NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, October 10th (All times eastern)
Toronto Maple Leafs (0-1-1) at Ottawa Senators (2-0-0), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - After treating fans to the first shootout in National Hockey League history, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators meet up for the second time in the young season this evening at Corel Centre.
Last Wednesday in Toronto, Daniel Alfredsson and Dany Heatley both scored in the shootout, as the Senators rallied for a season-opening 3-2 victory against the Leafs.
The contest was the latest renewal of the "Battle of Ontario." In 2003-04 the Leafs won the season series and then defeated the Senators in the first round of the playoffs.
Ottawa is 2-0 on the season, as the Sens pounded Buffalo, 5-0, on Saturday in their home opener. Dany Heatley scored his first two goals with the Senators and Wade Redden had a goal and two assists to lead the whitewash.
Dominik Hasek made 35 saves to record his first shutout of the season for Ottawa. Hasek, in his first season with the Senators after signing during the summer of 2004, registered his 64th career shutout.
Heatley, who was acquired from Atlanta in an offseason trade, also had an assist and Jason Spezza added a goal and an assist for the Senators, who recorded three power-play goals, one short-handed tally and another at even strength.
Ottawa will visit Montreal on Tuesday.
Toronto, meanwhile, lost to Montreal, 5-4, on Saturday. Mike Ribeiro scored the game winning goal with 4:27 left in the game to lead the Canadiens.
Nik Antropov and Matthew Stajan had third period goals for Toronto, which received 20 saves from goaltender Ed Belfour.
Toronto, of course, remains without center Mats Sundin, who is sidelined indefinitely with a fractured orbital bone suffered opening night.
The Maple Leafs will host Philadelphia on Tuesday.
10/10 10:32:07 ET