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Maple Leafs 6, Senators 5

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Maple Leafs 6, Senators 5
Ottawa Senators 5, Toronto Maple Leafs 6
Three Stars of the Game
Phil Kessel
1st
Phil Kessel
G: 3Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 4PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 19:43
Dion Phaneuf
2nd
Dion Phaneuf
G: 0Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 4
+/-: 2TOI: 26:56
Daniel Alfredsson
3rd
G: 2Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: -1TOI: 20:16

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.

Alex Auld took the loss in relief for Ottawa after allowing two goals in the third period. Craig Anderson started and gave up four goals on 20 shots through two periods.

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).

scoring summary
1st Period
12:58
TOR
PPG - Mikhail Grabovski (1) ASST: Nikolai Kulemin (1), Dion Phaneuf (2)
1 - 0 TOR
18:51
TOR
Phil Kessel (1) ASST: Joffrey Lupul (2), Carl Gunnarsson (1)
2 - 0 TOR
2nd Period
07:56
TOR
PPG - Joffrey Lupul (1) ASST: John-Michael Liles (1), Phil Kessel (2)
3 - 0 TOR
18:49
TOR
Phil Kessel (2) ASST: Tyler Bozak (1), Joffrey Lupul (3)
4 - 0 TOR
3rd Period
01:42
OTT
Colin Greening (1) ASST: Sergei Gonchar (1), Jason Spezza (3)
4 - 1 TOR
02:52
TOR
Colton Orr (1) ASST: Mike Brown (2)
5 - 1 TOR
11:04
OTT
SHG - Daniel Alfredsson (1) ASST: Chris Phillips (1), Zack Smith (1)
5 - 2 TOR
15:36
OTT
PPG - Jason Spezza (1) ASST: Milan Michalek (1), Erik Karlsson (2)
5 - 3 TOR
15:44
OTT
PPG - Daniel Alfredsson (2) ASST: Erik Karlsson (3)
5 - 4 TOR
17:41
TOR
Phil Kessel (3) ASST: Matthew Lombardi (1), Luke Schenn (1)
6 - 4 TOR
18:06
OTT
Stephane Da Costa (1) ASST: Erik Karlsson (4)
6 - 5 TOR
penalty summary
1st Period
02:58
TOR
Luke Schenn  Roughing against  Nikita Filatov
05:42
TOR
Mike Brown  Fighting against  Zenon Konopka
05:42
OTT
Zenon Konopka  Fighting against  Mike Brown
08:12
TOR
Joffrey Lupul  Tripping against  Jared Cowen
11:47
OTT
Jared Cowen  Hi stick - double minor against  Colby Armstrong
2nd Period
03:14
OTT
Nick Foligno  Roughing against  Dion Phaneuf
04:28
TOR
Joffrey Lupul  Roughing against  Jared Cowen
06:33
OTT
Chris Neil  Misconduct against  Luke Schenn
06:33
OTT
Chris Neil  Instigator against  Luke Schenn
06:33
TOR
Luke Schenn  Fighting against  Chris Neil
06:33
OTT
Chris Neil  Fighting against  Luke Schenn
06:33
OTT
Chris Neil  Roughing against  Luke Schenn
11:21
TOR
Mike Komisarek  Interference against  Zenon Konopka
3rd Period
03:01
TOR
Mikhail Grabovski  Hooking against  Stephane Da Costa
04:20
OTT
Erik Karlsson  Tripping against  Mike Brown
07:12
OTT
Nikita Filatov  Hooking against  Colton Orr
08:57
OTT
Daniel Alfredsson  Tripping against  Mikhail Grabovski
09:10
OTT
Zenon Konopka  Delaying Game - Puck over glass
14:19
OTT
Zack Smith  Roughing against  Mike Komisarek
14:19
TOR
Mike Komisarek  Hi-sticking against  Zack Smith
14:19
TOR
Mike Komisarek  Roughing against  Zack Smith
14:25
TOR
Dion Phaneuf  Delaying Game - Puck over glass
19:53
TOR
Dion Phaneuf  Hooking against  Jason Spezza
goalie stats
Alex Auld
SA: 11TOI: 19:05
Saves: 9EV: 5 - 7
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .818SH: 0 - 0
Craig Anderson
SA: 24TOI: 40:00
Saves: 20EV: 12 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 9
SV%: .833SH: 1 - 1
James Reimer
James Reimer
SA: 32TOI: 59:56
Saves: 27EV: 17 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 8
SV%: .844SH: 4 - 5