NHL

Sun, Oct 30, 2011 - 7:30 PM ET
Game Recap
 

Senators extend win streak to six

Share This Story

   
 

OTTAWA (AP)

After seeing his Ottawa Senators get off to a rough start, Paul MacLean could not have predicted the team's furious finish to his first month behind the bench.

Senators at a glance

 
Ottawa Senators
Looking for the latest on the Senators? Get the inside slant, stats, scores, schedules and more scoops right here.
 

Colin Greening and Chris Neil scored power-play goals and Ottawa extended its winning streak to six with a 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday night.

Kaspars Daugavins scored his first NHL goal to put the Senators up 3-1 in the third. Robin Lehner stopped 22 shots in his season debut for Ottawa, which moved two games over .500 at 7-5-0 after winning only one of their first six.

Of course, the Senators' new coach knew his team had it in them, right?

''Hypothetically speaking? No, but the fact that this happened is outstanding,'' said MacLean, who was an assistant coach with Detroit the past four seasons. ''I think our team has showed a lot of resiliency and character through the 12 games we've played.

''We've handled adversity, we've faced adversity, we've caused our own adversity, we've kind of been up and down the hill but it's all a learning process and we know that at some point in time it's going to come to an end, then we're going to have to get back on the horse and do it again,'' MacLean said.

''But right now our team is working consistently very hard and working consistently for 60 minutes and when you do that in this league good things happen.''

The Senators are on their best run since March 22-April 1, 2010, when they also put together a six-game winning streak.

''We've got a good thing going right now and we want to keep it going,'' Neil said. ''For the most part we did a good job of playing with the lead tonight and that's important. Once we got that early goal back that they got on the power play, our power play came up big and got two goals, and then Daugy came out and had a great shot. It's a nice way to get your first point.''

Clarke MacArthur scored his second goal of the game midway through the third to draw Toronto within one.

Jonas Gustavsson made 27 saves in his fourth straight start for the Maple Leafs, who had won two in a row.

''It was a good job by their team,'' MacArthur said. ''They battled hard all night and we might have played 25 minutes out there tonight so you can't expect to win games.''

Toronto, which has not lost consecutive games, went 7-3-1 in October and leads the Northeast Division with 15 points.

''Our attitude is not to lose two games in a row and what's happened, happened. We'll be focused on the next game,'' coach Ron Wilson said. ''We didn't accomplish anything but have a fairly good month so we've got to focus for our next two games, which are on the road, and go from there.''

Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson did not play after he was injured in Saturday's 5-4 shootout win in New York. Alfredsson had to be helped off the ice after taking a hit to head from the Rangers' Wojtek Wolski, who was given a minor penalty on the play.

''Alfie's the same as he was (Saturday) night,'' said MacLean, who confirmed that Alfredsson would not travel with the team for Tuesday night's game in Boston. ''We're going to follow the league protocol with it and we'll go from there.''

Ottawa's Zack Smith stripped the puck off Matthew Lombardi to set up the Senators' third goal 7:08 into the third. Daugavins beat Gustavsson with a shot from the right side to make it a two-goal lead. Linemate Bobby Butler went to the left boards to pick up the milestone puck on his behalf before joining the goal celebration.

MacArthur, who opened the scoring with a power-play goal 11:20 in, drew Toronto within one with his second of the game at 9:07. Linemates Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin assisted on both goals.

Greening tied it at 1-all with a power-play goal 16:16 into the first. Senators defenseman David Rundblad fed a long pass up the middle to Greening, who drove in on a breakaway and fired a shot past Gustavsson with 4 seconds left in a penalty to Toronto's Carl Gunnarsson.

Neil put Ottawa ahead 2-1 on a power play 7:59 into the second when he deflected Erik Karlsson's point shot past Gustavsson for his third of the season.

NOTES: Lehner was recalled from Binghamton of the AHL on Saturday. The 20-year-old Swede was 1-4-0 in eight games with Ottawa last season. ... LW Nikita Filatov played his third game for Ottawa after he was recalled from AHL Binghamton earlier in the day. ... Butler returned after missing seven games because of a groin injury.

Tagged: Senators, Maple Leafs, Daniel Alfredsson, Chris Neil, Clarke MacArthur, Jonas Gustavsson

Related Stories

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by



Play Hockey Simulation Game on WhatIfSports

More Than Sports on MSN

Fox Sports Store

    itemName itemURL imageSrc price itemDescription
    Reebok Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins Premier Hockey Jersey - Black http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Pittsburgh_Penguins/browse/featuredproduct/175178/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_175000/FF_175178_xl.jpg&w=100 159.95 Reebok Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins Premier Hockey Jersey - Black
    Reebok Dallas Stars White Premier Hockey Jersey http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Dallas_Stars/browse/featuredproduct/243363/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_243000/FF_243363_xl.jpg&w=100 124.95 Reebok Dallas Stars White Premier Hockey Jersey
    Reebok Tampa Bay Lightning Primary Logo T-Shirt - Royal Blue http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Tampa_Bay_Lightning/browse/featuredproduct/301017/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_301000/ff_301017_xl.jpg&w=100 19.95 Reebok Tampa Bay Lightning Primary Logo T-Shirt - Royal Blue
    Majestic Anaheim Ducks Black Official Logo Full Zip Hoodie Sweatshirt http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Anaheim_Ducks/browse/featuredproduct/398322/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_398000/FF_398322_xl.jpg&w=100 43.99 Majestic Anaheim Ducks Black Official Logo Full Zip Hoodie Sweatshirt
    Detroit Red Wings Youth Black Southpaw Backpack http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Detroit_Red_Wings/browse/featuredproduct/403205/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_403000/FF_403205_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Detroit Red Wings Youth Black Southpaw Backpack
    Reebok Chicago Blackhawks #88 Patrick Kane Red Premier Hockey Jersey http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Chicago_Blackhawks/browse/featuredproduct/408123/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_408000/FF_408123_xl.jpg&w=100 159.95 Reebok Chicago Blackhawks #88 Patrick Kane Red Premier Hockey Jersey
    Majestic New Jersey Devils Red Felt Tek Patch Pullover Hoodie Sweatshirt http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_New_Jersey_Devils/browse/featuredproduct/456774/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_456000/ff_456774_xl.jpg&w=100 47.99 Majestic New Jersey Devils Red Felt Tek Patch Pullover Hoodie Sweatshirt
    Vancouver Canucks 2011 NHL Western Conference Champions Hockey Stick http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Vancouver_Canucks/browse/featuredproduct/665779/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_665000/ff_665779_xl.jpg&w=100 11.95 Vancouver Canucks 2011 NHL Western Conference Champions Hockey Stick
    Majestic New York Islanders Royal Blue Felt Tek Patch Pullover Hoodie Sweatshirt http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_New_York_Islanders/browse/featuredproduct/752594/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_752000/ff_752594_xl.jpg&w=100 47.99 Majestic New York Islanders Royal Blue Felt Tek Patch Pullover Hoodie Sweatshirt