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Reimer Has Back-To-Back Shutouts

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
OTTAWA --  James Reimer posted his second straight shutout and Phil Kessel had a three-point night as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Ottawa Senators 5-0 on Saturday night.


Kessel scored the game winner and added two assists, while Tyler Bozak had a goal and two assists.

Dion Phaneuf, Luke Schenn and Cody Franson also scored for Toronto (27-19-6).

Reimer stopped 49 shots for his third shutout of the season. He has now stopped 74 shots in his last two games.

Craig Anderson, making his 17th straight start and 50th appearance, had little help from his teammates as he faced 40 shots.

Ottawa (27-21-7) is now 3-2-0 against Toronto this year.

With their sixth straight loss the Senators are looking at their longest losing streak since last season when they went 0-9-2.

Despite the loss the Senators remain in seventh in the Eastern Conference, but the Leafs are just one point back in eighth and Washington is just three points back in ninth. Both teams have games in hand on Ottawa.

The Senators have made a habit of rallying to win this season, but the hole was too deep as they entered the third period trailing 3-0.

Any hope quickly died as Schenn made it 4-0 early in the period and Franson's power-play goal completely deflated Ottawa.

Playing their second game in as many nights, the Senators got into trouble early as the Leafs jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period.

Midway through the period Kessel managed to pick up his own rebound and beat Anderson through the legs to open the scoring.

Toronto made it 2-0 late in the period with the man advantage as Kessel found an open Phaneuf, who beat Anderson with a quick wrister.

Despite outshooting the Leafs 21-9 in the second Ottawa could not find a way to beat Reimer.

Bozak gave the Leafs a commanding 3-0 lead with his ninth of the season as he broke in around the defence and lifted a backhander over a sprawled Anderson.

Notes: Saturday's game was the second annual Bell Sens Youth Mental Health Night in support of D.I.F.D. (Do It For Daron), a youth-driven program focused on raising awareness and inspiring conversations about youth mental health. ... The Senators were without C Peter Regin (shoulder, out for season), C Jesse Winchester (concussion, indefinitely). D Brian Lee (lower body, day-to-day). Toronto's D Mike Komisarek, LW Darryl Boyce and LW Jay Rosehill were a healthy scratch.

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