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Ottawa Senators 0, Toronto Maple Leafs 2 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Ottawa Senators 0, Toronto Maple Leafs 2 FINAL
Ottawa Senators 0, Toronto Maple Leafs 2

TORONTO (AP) _ The Toronto Maple Leafs blamed themselves for the series-opening loss to the Ottawa Senators.

They were determined not to repeat their poor play in Game 2.

Gary Roberts scored twice and Ed Belfour stopped all 31 shots as the Maple Leafs beat the Senators 2-0 Saturday night to even the first-round playoff series.

Mats Sundin assisted on both goals for the Maple Leafs, who had 26 shots after managing just 17 Thursday in the 4-2 loss in Game 1.

``I don't think any of us had a very good game the first night out,'' Belfour said. ``We all tried to be better.''

Fans chanted 'Eddie! Eddie!' throughout as Belfour recorded his 12th career shutout in the playoffs, and his 83rd win, tying him with New Jersey's Martin Brodeur for first place among active goaltenders.

Belfour made his best save during an Ottawa power play in the third period, robbing Daniel Alfredsson of a goal with a glove save.

``Eddie gives us a chance to win every night and he did it again,'' Roberts said.

The Maple Leafs were inspired by some early hits. Toronto enforcer Tie Domi had the biggest, sending Marian Hossa to the ice with a crushing check.

``We tried to be a lot more physical than we were in Game 1. We were a little stiff, a little emotionless,'' Roberts said. ``We were much better in the first. We had some big key hits early in the game.''

Ottawa, which went 0-for-6 on the power-play, will host Games 3 and 4 of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference series on Monday and Wednesday. The Senators have been eliminated by their provincial rivals in each of their last three playoff meetings.

``They played better and that's what we expected,'' Ottawa defenseman Zdeno Chara said. ``Eddie was outstanding. We played a good game, but we just didn't score.''

Darcy Tucker gave Toronto a spark by returning from a 14-game absence, resulting from an abdomen injury. Defenseman Ken Klee also rejoined the lineup after missing eight games because of a shoulder injury.

``They both gave us a big spark,'' Toronto defenseman Bryan McCabe said. ``Kenny was solid defensively and Tucker was his usual self, running people over and playing really hard. He's a spark plug, a little pest.''

McCabe tied up an Ottawa defenseman before Roberts put a wrist shot between Patrick Lalime's pads at 10:40 of the first.

Roberts made it 2-0 when he scored while Toronto had a two-man advantage.

Just five seconds after Alfredsson received a roughing penalty in the second period, Chara was called for cross-checking. Toronto defenseman Brian Leetch put a slap shot off Lalime before Roberts put the rebound in at 6:02.

Ottawa scored the tying and go-ahead goals on Thursday after Toronto received two consecutive penalties.

scoring summary
1st Period
10:40
TOR
Gary Roberts (1) ASST: Mats Sundin (1)
1 - 0 TOR
2nd Period
06:02
TOR
PPG - Gary Roberts (2) ASST: Brian Leetch (2), Mats Sundin (2)
2 - 0 TOR
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
02:59
OTT
Anton Volchenkov  Slashing against  Tie Domi
07:50
OTT
Anton Volchenkov  Boarding against  Alexei Ponikarovsky
11:14
TOR
Nik Antropov  Tripping against  Marian Hossa
19:15
TOR
Alexei Ponikarovsky  Tripping against  Todd White
2nd Period
01:55
OTT
Peter Schaefer  Hi-sticking against  Nik Antropov
03:05
TOR
Alexander Mogilny  Hooking against  Todd White
03:05
OTT
Todd White  Diving against  Alexander Mogilny
05:17
OTT
Daniel Alfredsson  Roughing against  Bryan Marchment
05:23
OTT
Zdeno Chara  Cross checking against  Gary Roberts
10:25
OTT
Zdeno Chara  Slashing against  Bryan McCabe
13:08
TOR
Robert Reichel  Holding - Obstruction against  Todd White
3rd Period
00:48
TOR
Brian Leetch  Tripping against  Vaclav Varada
02:01
TOR
Nik Antropov  Cross checking against  Peter Bondra
05:27
OTT
Vaclav Varada  Diving against  Mats Sundin
05:27
OTT
Vaclav Varada  Roughing against  Mats Sundin
05:27
TOR
Mats Sundin  Roughing against  Todd White
05:27
TOR
Mats Sundin  Roughing against  Todd White
05:57
TOR
Alexei Ponikarovsky  Interference - Obstruction against  Peter Schaefer
17:21
OTT
Brian Pothier  Tripping against  Tie Domi
20:00
OTT
Greg De Vries  Roughing against  Thomas Fitzgerald
20:00
OTT
Chris Neil  Hi-sticking against  Tie Domi
20:00
OTT
Chris Neil  Roughing against  Tie Domi
20:00
TOR
Tie Domi  Roughing against  Chris Neil
20:00
TOR
Thomas Fitzgerald  Roughing against  Greg De Vries
goalie stats
Patrick Lalime
SA: 26TOI: 59:42
Saves: 24EV: 17 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .923SH: 2 - 2
Ed Belfour
SA: 31TOI: 60:00
Saves: 31EV: 21 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 9
SV%: 1.000SH: 1 - 1