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NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Ottawa
(Saturday, December 7th)
Final Score: Toronto 4, Ottawa 3 (SO)
Ottawa, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - James van Riemsdyk scored 97 seconds into the game and again in a shootout, and the Toronto Maple Leafs got their first road victory since October with a 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.
The Senators rallied from a 3-1 deficit with third-period goals by Erik Condra and Erik Karlsson, but Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer stopped Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek in the shootout.
Van Riemsdyk beat Craig Anderson with a backhand and Mason Raymond slipped a shot past the Ottawa goalie's glove to give the Maple Leafs their second win in a row on the heels of a five-game losing streak.
"I've gotten better at the little things and have picked up some tricks," said van Riemsdyk. "I like being down low and fighting for the puck, it's where I like to be and it's been paying off."
They had lost seven in a row on the road since a win at Calgary on Oct. 30.
Phil Kessel and Jake Gardiner scored in the victory and Reimer had 47 saves.
Clarke MacArthur also scored for the Senators, who fell to 3-7-1 in their last 11 games. They have lost five in a row and eight of their last nine against the Maple Leafs.
"We fell a little short tonight, but there was a lot of positive for us," said MacArthur. "They found a way to score on some opportunities, but I think we outplayed them here."
The teams combined for 31 shots in the first period but just two goals -- both on the power play. Van Riemsdyk scored his 13th of the season on a loose puck in front of the crease and MacArthur tied it at 9:44 on a one-timer from the slot.
Kessel got his 16th goal on an odd-man rush 3:05 into the second period and Gardiner made it 3-1 with his first of the season through traffic from the right side at the 11:37 mark of the period.
Condra's wrister from the slot came 2:23 into the third period and Karlsson tied the game at 3-3 with 9:30 left on a power play, firing the puck past Reimer on a one-timer from the low right side.
Van Riemsdyk had two assists ... The Maple Leafs are home against Boston on Sunday ... The Senators remain home to play Philadelphia on Monday.
12/08 01:48:54 ET