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TORONTO — The Toronto Maple Leafs almost wasted a hat trick by Phil Kessel on Saturday night, surviving a furious Ottawa comeback to hang on for a 6-5 victory over the Senators.
Up 5-1 midway through the third period, Toronto sat back and watched as Ottawa jumped into the game.
"I'm hoping it was all a dream and I'm going to go out there for the third period," said James Reimer, who had his shutout streak broken at 101:42. "But, you know what, a win's a win.
"It sure wasn't pretty, but the fans got their money's worth and we got the two points."
Mikhail Grabovski, Joffrey Lupul and Colton Orr also scored for Toronto, and Reimer made 27 saves.
Daniel Alfredsson scored twice for the Senators, coming off a 5-3 loss in Detroit on Friday night. Colin Greening, Jason Spezza and Stephane Da Costa, with his first NHL goal, also scored, and Erik Karlsson had three assists.
Alfredsson made it a 5-2 at 11:04 of the third with a short-handed breakaway goal after taking a clearing attempt coming out of the penalty box.
The Senators then struck for a pair of power-play goals. Spezza scored with 4:24 left and Alfredsson got his second of the game on a deflection eight seconds later, which set a franchise record for fastest two goals
Kessel replied for the Leafs with his third of the game with 2:19 left, snapping a shot over Auld's glove hand on a 2-on-1 rush.
But Ottawa struck back when Da Costa took a feed from Karlsson and scored with 1:54 to go.
NOTES: Ottawa plays back-to-back games 16 times this season ... The Maple Leafs started the season tied for the second-youngest roster (26.3) in the league behind the Nashville Predators ... The Senators return to Ottawa for their home opener Tuesday night against Minnesota at Scotiabank Place (7:30 p.m., TSN, Team 1200).