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Senators 8, Maple Leafs 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Senators 8, Maple Leafs 2
Ottawa Senators 8, Toronto Maple Leafs 2

TORONTO — Antoine Vermette scored three goals and the Ottawa Senators moved within a point of wrapping up a playoff berth with an 8-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.

The Senators, who scored three short-handed goals, can clinch a playoff spot with at least one point Friday night when they close out the regular season at Scotiabank Place against the Boston Bruins (7:30 p.m., TSN, Team 1200).

Ottawa might have to play without captain Daniel Alfredsson, who left Thursday's game with what the team called an upper body injury following a hit by Toronto's Mark Bell. The Senators also lost forward Mike Fisher to a knee injury earlier in the game.

That was the low point of an otherwise great night for Ottawa. Vermette had his first career hat trick, Dany Heatley scored a pair of goals, and Dean McAmmond, Cody Bass and Jason Spezza also notched goals for the Senators, who have been under intense scrutiny from fans and media in Ottawa this week for their late-season tumble down the standings.

A loss on Thursday night would have left the Sens scrambling to get into the postseason. But the win kept Ottawa in sixth place in the Eastern Conference at 94 points, three ahead of ninth-place Philadelphia. Boston and Washington occupy the last two playoff spots at 92 points.

Bell and Dominic Moore scored for the Leafs, who fittingly ended their home schedule with a beating in their third consecutive season outside of the playoffs.

Vesa Toskala gave up eight goals on 37 shots for Toronto, although he didn't get much help from his teammates. Martin Gerber stopped 26 shots for Ottawa.

Bell opened the scoring at 6:30 of the first period. But that's when the fun stopped for Leaf fans.

Ottawa tied it on Heatley's one-timer on a power play at 11:12.

The Senators took the lead 2-1 with 2:45 to go in the first when Alfredsson picked up his second assist with a nice feed to Spezza on a 3-on-1.

The game took a nasty turn on the next shift when Bell nailed Alfredsson — who had his head down — with a hit that drilled the Senators captain to the ice. He was slow to get up and the Ottawa bench was livid, but there was no penalty.

Vermette scored a pair of rebound goals in the second, making it 5-1 after 40 minutes.

McAmmond and Vermette scored short-handed goals in the third. Vermette put in his own rebound at 3:11 after Toskala stopped his first two attempts for No. 23 on the season.

Notes: Veteran winger Cory Stillman returned to the Ottawa lineup after missing two games with a leg injury ... The Leafs were once again without top scorers Mats Sundin (groin) and Nik Antropov (knee). The Leafs close out their regular season Saturday night at Montreal with backup G Andrew Raycroft in net ... It was the third time in franchise history the Sens scored three short-handed goals in a game.

scoring summary
1st Period
07:30
TOR
Mark Bell (3) ASST: Darcy Tucker (15)
1 - 0 TOR
11:12
OTT
PPG - Dany Heatley (40) ASST: Daniel Alfredsson (48), Jason Spezza (57)
1 - 1 Tie
17:15
OTT
Jason Spezza (34) ASST: Daniel Alfredsson (49)
2 - 1 OTT
2nd Period
06:03
OTT
SHG - Cody Bass (2) ASST: Chris Phillips (13), Antoine Vermette (29)
3 - 1 OTT
14:01
OTT
PPG - Antoine Vermette (21) ASST: Christoph Schubert (16), Wade Redden (32)
4 - 1 OTT
19:33
OTT
Antoine Vermette (22) ASST: Cory Stillman (41), Shean Donovan (6)
5 - 1 OTT
3rd Period
02:27
OTT
SHG - Dean McAmmond (9) ASST: NONE
6 - 1 OTT
03:11
OTT
SHG - Antoine Vermette (23) ASST: Cody Bass (2), Brian Lee (1)
7 - 1 OTT
06:51
TOR
PPG - Dominic Moore (5) ASST: Darcy Tucker (16), Pavel Kubina (29)
7 - 2 OTT
07:14
OTT
Dany Heatley (41) ASST: Jason Spezza (58), Martin Lapointe (7)
8 - 2 OTT
penalty summary
1st Period
05:14
TOR
Dominic Moore  Holding the stick against  Andrej Meszaros
09:52
TOR
Darcy Tucker  Holding against  Chris Phillips
13:13
OTT
Mike Commodore  Elbowing against  Kris Newbury
17:47
TOR
Darcy Tucker  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Dany Heatley
17:47
OTT
Dany Heatley  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Darcy Tucker
19:59
OTT
Shean Donovan  Fighting (maj) against  Bryan McCabe
19:59
TOR
Bryan McCabe  Fighting (maj) against  Shean Donovan
20:00
OTT
Cody Bass  Roughing against  John Pohl
20:00
OTT
Cody Bass  Roughing against  John Pohl
20:00
TOR
John Pohl  Roughing against  Cody Bass
20:00
TOR
Kris Newbury  Misconduct (10 min) against  Chris Neil
20:00
OTT
Chris Neil  Misconduct (10 min) against  Kris Newbury
2nd Period
05:23
OTT
Jason Spezza  Hooking against  Alexei Ponikarovsky
08:58
TOR
Ian White  Tripping against  Shean Donovan
12:05
TOR
Mark Bell  Tripping against  Wade Redden
15:08
OTT
Cody Bass  Hooking against  Staffan Kronwall
3rd Period
01:54
OTT
Dany Heatley  Slashing against  Matt Stajan
05:01
OTT
Chris Neil  Hooking against  Boyd Devereaux
10:14
TOR
Jason Blake  Slashing against  Mike Commodore
10:14
OTT
Mike Commodore  Cross checking against  Jason Blake
15:27
OTT
Martin Lapointe  Roughing against  Jason Blake
15:27
OTT
Martin Lapointe  Misconduct (10 min) against  Jason Blake
15:27
TOR
Jason Blake  Roughing against  Martin Lapointe
16:44
TOR
Pavel Kubina  Interference against  Chris Neil
16:44
TOR
Pavel Kubina  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Chris Neil
20:00
TOR
Pavel Kubina  Misconduct (10 min)
20:00
TOR
Pavel Kubina  Game misconduct
goalie stats
Martin Gerber
SA: 28TOI: 59:56
Saves: 26EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 10
SV%: .929SH: 1 - 1
Vesa Toskala
Vesa Toskala
SA: 37TOI: 60:00
Saves: 29EV: 18 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 11
SV%: .784SH: 2 - 5