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Rather than trying to deke the goalie, Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson beat Toskala with shots to give Ottawa a 2-1 victory on Thursday night in a game overshadowed by the Maple Leafs reaching a deal with former Anaheim GM Brian Burke.
Spezza scored on the Senators' first attempt.
"He plays a little deeper than most guys so that was kind of my reasoning behind shooting," Spezza said. "I thought maybe to deke if he came out far, but ... I think he was relying on playing deep and not letting us beat him on a deke."
Alfredsson scored on Ottawa's third attempt to give the Senators their second straight victory.
"Usually, I kind of take it as it goes, but today I just made up my mind to kind of pull it in and then go high glove," Alfredsson said.
"Toskala stood on his head but Auldie's just been rock solid for us," Spezza said. "He hasn't allowed too many goals, his numbers are great, he's playing with a lot of confidence and he seems to be a guy who's really seeing the puck well and playing really well for us right now."
Mike Fisher returned to the Senators' lineup and opened the scoring early in the first. Kulemin drew Toronto even moments later.
Toskala stopped 34 shots to help the Maple Leafs earn a standings point despite extending their losing streak to five (0-3-2).
"He was awesome for us," rookie defenseman Luke Schenn said. "He definitely gave us a chance to win."
Off the ice, Burke and the Maple Leafs agreed to a six-year deal for the former Ducks general manager to take over as president and GM, The Associated Press learned Thursday night. Burke spent the past three-plus seasons with the Ducks, leading them to a Stanley Cup title in 2007. He'll replace Cliff Fletcher, hired as interim general manager following the firing of John Ferguson in January.
Ottawa outshot Toronto 35-26 overall, including a 5-0 margin in overtime as Toskala came up with a pair of big stops on Fisher in the final seconds of the extra period.
"It wasn't for lack of chances," Fisher said. "We had some good, quality shots and chances and he played really well."
The Maple Leafs ended a team-record 17-game stretch without being outshot.
The Senators hadn't played since their 4-1 win over the New York Rangers on Saturday ended a 0-4-2 skid.
Jason Blake did not play for Toronto because of a suspected concussion. Blake was injured when he was hit by Atlanta's Colby Armstrong on Tuesday night.
Fisher, who missed two games because of a knee injury, got credit for his third goal of the season 3:54 in when his centering pass toward Shean Donovan went into the net off Toronto defenseman Tomas Kaberle's skate.
Kulemin tied it 59 seconds later when he tapped in Mikhail Grabovski's pass through the crease for his fourth goal.
Ottawa left wing Dany Heatley showed his frustration after Toskala stopped his slap shot 12 minutes into the middle period when he skated over to the left side and swung his stick, slamming it hard against the boards.
"It was a pretty good chance and I didn't really get all of it," Heatley said.
The Finnish goalie also got into the Senators' heads early in the third when he got a piece of Chris Kelly's shot with his stick before it struck the left post and stayed out.
"Maybe I had a little bit more luck on my side tonight," Toskala said.
Senators pest Jarkko Ruutu drew a goalie interference penalty 13:40 into the third when he fell over Toskala in the crease after the goalie made a sensational save on Jesse Winchester's short-range shot.
Notes: Maple Leafs RW Andre Deveaux made his NHL debut. Deveaux, recalled from Toronto of the AHL on Wednesday, had six goals and two assists in 13 games with the Marlies this season. ... The Senators placed veteran D Luke Richardson on waivers earlier in the day. Richardson appeared in two games with Ottawa this season, bringing his career total to 1,417 regular-season games. ... Donovan left the game in the third period because of an upper-body injury. He didn't return.
|Mike Fisher (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Shean Donovan (3), Jarkko Ruutu (5)|
1 - 0 OTT
|Nikolai Kulemin (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Mikhail Grabovski (6), Niklas Hagman (9)|
1 - 1 Tie
|1||J. Spezza||N. Kulemin||1 - 0|
|2||D. Heatley||L. Stempniak||1 - 0|
|3||D. Alfredsson||2 - 0|
|Mikhail Grabovski Hooking against Daniel Alfredsson|
|Jason Spezza Hooking against Jeff Finger|
|Jason Spezza Holding against Jeff Finger|
|Dominic Moore Fighting (maj) against Jason Smith|
|Jason Smith Fighting (maj) against Dominic Moore|
|Dominic Moore Roughing against Jason Smith|
|Jason Smith Roughing against Dominic Moore|
|Jason Spezza Roughing against Niklas Hagman|
|Alexei Ponikarovsky Roughing against Chris Phillips|
|Chris Phillips Roughing against Alexei Ponikarovsky|
|Jarkko Ruutu Interference on goalkeeper against Vesa Toskala|