NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Thursday, October 5th (All times eastern)
Toronto Maple Leafs (0-1-0) at Ottawa Senators (1-0-0), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators try to post a home-and-home sweep of their rivals tonight when they welcome the Toronto Maple Leafs to Scotiabank Place.
Both teams began their seasons on Wednesday night in Toronto, and the Senators skated off with a 4-1 victory.
Patrick Eaves had a goal and an assist and newcomer Martin Gerber made 33 saves to lead the road effort. The Senators took a 3-0 lead in the match and never looked back.
Chris Neil, Christoph Schubert and Daniel Alfredsson also scored for the Senators.
The opening win was comforting for the Senators, who saw some key changes occur this offseason. Zdeno Chara, Martin Havlat and Dominik Hasek are all wearing different sweaters this season, and the Sens are once again coming off an early playoff exit.
The Senators open a three-game homestand tonight and will host Buffalo on Saturday.
Mats Sundin had the lone goal for Toronto, which fell behind by three goals and never got back into the game. Andrew Raycroft, who was obtained via trade from Boston on draft day, made 32 saves in a losing effort.
Sundin's tally came on a penalty shot after he was hauled down on a breakaway attempt. His shot through Gerber's legs barely trickled over the line.
Sundin did draw closer to a significant milestone, as he has 497 career goals and is now three shy of the 500 mark.
Toronto will host Montreal on Saturday.
The Senators continued their recent dominance over the Leafs, as they won for the eighth time in the last nine meetings.
Toronto has lost in its last four trips to Scotiabank Place.
10/05 10:30:00 ET