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Ottawa
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36-35-11
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Maple Leafs
34-35-13

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game recap

Maple Leafs 5, Senators 2

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:21 AM

Associated Press

TORONTO (AP) -Martin Gerber and several other Toronto Maple Leafs still had something left to play for at the end of a long season.

Gerber made 37 saves against his former team and helped the Maple Leafs beat the Ottawa Senators 5-2 on Saturday night in the final game of the season for both clubs.

With the Maple Leafs and Senators long out of playoff contention, this was no Battle of Ontario. But it was a big victory for Gerber, who started the season with Ottawa before being claimed off waivers by Toronto last month.

"It was probably more exciting than everybody thought it was going to be," Gerber said. "It was well fought to the end. We're happy to come out on the good end."

It was also a big night for Boyd Devereaux, who scored three goals for Toronto (33-35-13). Niklas Hagman netted the other two for the Maple Leafs.

"It's still Saturday night in Toronto and you're playing for the Leafs on 'Hockey Night in Canada,"' Devereaux said. "Definitely whenever you get a chance to pop a hat trick, you definitely get excited about it.

"I'm sure it's more satisfying in a Game 7 playoff game but certainly I'll take it. For sure."

The 30-year-old Devereaux was the Leafs' final cut out of training camp and he spent the first couple of months in the AHL. He was eventually called up in February and he managed to stay with Toronto the rest of the way. Devereaux can become an unrestricted free agent in July.

"I've come up and just tried to enjoy myself and have fun," Devereaux said. "I really relish playing at this level. They have a lot of hard decisions and I'm sure there's going to be lots of changes.

"I'm just going to have to wait and see like pretty much every other guy in the locker room."

Jason Spezza and Chris Kelly scored for the Senators (36-34-11), who missed the playoffs two years after reaching the Stanley Cup finals.

"Any time you lose it's disappointing," Senators coach Cory Clouston said. "But overall, I'm not disappointed in this group."

There was little on the line beyond pride, although a regulation loss by the Maple Leafs would have given them an outside chance at landing the No. 1 pick in the June draft.

With the game tied 2-2 early in the third period, Hagman put the Maple Leafs ahead for good when he beat Brian Elliott from the slot.

A late power play gave Ottawa a chance for the tying goal, but Devereaux swooped in while the Maple Leafs were short-handed and roofed a backhander to complete his hat trick.

A few hats were thrown on the ice while teammate Matt Stajan retrieved the puck. It was quite an end to the season for a guy who spent most of it in the AHL.

"It's a huge game for him to have a hat trick," Toronto coach Ron Wilson said. "Probably the thrill of his lifetime. He's worked really hard and you couldn't be happier for a guy to get a hat trick in the last game of the season."

Toronto had already hit two posts when Devereaux made it 1-0 at 4:59 of the first period.

The Senators responded with plenty of energy, but were unable to beat Gerber with any of their 16 shots in the period. Dany Heatley had two of the best chances - he couldn't make much of a move on a partial breakaway early in the frame but got all of a one-timer that Gerber stopped with his pad.

Another goal by Devereaux early in the second period made it 2-0. He hammered Lee Stempniak's pass past Elliott at 4:48.

Gerber was rolling along at the other end until a couple of gaffes behind the goal allowed Ottawa to tie it 2-2.

Spezza stole the puck from Gerber before coming around the net and sliding it into the empty net for his 32nd goal at 9:14. Just under 2 1/2 minutes later, Gerber's pass to defenseman Ian White ended up on Kelly's stick and then into the back of the net.

Ottawa finished 11th in the Eastern Conference, one spot ahead of the Maple Leafs. The last time there wasn't an NHL playoff game played in Ontario, in years when the postseason was contested, was in 1992.

"(These games) are meaningless in the standings but they're never meaningless to the guys that have to go on the ice and perform," Wilson said.

Notes: Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson sat out due to a sore back. ... AHL callup Tim Stapleton was in the Maple Leafs lineup. Nikolai Kulemin (foot) and Jeff Hamilton (healthy) sat out.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:59
TOR
Boyd Devereaux (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Lee Stempniak (29)
1 - 0 TOR
2nd Period
04:48
TOR
Boyd Devereaux (5) Slapshot - ASST: Lee Stempniak (30), Matt Stajan (39)
2 - 0 TOR
09:14
OTT
PPG - Jason Spezza (32) Wrap-around - ASST: NONE
2 - 1 TOR
11:42
OTT
Chris Kelly (12) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
03:37
TOR
Niklas Hagman (21) Wrist shot - ASST: Mikhail Grabovski (28), Alexei Ponikarovsky (38)
3 - 2 TOR
17:11
TOR
SHG - Boyd Devereaux (6) Backhand shot - ASST: Matt Stajan (40)
4 - 2 TOR
19:16
TOR
EN - Niklas Hagman (22) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
5 - 2 TOR
penalty summary
1st Period
02:07
OTT
Chris Kelly  Hooking against  Lee Stempniak
14:02
OTT
Shean Donovan  Holding against  Christian Hanson
16:38
OTT
Dany Heatley  Tripping against  John Mitchell
19:49
OTT
Chris Campoli  Delay of game
19:49
OTT
Brian Lee  Roughing against  Brad May
19:49
TOR
Brad May  Roughing against  Brian Lee
19:49
TOR
Brad May  Roughing against  Brian Lee
2nd Period
07:37
TOR
Pavel Kubina  Tripping against  Jason Spezza
15:37
TOR
Brad May  Slashing against  Mike Fisher
15:37
OTT
Mike Fisher  Roughing against  Ian White
15:37
TOR
Brad May  Roughing against  Mike Fisher
15:37
TOR
Brad May  Misconduct (10 min)
3rd Period
08:16
OTT
Dany Heatley  Tripping against  Pavel Kubina
16:48
TOR
Jamal Mayers  Slashing against  Chris Neil
goalie stats
Brian Elliott
SA: 29TOI: 58:42
Saves: 25EV: 19 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .862SH: 2 - 3
Martin Gerber
SA: 39TOI: 59:54
Saves: 37EV: 29 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .949SH: 2 - 2