TORONTO (AP) _ Earlier this season, Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson
guaranteed that the Senators would win the Stanley Cup. Now, he promises they
won't lose to the Toronto Maple Leafs again.
``You haven't seen the last of us yet. We're going to force this to Game 7
and come in here next Tuesday and win this series,'' Alfredsson said.
Ed Belfour stopped all 21 Ottawa shots and he and the Maple Leafs shut out
the Senators for the third time in the playoff series, winning 2-0 Friday
Toronto leads the best-of-seven series 3-2 and can advance to the second
round by beating Ottawa on Sunday.
Tie Domi and Joe Nieuwendyk scored third-period goals for the Maple Leafs,
who also won Games 2 and 3 by 2-0 scores.
``It's a big win for us, but the job is not done yet,'' said Toronto's Matt
Stajan, who replaced injured captain Mats Sundin.
The Maple Leafs have eliminated the Senators from the playoffs three times
in four years.
The Senators outshot the Maple Leafs for the fifth straight game, but
couldn't get the puck past Belfour. He recorded his 14th career playoff shutout
despite not having to make any spectacular saves.
``I didn't think we were very good,'' Ottawa coach Jacques Martin said. ``We
didn't generate enough. I think we were good before, but not tonight.''
Belfour rebounded after allowing four goals in a Game 4 loss and tied Tampa
Bay's Nikolai Khabibulin for the most shutouts in this year's first round. Fans
chanted ``Ed-die, Ed-die!'' in the final seconds.
``Mats is a huge player for us and everybody in here knew they had to step
up their game and they did that,'' Belfour said of Sundin, sidelined by a leg
Domi, Toronto's enforcer, scored after his rebound deflected in off the
skates of Ottawa forward Bryan Smolinski at 1:43 of the third.
Nieuwendyk, who missed Game 4 due to a sore back, gave Toronto a 2-0 lead at
15:18 after Ottawa defenseman Zdeno Chara missed a chance to tie it. After
Chara fanned on a one-timer in front of Toronto's net, Tomas Kaberle skated up
ice on a two-on-one before passing to Nieuwendyk, who scored his third goal of
Ottawa dominated the first period _ outshooting Toronto 7-2.
The Maple Leafs almost scored midway though the second when a streaking Gary
Roberts passed the puck toward the front of the net, but Ron Francis couldn't
get a stick on it.
Ottawa's Marian Hossa skated in on a partial breakaway a few minutes later,
but defenseman Ken Klee caught up to him and slapped the puck away just as Klee
was about to shoot.
Senators forward Vaclav Varada skated in on a breakaway in the third, after
going around defenseman Bryan McCabe, but he lost the puck before he could get
off a shot.