OTTAWA -- Ottawa Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond remained undefeated in regulation as an NHL starter, and Kyle Turris had his second straight two-goal game to help the Senators to a 5-3 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday.
The Senators (36-24-11) trail the Boston Bruins by one point for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.
Hammond, who made 22 saves, is 13-0-1 as a starter for Ottawa, which has won six games in a row.
"We can’t really worry about what [Boston] is doing. We just need to keep going," Hammond said. "We all know that’s the team we’re chasing, but we can’t let that frustrate us, that they’re still picking up points. Luckily we were able to pick up another point tonight."
Senators forwards Milan Michalek and Matt Puempel left the game. Michalek took a hit from Toronto defenseman Eric Brewer, who was playing his 1,000th game in the NHL. Puempel left after blocking a shot.
Turris' 20th goal at 19:08 of the second period on a power play gave the Senators a 4-3 lead. With Erixon off for high sticking, Turris took a pass inside the top of the right-wing circle from Karlsson and scored through a crowd in front of the net.
"We’ve just got to keep winning," Turris said.
With the game tied after two periods, Turris said the message in the Ottawa dressing room was simple.
"Play within our system," he said. "We’re confident in what we do, and when we get away from it is when we struggle. Just calming down, not getting out of what we do. I think we got back to that in the third."
The Maple Leafs fought back to tie the game 3-3 on goals by Komarov at 4:30 of the second period and Erixon at 15:32.
It was another game when the Maple Leafs' top offensive players were absent from the score sheet.
"Except for the second period I think for the most part we played better than they did," Karlsson said. "We wanted it more. We made it tough for their top lines. They couldn’t really get any quality scoring chances on us."
Lindstrom tipped a shot by Toronto defenseman Dion Phaneuf past Hammond at 2:42 of the second period to cut Ottawa’s lead to 2-1.
Lazar gave the Senators’ a 3-1 lead 27 seconds later with his fourth goal on a shot to the top corner off the rush.
Komarov scored to make it 3-2; the teams combined for three goals in 2:48.
The Senators led 2-0 in the first period on Hoffman's 25th goal and Karlsson's 19th.
"I thought the guys worked to get back in it," he said. "That’s the positive thing you’re going to take out of it. We still, at the inappropriate times, had a couple of turnovers that went the wrong way. They jumped with four guys and got chances and too many shots.
"At the end, when we got back into the game, the shots were pretty close. The third period there wasn’t enough push. When they scored that power-play goal at the end of the second period, that was a real dagger."
Horachek said one of the bright spots for the Maple Leafs was the play of forward Zach Sill. The 26-year-old, acquired in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Feb. 25, fought with Senators Eric Gryba and Mark Borowiecki.
He fought Borowiecki in the third period after he hit Toronto forward Richard Panik with a hard, open-ice check.
"I’m trying to put my right foot forward, make a good impression with everyone, the coaching staff, the brass, the guys in the room, too," Sill said. "Be that guy they can count on, given chances like tonight when I can drop my gloves and show them I care."
Horachek said, "I’ll tell you what, he’s got the most heart I've seen in a long time. This kid is just hard and excited and enthusiastic. I just love his approach to the game. He comes to the rink happy and battles every day, he sticks up for his teammates. He does his job the right way.
"He can skate and hit and he’s into the games. He’s vocal on the bench. I’m really happy with him."