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Leafs Drop Third Straight To Start Season

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs

OTTAWA (CP) -- Dany Heatley scored the lone goal of the shootout to give Ottawa a 6-5 victory over Toronto on Monday night, the Senators' second shootout win over the Maple Leafs this season.

Heatley also scored during regulation time and added two assists. Chris Neil and Daniel Alfredsson also scored while Jason Spezza had two goals and an assist on the night.

Bryan McCabe and Darcy Tucker scored second period power play goals for the Leafs while Tie Domi, Clark Wilm and Nik Antropov scored less than two minutes apart in the third period to give the Leafs a 5-4 lead.

"To go up two goals in the third period doesn't mean your going to win the game. Two years ago maybe, but not with the new rules,'' said Senators goaltender Dominik Hasek, who stopped Kyle Wellwood, Eric Lindros and Jason Allison in the shootout.

On opening night at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Hasek also foiled Lindros and Allison in the breakaway event. Heatley and Alfredsson scored on Ed Belfour as the Senators won the shootout 2-0 and the game 3-2.

"It's definitely a great feeling to win the game and to win in the shootout. You get the extra one point which is great, but I would rather win the game in 60 minutes or in the regular overtime,'' Hasek added.

Both teams scored a goal while skating with 5-on-3 power plays. The Senators went 3-7 on the power play while the Leafs were 3-8.

"They put some good pressure on us,'' Alfredsson said of the third period letdown. "It started with a penalty, it got them momentum and we couldn't stop it. That's something we have to get better at, there's no question about it.

"It's great to see a fighting spirit in us and not quitting. It used to be a lot easier holding guys up in the neutral zone and making it a lot tougher for the other guys to come in to fore check. You can't do that anymore so once you get some momentum it's hard to stop it.''

Elsewhere in the NHL on Monday, it was: Edmonton 4, Anaheim 2; Vancouver 4, Detroit 2; Colorado 7, Calgary 3; Boston 4, Tampa Bay 2; Buffalo 3, Pittsburgh 2 (OT); Florida 3, N.Y. Islanders 1; Washington 3, N.Y. Rangers 2.

Heatley appeared to open the scoring in the first period as the Senators went into the first break up 1-0. During the intermission though, that goal was credited to Neil.

Neil was originally credited with two goals in a 5-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres Saturday night at the Corel Centre, but both goals were subsequently awarded to Heatley.

McCabe and Tucker scored one minute apart early in the second period to give the Leafs a 2-1, but Spezza Heatley and Alfredsson responded before the end of the period to put Ottawa up 4-2.

"I was proud of how our guys bounced back,'' said Leafs coach Pat Quinn. "I would be easy to accept what was going on. We were up earlier in the game as well and gave it up. We'll just have to find a way to play better. We took bad penalties, gave them a 5-on-3, we lose a draw and there's a loose puck in front of our net for an easy goal. Those are things that we have to do better. That has nothing to do with the lines or anything else, that's fundamental hockey. When you're going to miss it like that you're going to lose hockey games or opportunities to win it.''

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