NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Toronto|
(Wednesday, March 6th)
Final Score: Toronto 5, Ottawa 4
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Phil Kessel posted a goal and two assists as
the Toronto Maple Leafs held on for a 5-4 win over the Ottawa Senators on
James van Riemsdyk and Tyler Bozak each gave a goal and an assist for the
Maple Leafs, who have won four of their past five games. James Reimer gave up
four goals on 43 shots in the win.
"I think we've been doing a lot of good things here and we've been getting
paid off with our work," said Toronto defenseman Dion Phaneuf. "With this
short season every point is needed, and we want to keep building what we've
been working on."
Zack Smith posted a goal and an assist, while Colin Greening, Daniel
Alfredsson and Mika Zibanejad also scored for the Senators, who are 0-2-2
during a five-game road trip. Ben Bishop gave up all five goals on 28 shots in
"We played good at the end there, but the whole we had dug ourselves was too
deep," said Alfredsson. "They were getting a lot of pressure on us early and
by the time we figured it out we were down by three goals."
Toronto held a 5-2 lead, but Alfredsson cut it to two goals at the 12:08 mark
of the third period as his wrister from the left circle off a feed by Smith
beat Reimer for his fifth of the season.
With Bishop pulled for an extra attacker, the Senators made it a one-goal game
with 1:57 to play off a backhander from Greening in front of the net, but the
team was unable to net the equalizer.
Toronto took a 1-0 lead at the 6:24 mark of the first period when Bozak's one-
timer from the slot deflected off a Senator and floated into the net.
It was a 2-0 game just 56 seconds later as Nikolai Kulemin grabbed the puck
along the right boards and lost it on a shot attempt from down low, but it
went to the slot where Jay McClement one-timed it home.
The Maple Leafs took a 3-0 lead just 80 seconds into the second on van
Riemsdyk's 13th of the season when he jammed home a rebound from the left
side, but the Senators got a goal 1:28 later as Zibanejad slammed in a rebound
from in front.
Ottawa cut its deficit to one just 1:40 into the third period on a goal from
Smith, but Kessel added a power-play goal just two minutes later and Nazem
Kadri's big blast off a turnover in the slot halfway through the frame gave
the Leafs a 5-2 advantage.
Toronto plays at Boston on Thursday ... Ottawa wraps up its five-game road
trip in New York against the Rangers on Friday ... Toronto has taken two of
the three meetings with Ottawa this season ... Toronto was 1-for-2 on the
power play, while Ottawa went 0-for-1 ...Ottawa's Dave Dziurzynski left
early in the game with an injury after a fight with Frazer McLaren.
03/06 23:47:34 ET