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Maple Leafs 3, Senators 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

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Maple Leafs 3, Senators 2
Ottawa Senators 2, Toronto Maple Leafs 3

TORONTO - Alexei Ponikarovsky scored a third-period goal to help the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Saturday night.

Dominic Moore and Mikhail Grabovsky also scored, and Vesa Toskala made 22 saves for Toronto. The Maple Leafs have won two straight and earned points in five of six games.

Shean Donovan and Dean McAmmond scored for Ottawa (2-5-1), which has now lost four straight.

The latest Battle of Ontario had a feisty edge to it, with both teams throwing their weight around from the opening faceoff.

Toronto rookie defenceman Luke Schenn took part in his first NHL fight less than a minute into the game, after Senators agitator Chris Neil caught Matt Stajan with a knee-on-knee hit. The 18-year-old Schenn held his own against a guy who had already fought 117 times in his career.

Perhaps that sparked a Leafs team that threw all it had at Ottawa backup goalie Alex Auld, given his second consecutive start by head coach Craig Hartsburg. Starter Martin Gerber didn't dress because of a pulled leg muscle suffered during a practice Friday in Ottawa.

Aided by three power-play opportunities, Toronto had 21 shots on goal in the first period and took a 1-0 lead to the dressing room. Moore opened the scoring at 14:14 while the Leafs had a man advantage by chipping the puck over a sprawled Auld as several players converged on the crease.

Toronto went ahead 2-0 with Grabovski's long-awaited first goal of the season at 2:15 of the second period. The flashy Belarussian had grown visibly frustrated during his goal-less drought but was smiling widely after taking a nice pass from Niklas Hagman behind the net and lifting a hard wrist shot over Auld's shoulder.

The Maple Leafs were dominating at that point and had Ottawa on the ropes. However, Donovan soon got his team back in the game by tipping Alexandre Picard's shot past Toskala to make it 2-1 at 4:06.

Ponikarovsky restored the two-goal lead at 13:37 of the third period after a scramble in front of Auld before McAmmond scored short-handed at 19:11 to set up a frantic finish. Toskala held strong as the Daniel Alfredsson-Dany Heatley-Jason Spezza trio pushed for the equalizer.

Notes: Luke Richardson sat out for the Sens, with Christoph Schubert returning to the lineup as a defenceman ... Senators blueliner Filip Kuba has a point in all eight games this season. All 11 of his points are assists ... The Sens return to action Monday in Buffalo against the Sabres (7 p.m., NHL Network, Team 1200). It's the second stop on a four-game road trip.

scoring summary
1st Period
14:14
TOR
PPG - Dominic Moore (2) ASST: Mike Van Ryn (4), Jason Blake (3)
1 - 0 TOR
2nd Period
02:15
TOR
Mikhail Grabovski (1) ASST: Niklas Hagman (2), Anton Stralman (1)
2 - 0 TOR
04:06
OTT
Shean Donovan (2) ASST: Alexandre Picard (1), Filip Kuba (11)
2 - 1 TOR
3rd Period
13:37
TOR
Alexei Ponikarovsky (2) ASST: Nik Antropov (3), Matt Stajan (2)
3 - 1 TOR
19:11
OTT
SHG - Dean McAmmond (1) ASST: Jarkko Ruutu (1)
3 - 2 TOR
penalty summary
1st Period
00:59
TOR
Luke Schenn  Fighting against  Chris Neil
00:59
OTT
Chris Neil  Fighting against  Luke Schenn
06:31
OTT
Anton Volchenkov  Clipping against  Dominic Moore
11:40
OTT
Daniel Alfredsson  Holding against  Mikhail Grabovski
13:37
OTT
Jason Smith  Cross checking against  Dominic Moore
18:46
TOR
Anton Stralman  Hooking against  Chris Neil
2nd Period
04:42
OTT
Anton Volchenkov  Hooking against  Alexei Ponikarovsky
14:45
OTT
Chris Neil  Misconduct
14:56
TOR
Dominic Moore  Holding against  Daniel Alfredsson
18:52
OTT
Christoph Schubert  Interference against  Nik Antropov
3rd Period
17:32
OTT
Chris Phillips  Hooking against  Jason Blake
goalie stats
Alex Auld
SA: 38TOI: 59:34
Saves: 35EV: 21 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 14 - 15
SV%: .921SH: 0 - 0
Vesa Toskala
Vesa Toskala
3-1-2
SA: 24TOI: 60:00
Saves: 22EV: 20 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .917SH: 1 - 2