Senators 3, Maple Leafs 0
While Toronto was busy shutting down the Senators’ top line
Saturday night, Ottawa’s second unit picked up the slack.
Mike Fisher scored twice and Brian Elliott made 29 saves for his
second shutout of the season in the Senators’ 3-0 victory over the
Maple Leafs on Saturday night.
The line of Fisher, Alex Kovalev and Milan Michalek accounted
for all the scoring, with Kovalev scoring the other goal and adding
two assists and Michalek finishing with two assists.
”It’s nice to see those guys score goals,” Senators forward
Jason Spezza said. ”They’ve had a lot of chances lately and it’s
nice to see them get rewarded.”
Elliott made his first start in four games.
”Elliott did a great job and made some good saves when he
needed to and kept us with that lead,” Fisher said. ”We’re a much
better team when we’re playing with the lead. Divisional games are
really important and that was a big one for us.”
Jonas Gustavsson made 25 saves for Toronto. The Maple Leafs have
lost three of their last four.
”I don’t know if I’d call it frustrating but it’s tough for all
of us,” Gustavsson said. ”We had some scoring opportunities but
the puck wasn’t bouncing for us. We just have to keep working the
same way, try to improve myself and the other guys will do their
Kovalev opened the scoring late in the first period, collecting
a rebound and scoring on the game’s first power-play
Fisher made it 2-0 at 12:51 of the second, waiting for
Gustavsson to commit before slipping a backhander past the goalie.
With a minute left in the period, scored on a 2-on-1 break.
”Those were two of the nicest goals you’ll see all year
probably from our team,” Spezza said.
NOTES: With an average age of 26 years, the Maple Leafs are the
youngest team in the NHL. Los Angeles is second at 26.1. …
Toronto defenseman Tomas Kaberle is third on the club’s career
games played list with 842, two behind Darryl Sittler and 105 back
of Bob Pulford.