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Maple Leafs 5, Senators 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

Associated Press

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Maple Leafs 5, Senators 1
Ottawa Senators 1, Toronto Maple Leafs 5

TORONTO (AP) - Fast, aggressive, confident.

It's the vision the Toronto Maple Leafs had entering the season, but couldn't be sure existed until they started playing meaningful games. The early returns have been even better than expected.

Newcomers Kris Versteeg and Clarke MacArthur each had a goal and an assist Saturday night and the Maple Leafs displayed a well-balanced attack in a dominant 5-1 win over the Ottawa Senators.

"That's a great style of hockey for our team," MacArthur said. "We didn't really give them a chance to even get anything going. We finished hits everywhere. That's what we want to do, we want to be rough and we want to slow guys down a lot finishing hits all nights.

"It wears teams out."

With two wins over division rivals to start the season, the formula has worked perfectly. Last season, Toronto's second victory didn't come until its 14th game.

For coach Ron Wilson, there's no mystery behind the better start.

"They're better players - period," he said.

Nikolai Kulemin, Phil Kessel and Tim Brent also scored and Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 17 saves for Toronto, which opened the season Thursday night with a 3-2 home victory over Montreal.

Jason Spezza scored for Ottawa, coming off a 2-1 home loss to Buffalo on Friday night.

"Very disappointing," Senators coach Cory Clouston said. "We thought we had a pretty positive preseason, had a good week of practice. We've been outworked, outcompeted and outexecuted in all areas right now."

Toronto took an early 2-0 lead, with MacArthur setting up Kulemin at 1:38, and Kessel beating Pascal Leclaire off a feed from Versteeg at 7:51.

MacArthur scored midway through the second, Versteeg capitalized on a power play at 2:44 of the third, and Brent made it 5-0 at 5:39. Spezza spoiled Giguere's shutout bid at 7:11.

NOTES: Last season, Toronto needed 14 games to get its second victory. ... There were three fights in the third period. ... Leafs defenseman Brett Lebda (shoulder) hopes to make his debut with the team next week. ... Ottawa's Ryan Shannon and Toronto's John Mitchell were healthy scratches.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:38
TOR
Nikolai Kulemin (1) ASST: Clarke MacArthur (1)
1 - 0 TOR
07:51
TOR
Phil Kessel (2) ASST: Kris Versteeg (1)
2 - 0 TOR
2nd Period
08:18
TOR
Clarke MacArthur (2) ASST: Mikhail Grabovski (2), Mike Komisarek (2)
3 - 0 TOR
3rd Period
02:44
TOR
PPG - Kris Versteeg (1) ASST: Tomas Kaberle (1), Phil Kessel (1)
4 - 0 TOR
05:39
TOR
Tim Brent (2) ASST: NONE
5 - 0 TOR
07:11
OTT
Jason Spezza (1) ASST: Daniel Alfredsson (1), Sergei Gonchar (1)
5 - 1 TOR
penalty summary
1st Period
10:10
OTT
Erik Karlsson  Interference against  Mike Brown
18:54
OTT
Zack Smith  Interference against  Luke Schenn
2nd Period
04:13
OTT
Jason Spezza  Hooking against  Kris Versteeg
09:23
TOR
Colby Armstrong  Hi-sticking against  Matt Carkner
12:42
TOR
Tyler Bozak  Hooking against  Zack Smith
3rd Period
01:41
OTT
Chris Kelly  Holding the stick against  Colby Armstrong
02:18
OTT
Sergei Gonchar  Hooking against  Kris Versteeg
06:04
TOR
Mike Brown  Fighting against  Chris Neil
06:04
OTT
Chris Neil  Fighting against  Mike Brown
08:59
OTT
Matt Carkner  Fighting against  Colton Orr
08:59
TOR
Colton Orr  Fighting against  Matt Carkner
14:27
TOR
Tim Brent  Tripping against  Nick Foligno
15:49
OTT
Mike Fisher  Fighting against  Kris Versteeg
15:49
TOR
Kris Versteeg  Fighting against  Mike Fisher
18:38
TOR
Nikolai Kulemin  Slashing against  Erik Karlsson
18:38
TOR
Dion Phaneuf  Misconduct
goalie stats
Pascal Leclaire
SA: 38TOI: 59:55
Saves: 33EV: 20 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 13
SV%: .868SH: 1 - 1
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
SA: 18TOI: 60:00
Saves: 17EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .944SH: 0 - 0