OTTAWA (Ticker) -- Ed Belfour's debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs did not make people forget about Curtis Joseph.
|Belfour had no chance on any of three goals he let in.|
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Anton Volchenkov had a goal and two assists and Daniel Alfredsson and Wade Redden added a goal and an assist apiece to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 7-1 rout of the Maple Leafs in the preseason opener for both teams.
Signed as a free agent to replace Joseph, who joined the Detroit Red Wings, Belfour surrendered three goals on 22 shots in his first game with Toronto. The 37-year-old goaltender spent the last five seasons with the Dallas Stars, whom he led to their only Stanley Cup championship in 1999.
"Eddie was all right," general manager/coach Pat Quinn said. "That (first) goal wasn't all his fault. Our forward was standing around instead of trying to get the puck."
"With it being the first game and all, sure I had a few butterflies. All you can do now is watch the tape and analyze the goals," Belfour said.
"You can't get too ticked off. I was angry but you have to move on.The game's still going on."
After Mikael Renberg gave Toronto a lead 16 seconds into the contest, Volchenkov, who was selected 21st overall in the 2000 draft, drew Ottawa even 61 seconds later. Redden put the Senators ahead for good at 6:39 with a power-play goal and Alfredsson scored with 39 seconds remaining in the first for a 3-1 lead.
Petr Schastlivy also had a goal and an assist for the Senators, who were eliminated by Toronto in seven games in last season's conference semifinals.
Patrick Lalime went the distance for Ottawa, stopping 26 shots.
The Leafs left most of their regular roster in Toronto. Mats Sundin, Alexander Mogilny, Bryan McCabe, Robert Svehla, Darcy Tucker, Shayne Corson, Tie Domi and Tomas Kaberle. SCORING SUMMARY: LEAFS AT SENATORS
1. Toronto, Jackman 1, 0:26
2. Ottawa, Volchenkov 1, 1:27
3. Ottawa, Redden 1 (Pothier) 6:39 (pp)
4. Ottawa, Alfredsson 1 (Kwiatkowski, Schastlivy) 19:21
5. Ottawa, Schastlivy 1 (Alfredsson, Volchenkov) 19:07
6. Ottawa, Vermette 1 (Havlat, Phillips) 6:28 (pp)
7. Ottawa, Langfeld 1 (Redden, Volchenkov) 9:50 (pp)
8. Ottawa, Bala 1 (Hnidy) 16:46