The Senators are 13-1-0 this season, suffering their lone loss October 11 at home against Carolina.
"The start we had was the reason we won tonight," said Kelly. "We have an intense rivalry with them and we always know these games are going to be difficult, so getting to them early made a big difference."
The Senators have now beaten Toronto in 15 of the last 19 meetings.
Vesa Toskala started between the pipes for Toronto and gave up four goals on 13 shots and was replaced in the second period by Andrew Raycroft, who ended with seven saves on eight shots.
Nik Antropov tallied the lone goal for the Maple Leafs, who have three losses in their last four games.
Two goals separated by just 47 seconds in the first period gave the Senators control early.
Just 2:59 after the opening faceoff, Chris Phillips took a feed down low from Dany Heatley and lifted the puck just under the crossbar for his second goal of the campaign.
Forty-seven seconds after Phillips' tally, Eaves made it 2-0 as he finished off an odd man rush by flipping the puck over the glove of a sprawled out Toskala.
"We weren't really ready it seemed right from when the puck dropped," Toskala said. "We gave them too many scoring chances. I think we weren't ready tonight. They came at us quickly and scored those two fast goals and it was tough to come back from that start. We tried but it wasn't our night."
Daniel Alfredsson's short-handed goal 1:21 into the second stanza gave Ottawa a three-goal advantage. Dean McAmmond forced a turnover in the neutral zone and skated into Toronto's zone up the right wing. From down low, McAmmond then moved the puck across to Alfredsson, who one-timed the feed past Toskala.
A power-play goal by Meszaros at 8:08 of the second made it 4-0 and chased Toskala from the game as Raycroft entered the contest in relief.
With 5:37 left in the second, Toronto finally got on the board as Antropov netted a power-play goal to make it a three-goal contest.
The Sens regained their four-goal lead at 6:25 of the final frame as Kelly lifted a wrister over the left shoulder of Raycroft for his third tally of the season.
Ottawa improved to 3-0 this season over Toronto and has won seven of the last nine meetings overall in the series...The Senators have scored five short- handed goals this season to lead the league...Mark Bell, who finished serving his 15-game suspension for a drunk driving incident from last September, made his debut with the Leafs and registered no points to go along with 14 penalty minutes.
11/06 23:42:19 ET