NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Ottawa
(Monday, February 25th)
Final Score: Toronto 5, Ottawa 0
Ottawa, ON (Sports Network) - Vesa Toskala stopped 31 shots for his third shutout of the season as the Toronto Maple Leafs dominated the Ottawa Senators, 5-0, at Scotiabank Place.
Darcy Tucker scored twice and added an assist, while Matt Stajan added three assists for the Maple Leafs, who have won four of their last five games.
"The underlying truth to tonight's game was that our power play and our penalty killing was near perfect," Toronto coach Paul Maurice said. "We were under-manned coming into this game, but special teams was absolutely the difference. Our goaltender was a huge part of it too."
Tucker, though, was hurt with 10 seconds to play as Ottawa's Christoph Schubert slapped the puck from center ice and it hit off of Tucker's right knee. Tucker dropped to the ice and had to be dragged to the bench and was later carried to the locker room.
Toronto captain Mats Sundin, who scored the first goal of the game, stated on Sunday that he will be staying with Toronto for the rest of the season.
With the NHL trade deadline set for 3 p.m. (et) on Tuesday, Sundin's name was being thrown around as one of the more notable on the trading block. However, he has refused to waive his no-trade clause following a lengthy meeting with his agent J.P. Barry and Leafs general manager Cliff Fletcher on Sunday.
Ray Emery gave up five goals on 21 shots for the Senators, who have dropped five of their last seven games. Emery was pulled after the second period and Martin Gerber finished the contest between the pipes, stopping all six shots he faced.
"It's tough when you get outworked the way we did tonight," Ottawa defenseman Chris Phillips said. "If you lose, 5-0, but play your best, you can hold your head up high, but that wasn't the case for us tonight and that's disappointing."
Ottawa sits atop the Northeast Division with 78 points, three ahead of Montreal, but dropped to second in the Eastern Conference after New Jersey defeated Washington, 2-1, in overtime on Sunday to gain a one-point lead over Ottawa for the top spot in the conference.
The Maple Leafs got on the board at the 8:19 mark of the first period with a power-play goal. Tomas Kaberle held the puck at the top of the left circle and fed it to the low left side, where Sundin swept it into the net for his 26th goal of the year.
Toskala stopped 11 shots in the first period to keep Ottawa off the board.
Toronto exploded for four goals in the second stanza to take control of the contest.
Tucker got things going on the power play at the 6:21 mark, as he accepted a feed from Jason Blake and lofted a slow wrister over the right shoulder of Emery.
Just 2:25 later, Pavel Kubina's shot from the high slot went through traffic and beat Emery to the right corner.
Again on the power play, Tucker got his second goal of the game as he jammed home a loose puck in front of the net.
With just 2:25 left in the frame, Dominic Moore skated down the right wing and from close to the net slipped a low backhander between the pads of Emery for a 5-0 lead.
Toronto plays in Florida on Wednesday...Ottawa plays in Boston on Tuesday...Ottawa won the first three games against Toronto this season, but the Maple Leafs have won the past three...Toskala has 11 shutouts in his career...Sundin's goal was the 549th of his career, which put him in a tie for 22nd place with Ron Francis...Ottawa defenseman Luke Richardson appeared in his 1,400th game.
02/26 00:19:11 ET