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Maple Leafs 3, Senators 0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Maple Leafs 3, Senators 0
Ottawa Senators 0, Toronto Maple Leafs 3

TORONTO - Vesa Toskala made 24 saves, Mats Sundin scored a goal and the Toronto Maple Leafs halted a five-game winless streak by beating the Ottawa Senators 3-0 on Saturday night.

Darcy Tucker and Jiri Tlustly also scored for Toronto, which inched back to .500. Sundin's goal was his 533rd, tying him with Hockey Hall of Famer Frank Mahovlich for 27th place on the all-time list.

It was Toskala's first shutout since last Oct. 25, against Columbus, when he played for San Jose.

The Senators (15-3-0) lost for only the third time in their 18 games. Ottawa goalie Martin Gerber stopped 15 shots and fell to 12-2.

This was a close-checking yawner until the sixth minute of the second period, when Alex Steen had a shot clang off an Ottawa post. The Senators broke back the other way on a 3-on-1 rush only to have Toskala make a huge save.

Neither team could do anything on the power play - Ottawa was 0-for-4 and Toronto was 0-for-2 - until Tucker connected with a man advantage with 45 seconds left in the second.

Gerber was on his knees beyond the top of his crease after stopping a McCabe blast when Tucker slipped the rebound into the open net. It was only the second goal of the season for Tucker, who hadn't scored since Oct. 13 and not since recovering from a knee injury that took him out of seven games.

The Leafs scored another power-play goal after Wade Redden was sent off for interference at 6:03 of the third. Sundin got his 10th by slapping a shot from the top of the circle to the right of Gerber. The puck found a small gap between the goalie's right leg and the post.

Tlusty, who hadn't scored in nine games since getting two in his NHL debut in Pittsburgh on Oct. 25, made it 3-0 with 4:05 left in the game. Gerber dove expecting Tlusty to try to put in a rebound, but the 19-year-old Czech fooled him by circling behind the net and emerging on the other side for an easy wrist shot into the open goal.

Notes: The announced crowd of 19,596 was a season high although there were hundreds of empty seats as season ticket subscribers didn't bother to use them or give them away ... John Pohl, who'd sat out the Leafs' previous four games, replaced Chad Kilger, who hurt a leg in practice Friday ... The Senators are at Montreal on Monday and at Buffalo on Wednesday.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
19:15
TOR
PPG - Darcy Tucker (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Bryan McCabe (5), Tomas Kaberle (9)
1 - 0 TOR
3rd Period
06:43
TOR
PPG - Mats Sundin (10) Slapshot - ASST: Bryan McCabe (6), Tomas Kaberle (10)
2 - 0 TOR
15:55
TOR
Jiri Tlusty (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Mark Bell (2), Nik Antropov (10)
3 - 0 TOR
penalty summary
1st Period
08:14
OTT
Andrej Meszaros  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
12:24
TOR
Andy Wozniewski  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
15:01
TOR
Alexei Ponikarovsky  Tripping against  Chris Neil
2nd Period
08:51
OTT
Mike Fisher  Interference against  Matt Stajan
10:06
TOR
Darcy Tucker  Interference against  Dean McAmmond
13:46
TOR
Hal Gill  Holding against  Shean Donovan
18:22
OTT
Luke Richardson  Holding against  Matt Stajan
3rd Period
06:03
OTT
Wade Redden  Interference against  Nik Antropov
20:00
TOR
Bryan McCabe  Roughing against  Randy Robitaille
20:00
OTT
Randy Robitaille  Roughing against  Bryan McCabe
goalie stats
Martin Gerber
SA: 18TOI: 59:40
Saves: 15EV: 12 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 3
SV%: .833SH: 2 - 2
Vesa Toskala
Vesa Toskala
SA: 24TOI: 60:00
Saves: 24EV: 22 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: 1.000SH: 1 - 1