NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Toronto
(Saturday, February 2nd)
Final Score: Toronto 4, Ottawa 2
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Jason Blake had a goal and assist, as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat division-rival Ottawa, 4-2, at Air Canada Centre.
Toronto came into Saturday's game the last-place team in the Northeast Division, with 49 points. Ottawa was at the top, with 68 points, and had won three of four against the Leafs this season.
But Toronto won its second in a row against Ottawa, as Carlo Colaiacovo, Jiri Tlusty, and Dominic Moore all found the back of the net. Vesa Toskala made 19 saves for the Maple Leafs, who additionally snapped a three-game losing streak.
Nick Foligno and Christopher Neil both scored for Ottawa, which has lost two in a row. Ray Emery allowed all four goals on 26 shots, and Randy Robitaille had two assists.
"We didn't stay out of the penalty box. We took penalties that we shouldn't have (taken)," Ottawa center Mike Fisher said.
After a scoreless second period, Neil evened up the game shortly into the third. A rebound bounced to the left of the net, where Neil collected it and attempted a short shot into the corner of the net.
Toskala made the save, but Neil got that rebound, and went wide around the goaltender for the score, tying the game at two goals apiece just 1:32 into the frame.
But almost three minutes later, Colaiacovo notched his first goal of the season and put Toronto back on top. Robert Earl backhanded a pass across the crease, and Colaiacovo one-timed it past Emery.
At the 8:08 mark, Blake gave the Leafs a 4-2 lead. He had just started a shift when he rushed through the slot, accepted a pass, and fooled Emery on a short shot.
Toskala made the lead stand, as he saved 11 Senators shots in the third period.
"We felt confident going into the third period," Colaiacovo said. "After they tied the game, everyone was up on the bench, and we felt good that we could come back and win the game."
Moore started the scoring at the 9:32 mark of the opening period, capitalizing on a turnover by Luke Richardson in the Ottawa defensive zone. Richardson's clearing attempt from behind the net ricocheted back into the crease, and Moore was right there to put it in the net.
Tlusty's power-play goal gave Toronto a two-goal lead at the 14:27 mark, but Foligno scored less than a minute later to trim the Leafs' lead to 2-1 at the end of the first period.
Toronto was not whistled for a single penalty...The Maple Leafs were 1-for-6 on the power play...Ottawa plays at Montreal on Tuesday...Matthew Stajan had two assists for the Leafs, who host Florida on Tuesday.
02/02 22:09:54 ET