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Maple Leafs, Senators prospects to play as unbeatens

Saturday, 09.07.2013 / 11:32 PM / Prospects

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Maple Leafs, Senators prospects to play as unbeatens
Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored twice, and the Ottawa Senators defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in a shootout at the prospects tournament in London, Ontario.

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators each remained unbeaten at the prospects tournament in London, Ontario with shootout wins Saturday.

The NHL rivals play each other Sunday.

"Everybody knows Ottawa and Toronto is always a battle, no matter if it's the actual Maple Leafs or the rookies here," Brad Ross told the Toronto website. "So we're going to take it very seriously."

The Maple Leafs defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in a shootout in the second game Saturday to create a matchup of 2-0 teams.

"It should be exciting for tomorrow," Toronto coach Steve Spott said. "I think both cities want to win, so I think that's going to be exciting, and I think you'll see a gritty game as well.

"We all know there's no love lost between the two cities, so I think that will bode well for the fans of the game tomorrow."

Penguins forward Tom Kuhnhackl scored with 19 seconds remaining in the third period to tie the score 3-3. Scott Harrington and Jayson Megna had the other Pittsburgh goals.

Andrew Crescenzi had given Toronto the lead after Fabrice Herzog tied it 2-2 in the second period. Matt Rupert opened the scoring.

"It was a tough game," Crescenzi said. "I think all the forwards and all the [defensemen] battled hard, and our goalie (Christopher Gibson), and we're just looking at the positives and we got the two points and that's all we can ask for."

Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored twice for the Senators in a 4-3 shootout win against the Chicago Blackhawks.

"To me, he looks like the best player I've seen this weekend," Senators assistant coach Luke Richardson told TSN. "I'm not surprised at all. ... He's a competitor, he's a leader, but part of the process for him to learn is to have this chance to do that."

Andre Petersson also scored and had an assist for Ottawa, which held a 3-1 lead.

"Our team did pretty well," said Pageau, who scored once in the first game, a 4-1 win against the Penguins on Thursday. "On our line, we had good chemistry. I received a couple of nice passes during the game. I think the second goal was a perfect pass (from Petersson), I just had to put it in."

Chicago's Maxim Shalunov scored late in the third period to tie the game 3-3. Adam Henry and Viktor Svedberg had the other goals for the Blackhakws.

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