TORONTO (AP) _ The Ottawa Senators started setting new goals after stealing
the playoff opener from the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Marian Hossa scored twice and the Senators beat the Maple Leafs 4-2 on
The Senators will try to grab a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series on
Saturday before returning to Ottawa for Games 3 and 4.
``We said that we wanted to win one game here and we did,'' Hossa said.
Bryan Smolinski and Wade Redden also scored for the Senators, who are
playing the rival Maple Leafs in the playoffs for the fourth time in five
years. Ottawa, which held a 30-17 shots advantage, was eliminated by Toronto
the three previous series.
``You don't win the series in the first game. I've seen in the past where
other teams come into the visiting building and say they just want to win one
game, but now we want to win a second game,'' Smolinski said.
Joe Nieuwendyk and Bryan McCabe scored for the Maple Leafs, an Original Six
team that hasn't won the Stanley Cup since 1967.
Martin Havlat had two assists for the Senators, who came within one win of
reaching the Stanley Cup finals last season.
``They were just better than us,'' Toronto captain Mats Sundin said. ``We
took some penalties, we were undisciplined at times.''
Toronto's Calle Johansson and McCabe received penalties before Redden tied
it 2-2 at 10:02 of the second period. Hossa scored the go-ahead goal just 38
Redden scored his goal on a one-timer. Then, Hossa skated in and sent a shot
off goalie Ed Belfour's chest before putting the rebound past him.
``We were in the box the whole night. You can't create offense when you're
killing penalties,'' McCabe said.
After Johansson tripped and turned over the puck early in the third, Hossa
came in on a breakaway and scored after Belfour skated out of the net and
tripped him. Hossa wasn't deterred, and he put the puck into an open net as he
slid past Belfour.
``I missed the puck, and he just made a nice play,'' Belfour said.
Senators goalie Patrick Lalime looked sharp after missing the final four
games of the regular season because of a strained left knee.
Lalime said he felt good.
``Now that we have one we want the next one as well,'' Lalime said. ``We
know it's going to be tougher than tonight. We'll have to play a lot better.''
Nieuwendyk opened the scoring just three minutes in after Alexei
Ponikarovsky made a nifty pass to a streaking Nik Antropov, for a two-on-one.
Smolinski tied it after his pass went off Toronto defenseman Bryan
Marchment's skate and in at 5:05 of the first.
McCabe's one-timer from the blue line gave Toronto a 2-1 lead on the power
play at 18:33 of the first, but Ottawa scored the game's final three goals.