NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Toronto
(Saturday, November 17th)
Final Score: Toronto 3, Ottawa 0
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Vesa Toskala stopped all 24 shots faced and Darcy Tucker scored the game-winning goal as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Ottawa Senators, 3-0, at Air Canada Centre.
Toskala, who was acquired in the offseason from the San Jose Sharks, recorded his ninth career shutout and first as a Leaf.
"I think we played a full 60 minutes," Toskala said. "We didn't have any breakdowns. They're a good team. We held them to very few scoring chances."
Mats Sundin and Jiri Tlusty also tallied for Toronto, which snapped a brief three-game losing skid. Bryan McCabe and Tomas Kaberle chipped in with a pair of assists in the victory.
Martin Gerber made 15 saves for the Senators, who lost for only the second time in their last 12 games.
After a scoreless first period, both teams continued to play it close with good defense for most of the second, with neither team had many quality chances. However, Toronto managed to get on the board with 45 seconds left in the frame while on the power play.
With Luke Richardson in the box serving a holding infraction, the Maple Leafs went to work. Kaberle carried the puck into the Senators zone, slammed on the brakes at the right point, then found McCabe in the middle point. McCabe's low slap shot was handled by Gerber, but the rebound came right to Tucker who put it home to give the Maple Leafs the lead heading into the second intermission.
Sundin tallied a power play goal 6:43 into the third with Wade Redden off the ice serving an interference penalty. Sundin took a feed from McCabe and blasted a slap shot from the right circle that got between the pads of Gerber to put the Leafs up 2-0.
Tlusty added a goal with 4:05 left in the game.
"I don't think Toronto was doing anything special tonight," Redden said. "We were not forechecking, getting the puck into their end. That's our forte. That's the way we play."
Attendance was 19,596...Toronto will host the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night, while Ottawa will play at Montreal on Monday...Sundin now has points in five straight games and in 18 of 21 contests this season...Ottawa's John Paddock coached his 300th career NHL game.
11/17 22:29:09 ET