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Maple Leafs 5, Senators 4

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM

Associated Press

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Maple Leafs 5, Senators 4
Toronto Maple Leafs 5, Ottawa Senators 4

OTTAWA (AP) -Nothing has fazed the Toronto Maple Leafs lately. Not a slew of injuries or a less-than-bright postseason outlook.

Kyle Wellwood, Alex Steen, Darcy Tucker, Jiri Tlusty and Matt Stajan all scored for the Maple Leafs, who gave their playoff hopes a boost with a 5-4 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.

"We're showing what keeping the faith can do for a team," Steen said. "We don't quit."

More impressive than the Leafs' six straight road wins, is the fact they're winning without captain Mats Sundin and Nik Antropov.

The Leafs have won four straight against the Senators, and the teams will meet once more in the regular season. Toronto is 12th in the Eastern Conference and trails Philadelphia and Boston, tied at the postseason cutoff, by four points.

"This was a big win for us," Stajan said. "We're battling for our lives, and with the injuries we have we're showing what kind of guys we have. We're not going to give up."

Giveaways and turnovers cost the Senators, especially in the third period when the Leafs scored two goals in a span of 41 seconds to take the lead.

"Breakdowns, once in a while you take advantage. When you don't, you lose hockey games," Ottawa coach Bryan Murray said. "The two goals they got is from passes to two of their guys."

Daniel Alfredsson, Cory Stillman, Martin Lapointe, Dany Heatley scored for the Senators, and Martin Gerber stopped 29 shots.

Fifth-place Ottawa is two points behind New Jersey, but only one ahead of the New York Rangers.

Alfredsson opened the scoring 2:56 in when he caught goalie Vesa Toskala out of position.

Toronto tied it on Wellwood's power-play goal 4:14 into the second and took the lead when Steen was left alone in the slot, beating Gerber low glove side at 12:39.

Ottawa then scored three goals in a span of 2:27, tallying twice on the power play.

 

Stillman tied it 2-2 when he got two chances at the side of the net. Just 58 seconds later, the Leafs were caught out of position and Lapointe was left alone to beat Toskala.

Heatley made it 4-2 with his 37th goal. The Leafs salvaged the period, however, scoring with 54 seconds remaining when Tucker put in a rebound.

The Leafs rode the momentum into the third and scored twice in a span of 41 seconds to regain the lead.

Ottawa hadn't lost in regulation this season when leading after two periods.

"It's frustrating when you get a two-goal lead and blow it," forward Jason Spezza said. "You've got to be able to hold onto a lead going into the stretch drive."

Poor defensive play by the Senators allowed Tlusty to draw out Gerber and beat him on the backhand. Seconds later, a bad giveaway cost Ottawa when Stajan made it 5-4.

"We know we can play better," Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson said. "If we want to win down the stretch and in the playoffs we can't give up goals like that."

Ottawa had a power play in the final minutes and pressured to get the tying goal, but Heatley, who fired a shot with seconds left, hit the post just after the whistle.

Ottawa lost Chris Kelly near the 7-minute mark when he injured his left foot during a scrum in front of Gerber.

Notes: With his 10th consecutive start, Gerber tied his career high - set when he playing with the Carolina Hurricanes.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:56
OTT
Daniel Alfredsson (38) ASST: Mike Commodore (10), Jason Spezza (54)
1 - 0 OTT
2nd Period
04:14
TOR
PPG - Kyle Wellwood (8) ASST: Pavel Kubina (24), Alexei Ponikarovsky (15)
1 - 1 Tie
12:39
TOR
PPG - Alexander Steen (14) ASST: Alexei Ponikarovsky (16), Kyle Wellwood (12)
2 - 1 TOR
15:04
OTT
PPG - Cory Stillman (24) ASST: Jason Spezza (55), Christoph Schubert (14)
2 - 2 Tie
16:02
OTT
Martin Lapointe (5) ASST: Mike Fisher (24), Christoph Schubert (15)
3 - 2 OTT
17:31
OTT
PPG - Dany Heatley (37) ASST: Andrej Meszaros (25), Cory Stillman (38)
4 - 2 OTT
19:06
TOR
Darcy Tucker (17) ASST: Pavel Kubina (25), Tomas Kaberle (44)
4 - 3 OTT
3rd Period
01:33
TOR
Jiri Tlusty (7) ASST: Dominic Moore (12)
4 - 4 Tie
02:14
TOR
Matt Stajan (16) ASST: Jason Blake (34), Darcy Tucker (13)
5 - 4 TOR
penalty summary
1st Period
00:36
TOR
Matt Stajan  Roughing against  Mike Fisher
04:02
TOR
Darcy Tucker  Interference against  Cory Stillman
04:02
OTT
Chris Neil  Boarding against  Mark Bell
05:47
OTT
Mike Fisher  Delaying the game
09:40
TOR
Alexei Ponikarovsky  Holding the stick against  Chris Neil
2nd Period
02:44
OTT
Antoine Vermette  Tripping against  Matt Stajan
05:20
TOR
Jason Blake  Boarding against  Chris Phillips
11:48
OTT
Chris Neil  Roughing against  Alexander Steen
13:39
TOR
Mark Bell  Tripping against  Mike Commodore
16:41
TOR
Pavel Kubina  Hooking against  Mike Fisher
3rd Period
03:09
OTT
Shean Donovan  Instigator - Misconduct
03:09
OTT
Shean Donovan  Instigator against  Staffan Kronwall
03:09
OTT
Christoph Schubert  Tripping against  Alexei Ponikarovsky
03:09
TOR
Jason Blake  Roughing against  Christoph Schubert
03:09
TOR
Staffan Kronwall  Fighting (maj) against  Shean Donovan
03:09
OTT
Shean Donovan  Fighting (maj) against  Staffan Kronwall
05:47
OTT
Dany Heatley  Diving against  Alexander Steen
05:47
TOR
Anton Stralman  Hooking against  Dany Heatley
18:33
TOR
Ian White  Hooking against  Jason Spezza
20:00
OTT
Daniel Alfredsson  Roughing against  Bryan McCabe
20:00
OTT
Mike Fisher  Roughing against  Bryan McCabe
20:00
OTT
Mike Fisher  Misconduct (10 min) against  Bryan McCabe
20:00
TOR
Bryan McCabe  Roughing against  Daniel Alfredsson
goalie stats
Vesa Toskala
SA: 36TOI: 60:00
Saves: 32EV: 25 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 8
SV%: .889SH: 1 - 1
Martin Gerber
SA: 34TOI: 58:30
Saves: 29EV: 22 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 8
SV%: .853SH: 1 - 1