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Kubina's two goals save win for Leafs

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OTTAWA (AP)

Ottawa Senators coach Cory Clouston was honest when asked about Brian Elliott's performance in goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs. "He was inconsistent like the rest of us," Clouston said after Toronto rallied for a 4-3 overtime victory Saturday night. "He made a couple of big saves, but if you look back there would be a couple goals he would want back. We're not a good enough team to have one or two bad goals." In comparison, Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson was extremely pleased with Curtis Joseph after the veteran picked up his second win of the season. "Big thing for us is our goaltenders have made key saves when we need them," Wilson said. "That builds confidence up front." Pavel Kubina tied it with just over 5 minutes remaining with a power-play goal, and ended it 33 seconds into overtime. Jamal Mayers and Tim Stapleton, playing in just his second NHL game, also scored for the Maple Leafs. Joseph, making his first start since Jan. 1, stopped 29 shots. "The atmosphere here in this building when we come here is as good as anywhere," Joseph said. "There are lots of Leafs fans, but it gets loud and it's a great atmosphere." Ryan Shannon, Jarkko Ruutu and Daniel Alfredsson scored for the Senators. Toronto's blue line got a boost with Tomas Kaberle returning to the lineup for the first time after missing 13 games because of a broken hand, and Mike Van Ryn returning from a leg injury after missing the last eight. Toronto leads Ottawa in the season series 2-1. "The first period was brutal," Ottawa's Mike Fisher said. "We didn't look like a team at all. The second period was really good and we played like we should have from the start." In its last six games, Toronto has won twice in overtime, twice in shootouts and lost twice in shootouts. "We have nothing to save it for," Mayers said. "We leave it on the line. We're a young team, we're hungry and we never give up."

Notes

The Senators were without RW Chris Neil (lacerated calf), D Christoph Schubert (groin) and C Cody Bass (shoulder surgery). D Brendan Bell was a healthy scratch. ... Ottawa assigned G Martin Gerber to Binghamton of the AHL. ... Joseph and Elliott are both from Newmarket, Ontario, and played for Wisconsin.
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