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Ottawa
Senators
43-31-8
Toronto
Maple Leafs
36-35-11
OT
30 SOG
29 SOG
1st2nd3rdOTT
OTT
TOR
game recap

Senators 4, Maple Leafs 3, OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM

Associated Press

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Senators 4, Maple Leafs 3, OT
Ottawa Senators 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 3

TORONTO (AP) -Dany Heatley didn't take long to justify the Ottawa Senators' faith in him.

Heatley tied the game late in the third period and then scored 2:57 into overtime to give the Senators a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night.

Earlier in the day, he and the Senators agreed on a 6-year, $45 million contract extension.

"It was nice, it was nice," Heatley said of his big day. "I had a couple of shots early and didn't get the shots through. It was nice to get a couple of chances in the third (and in overtime) and finish."

Heatley ended the game by burying a wrist shot from the middle of Toronto's zone between the legs of goaltender Andrew Raycroft.

"I didn't see anything on that last goal," Heatley said. "(Mike) Fisher made a great play through traffic and I just tried to get it away as fast as I could and find a hole."

The assist was Fisher's only point of the game.

"Heatley came up big for us, obviously in the third period and overtime, and showed everybody why he's a 50-goal scorer," Fisher said.

Antoine Vermette and Daniel Alfredsson scored for the Senators, who gave John Paddock a win in his first game as their head coach.

"We finally picked up in the third," Paddock said. "We were pretty lackadaisical in the second.

"We have to play better than we did tonight in some aspects of the game, but we found a way to win, which this group has got used to doing. And I'm glad they did it tonight."

He wasn't the least bit surprised Heatley was the hero.

"That's what goal-scorers are," he said. "You saw Brett Hull many nights, you don't think he's got anything and all of sudden he gets two chances and he scores. That's Heater. They were both goal-scorer's goals."

Nik Antropov, who coach Paul Maurice put on the first line with Mats Sundin and Jason Blake, scored twice for the Maple Leafs, while Matt Stajan had the other goal.

"I thought we played a pretty good hockey game," Sundin said. "We did a lot of good things.

"I don't think there was one part of the game that we were outplayed or outmatched. We'll take the point."

Heatley has haunted the Maple Leafs throughout his career. In 25 career games against them, he has 22 goals and 19 assists.

Ottawa has won all four times it has provided the opposition for the Maple Leafs' season opener at Air Canada Centre.

Music from the bagpipes and drums of the 48th Highlanders filled the arena as has been the case at every home opener since Maple Leaf Gardens opened on Nov. 12, 1931.

Vermette opened the scoring at 7:23 with a wrist shot from the circle to the right of Raycroft that went into the far lower corner of the net.

Antropov tied it at 10:39 when his pass to the crease from the side boards deep in Ottawa's end struck Chris Phillips' skate and ricocheted past goaltender Martin Gerber.

Antropov scored again at 13:59. He was unchecked in front of Gerber when Sundin slid him the puck from behind the net and he put it between Gerber's legs.

Alfredsson made it 2-2 at 14:39 when his wrist shot from the top of the circle to the left of Raycroft found the far lower corner of the net.

Raycroft stopped Chris Kelly on a breakaway early in the second period and he came up big during a two-man Ottawa advantage that lasted 65 seconds.

The crowd got on Raycroft after Ottawa's second goal.

"I thought the first two (goals) were tough," Maurice said. "They were good shots but ... clearly he was not loved (by the crowd) early but I think he did a really good job settling into the game, and after that I thought he was very good."

Stajan put Toronto up 3-2 at 15:44 of the second when he slapped a bullet past Gerber from the middle of Ottawa's zone.

Just when it seemed the Maple Leafs might be able to run out the clock, Heatley struck. Andrej Meszaros fed him a cross-ice pass and he buried his shot in the open side of the net at 14:24 to tie it 3-3.

Notes: Ottawa had a 30-29 edge in shots. ... Neither team scored on the power play, Ottawa was 0-for-4, Toronto 0-for-7. ... Sundin had two assists to move within five points of Darryl Sittler's club-record 916. ... NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was in attendance. ... Joe Bowen, who has broadcast play-by-play of Maple Leafs games for 25 years, was honored in a pregame ceremony.

scoring summary
1st Period
07:23
OTT
Antoine Vermette (1) ASST: NONE
1 - 0 OTT
10:39
TOR
Nik Antropov (1) ASST: Jason Blake (1), Mats Sundin (1)
1 - 1 Tie
13:59
TOR
Nik Antropov (2) ASST: Mats Sundin (2), Andy Wozniewski (1)
2 - 1 TOR
14:39
OTT
Daniel Alfredsson (1) ASST: Dany Heatley (1), Jason Spezza (1)
2 - 2 Tie
2nd Period
15:44
TOR
Matt Stajan (1) ASST: Hal Gill (1), Andy Wozniewski (2)
3 - 2 TOR
3rd Period
14:24
OTT
Dany Heatley (1) ASST: Andrej Meszaros (1), Chris Phillips (1)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
02:57
OTT
Dany Heatley (2) ASST: Mike Fisher (1)
4 - 3 OTT
penalty summary
1st Period
00:08
TOR
Nik Antropov  Hooking against  Dany Heatley
07:36
OTT
Andrej Meszaros  Holding against  Alexei Ponikarovsky
15:28
OTT
Joe Corvo  Tripping against  Chad Kilger
15:28
TOR
Kris Newbury  Fighting against  Wade Redden
15:28
OTT
Wade Redden  Fighting against  Kris Newbury
2nd Period
03:50
OTT
Andrej Meszaros  Boarding against  Alexander Steen
07:20
TOR
Bryan McCabe  Tripping against  Shean Donovan
08:15
TOR
Mats Sundin  Slashing against  Jason Spezza
10:26
OTT
Anton Volchenkov  Hooking against  Mats Sundin
13:06
OTT
Chris Phillips  Delay of game
16:42
OTT
Wade Redden  Fighting against  Bates Battaglia
16:42
TOR
Bates Battaglia  Fighting against  Wade Redden
16:42
OTT
Mike Fisher  Hooking against  Boyd Devereaux
3rd Period
07:48
TOR
Nik Antropov  Tripping against  Jason Spezza
11:00
OTT
Andrej Meszaros  Tripping against  Alexei Ponikarovsky
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Martin Gerber
SA: 29TOI: 62:57
Saves: 26EV: 19 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .897SH: 1 - 1
Andrew Raycroft
SA: 30TOI: 62:57
Saves: 26EV: 18 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .867SH: 3 - 3