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Senators 6, Maple Leafs 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Senators 6, Maple Leafs 2
Ottawa Senators 6, Toronto Maple Leafs 2

TORONTO (AP) -Patrick Eaves had a "Gordie Howe hat trick."

Eaves had a goal, an assist and a fight to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 6-2 victory over the rival Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night.

The game featured two fights, including one in which Toronto's Darcy Tucker pummeled Eaves to the ice during the second period.

"He ended up with a Gordie Howe hat trick. That's good for him," Ottawa enforcer Brian McGratten said. "I thought that was good for Patty. He got his first career fight."

Eaves said he hadn't dropped the gloves since he was 16.

"It's been awhile," said Eaves, who is generously listed as 6-foot.

Howe - one of hockey's all-time greats - was known for his scoring ability and rough play.

McGratten got the game going by dropping the gloves with Toronto's Wade Belak midway through the first.

"I get all fired up and do stupid things some times," McGratten said.

Mike Fisher, Andrej Meszaros, Antoine Vermette, Dany Heatley and Chris Neil also scored for the Senators, who beat Toronto in the season opener on Oct. 4. Toronto earned a split of that home-and-home set with a 6-0 victory the next day.

The provincial rivals meet again in Ottawa on Thursday.

"The last couple games were pretty calm so it was just a matter of time when something was going to happen," McGratten said. "It didn't get too out of control tonight, but it was pretty good. There was a couple of good fights, so that's always good."

Matt Stajan and Mats Sundin scored for the Maple Leafs, who were booed in the third period and as the final horn sounded.

"We just didn't compete hard enough," Toronto coach Paul Maurice said. "We didn't compete in a manner that we need to."

Toronto goalie Andrew Raycroft was replaced to start the third after he allowed five goals on 21 shots.

The Senators have scored 14 goals in the last two games after scoring just 11 in their first six games. Ottawa led the league with 314 goals last season.

"It was a big effort tonight. Everybody contributed," Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson said.

The Senators jumped out to a 5-0 lead, including three goals in the first.

Fisher skated in on a 2-on-1 before receiving a centering pass and scoring early in the period.

Meszaros' shot from the point beat Raycroft with just over 5 minutes left and Eaves scored a power-play goal on a wraparound with 12 seconds to go.

Vermette streaked toward the net and put a one-timer past Raycroft in traffic early in the second and Heatley made it 5-0 by converting Jason Spezza's pass from the behind the net with a backhanded shot with over 12 minutes left in the second.

Stajan scored his fourth goal of the season on a rebound less than a minute later.

Sundin cut it to 5-2 with a weak shot that ticked off goalie Martin Gerber's glove and in at the beginning of the third. Stajan appeared to score his second goal of the game just over a minute later, but the goal was overturned after replays showed that the puck was kicked in.

Neil made it 6-2 early in the third.

Notes: The Senators have won three straight road games. ... Toronto forward Michael Peca needs one point to reach 400 points in his career.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:42
OTT
Mike Fisher (1) ASST: Tom Preissing (3), Chris Neil (2)
1 - 0 OTT
14:47
OTT
Andrej Meszaros (1) ASST: Wade Redden (1), Dean McAmmond (3)
2 - 0 OTT
19:46
OTT
PPG - Patrick Eaves (2) ASST: Dany Heatley (6), Tom Preissing (4)
3 - 0 OTT
2nd Period
03:21
OTT
PPG - Antoine Vermette (3) ASST: Mike Fisher (3), Joe Corvo (2)
4 - 0 OTT
07:21
OTT
Dany Heatley (3) ASST: Jason Spezza (4), Patrick Eaves (4)
5 - 0 OTT
08:10
TOR
Matt Stajan (4) ASST: Jeff O'Neill (4), Ian White (4)
5 - 1 OTT
3rd Period
01:25
TOR
Mats Sundin (5) ASST: Darcy Tucker (4), Ian White (5)
5 - 2 OTT
04:18
OTT
Chris Neil (2) ASST: Andrej Meszaros (1), Antoine Vermette (2)
6 - 2 OTT
penalty summary
1st Period
11:33
OTT
Wade Redden  Roughing against  Ben Ondrus
11:33
OTT
Brian McGrattan  Unsportsmanlike conduct
11:33
TOR
Ben Ondrus  Roughing against  Wade Redden
16:09
TOR
Wade Belak  Holding against  Mike Fisher
18:57
TOR
Ben Ondrus  Roughing
2nd Period
01:12
OTT
Anton Volchenkov  Interference against  Bates Battaglia
01:24
TOR
Darcy Tucker  Boarding against  Joe Corvo
05:27
OTT
Brian McGrattan  Fighting (maj) against  Wade Belak
05:27
TOR
Wade Belak  Fighting (maj) against  Brian McGrattan
09:17
TOR
Darcy Tucker  Fighting (maj) against  Patrick Eaves
09:17
TOR
Darcy Tucker  Roughing against  Patrick Eaves
09:17
OTT
Patrick Eaves  Fighting (maj) against  Darcy Tucker
16:25
OTT
Christoph Schubert  Tripping against  Chad Kilger
16:25
TOR
Chad Kilger  Roughing against  Christoph Schubert
18:18
OTT
Dany Heatley  Roughing against  Darcy Tucker
3rd Period
09:03
OTT
Mike Fisher  Hooking against  Darcy Tucker
09:03
OTT
Mike Fisher  Roughing against  Darcy Tucker
13:43
OTT
Chris Neil  Holding against  John Pohl
19:55
TOR
Alexei Ponikarovsky  Interference on goalkeeper against  Martin Gerber
goalie stats
Martin Gerber
SA: 39TOI: 60:00
Saves: 37EV: 26 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 9
SV%: .949SH: 2 - 2
Andrew Raycroft
Andrew Raycroft
SA: 21TOI: 40:00
Saves: 16EV: 15 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 3
SV%: .762SH: 0 - 0
Jean-Sebastien Aubin
Jean-Sebastien Aubin
SA: 11TOI: 20:00
Saves: 10EV: 7 - 8
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .909SH: 3 - 3