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Maple Leafs 3, Senators 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Maple Leafs 3, Senators 1
Ottawa Senators 1, Toronto Maple Leafs 3

TORONTO (AP) -The Maple Leafs withstood an early pounding from the Ottawa Senators and then pulled out a late victory.

Alexei Ponikarovsky's go-ahead goal midway through the third period lifted Toronto to a 3-1 win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.

The Senators, desperately trying to get back into the Eastern Conference playoff picture, came out in a foul mood and went at every Maple Leafs player they could find.

Toronto, backed by strong goaltending from Vesa Toskala, were able to stand up to the challenge, and eventually took control.

"We tried to answer hit-for-hit - they were hitting a lot," Ponikarovsky said. "We tried to do the same thing, mirror them, don't give them any opportunity that they can throw us around. We showed that."

With the game tied 1-1 in the third period, Pavel Kubina came out of the penalty box after and scooped up a loose puck just inside the Senators blue line. He skated deep into the zone and sent a pass back to Ponikarovsky, who sent a wrist shot past Martin Gerber's stick side at 10:03.

Jason Blake extended the lead to 3-1 with 4:09 left, tucking the puck past Gerber on a wraparound. Dominic Moore also scored for the Maple Leafs, who won for the second time in six games.

"I thought they played with a good competitive edge," Moore said. "I guess it was just our night."

Daniel Alfredsson had the goal for the Senators, who failed to build momentum following their 3-2 victory Tuesday at Edmonton that ended a 12-game road winless streak. They have just three wins in 12 games overall.

"A very tough loss for us," Alfredsson said. "We started the game really good, created a lot of chances. Toskala played outstanding tonight, we should've had four or five goals.

"He keeps them in the game, they get a couple of chances and score."

The physical, hard-fought affair brought back memories of the bitter games the teams played in years past on Canadian Forces Appreciation Night.

The animosity began on the first shift when Jason Spezza got his hands in Moore's face on a hit in the boards and later speared his opponent, earning a penalty.

Nik Antropov sent Senators defenseman Anton Volchenkov to the dressing room after a hard hit in the third.

Alfredsson opened the scoring in the first period seconds after a two-man advantage expired, taking a pretty pass from Spezza and scoring puck past Vesa Toskala from a sharp angle at 7:05.

Moore tied it midway through the second period, when he got to a puck that squirted free from the corner between two Senators in front of the goal and whipped a backhander past Gerber.

"I don't think we were playing badly to that point but our team thrives on momentum and confidence," Moore said. "So getting that first goal and getting our feet under us was good."

Blake had a goal disallowed on another power play five minutes later, clearly kicking the puck in.

Toskala, in goal for the Leafs after back-to-back starts for Curtis Joseph, made his best stop of the night soon after, stopping Fisher on a partial break after Jon Mitchell's giveaway.

He finished with 30 saves.

Gerber made his third straight start for the Senators and was solid in stopping 27 shots.

"Every time they had a bounce their way, they capitalized on it," he said. "Overall, we played a hard game, we just couldn't get the puck into the net."

Notes: Over 450 military personnel and their families took in the game courtesy of the Maple Leafs. Messages from soldiers serving in Afghanistan were shown on the videoboard during stoppages in play. ... The Leafs also paid tribute to Don Sanderson of the Whitby Dunlops, who died Friday three weeks after hitting his head on the ice during a fight. ... Still remaining for the Senators on their eight-game road trip are stops in New Jersey on Sunday, Buffalo on Tuesday and Boston on Thursday. ... The Leafs called up Kris Newbury to skate on the fourth line. Forwards Matt Stajan (eye), Andre Deveaux (foot) and Jeremy Williams (shoulder) were all scratched.

scoring summary
1st Period
07:05
OTT
PPG - Daniel Alfredsson (11) ASST: Jason Spezza (14), Dany Heatley (19)
1 - 0 OTT
2nd Period
09:47
TOR
PPG - Dominic Moore (8) ASST: Jason Blake (14), Ian White (6)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
10:03
TOR
Alexei Ponikarovsky (12) ASST: Pavel Kubina (12)
2 - 1 TOR
15:51
TOR
Jason Blake (9) ASST: NONE
3 - 1 TOR
penalty summary
1st Period
00:17
OTT
Jason Spezza  Slashing against  Dominic Moore
00:17
TOR
Dominic Moore  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Jason Spezza
04:54
TOR
Jeff Finger  Interference against  Jarkko Ruutu
05:50
TOR
Pavel Kubina  Cross checking against  Daniel Alfredsson
12:13
OTT
Mike Fisher  Cross checking against  Jason Blake
13:41
OTT
Martin Gerber  Delaying Game-Ill. play goalie
16:23
TOR
Kris Newbury  Roughing against  Dany Heatley
16:23
OTT
Dany Heatley  Slashing against  Kris Newbury
2nd Period
07:53
OTT
Chris Phillips  Roughing against  Mikhail Grabovski
13:13
TOR
Mikhail Grabovski  Slashing against  Brian Lee
13:13
TOR
Jonas Frogren  Roughing against  Brian Lee
13:13
TOR
Jeff Finger  Roughing against  Jarkko Ruutu
13:13
OTT
Chris Phillips  Roughing against  Jonas Frogren
13:13
OTT
Chris Phillips  Roughing against  Jonas Frogren
13:13
OTT
Brian Lee  Cross checking against  Mikhail Grabovski
13:13
OTT
Jarkko Ruutu  Roughing against  Jeff Finger
3rd Period
01:16
TOR
Nik Antropov  Roughing against  Chris Neil
02:47
TOR
Jeff Finger  Cross checking against  Nick Foligno
03:18
TOR
Ian White  Roughing against  Jarkko Ruutu
03:18
OTT
Jarkko Ruutu  Roughing against  Ian White
07:54
TOR
Pavel Kubina  Holding against  Nick Foligno
16:37
TOR
Ian White  Roughing against  Chris Neil
16:37
OTT
Chris Neil  Roughing against  Ian White
16:37
OTT
Chris Neil  Roughing against  Ian White
goalie stats
Martin Gerber
SA: 30TOI: 58:50
Saves: 27EV: 21 - 23
PIM: 2PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .900SH: 0 - 0
Vesa Toskala
SA: 31TOI: 59:45
Saves: 30EV: 20 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .968SH: 3 - 3