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After a disappointing game against the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night (in their 3rd meeting with the team), the Leafs look to try and regain the better form that they have been inconsistently showing since the season first began.

Losing 6-2 in their 1st game of a home-and-home at the Air Canada Centre on Tuesday night, Toronto is now left with with task of trying to repeat their performance from the team's first 2 games of the season, with winning the last half of the home-and-home when the "Battle of Ontario" resumes in Ottawa tonight at 7:30PM ET.

Matt Stajan and Mats Sundin scored the only goals for Toronto, who have looked very dis-organised since their 5-4 Shootout loss to the New York Rangers last Saturday, and many times this season.

The last two games more so, possibly due to some experimentation in line combinations by Head Coach Paul Maurice.

Some could also be due to Toronto taking their opponents too lightly. With the Senators coming off of an 8-1 pounding of the New Jersey Devils in their previous game, the Leafs didn't seem up to the challenge with a team that now seems rejuvenated in Ottawa. Even with a shakey Martin Gerber in net on Tuesday night, Toronto failed to capitalize on the many chances thy received, though some credit can be given to the Senators defence, which has looked much improved since the return of Joe Corvo.

Leaf Goaltender, Andrew Raycroft, allowed 5 goals on 17 shots before being pulled after the 2nd period, though most of the goals were more due to gaffs by Leaf defencemen in their own end of the ice, than weak goaltending by Raycroft.

He now has an unimpressive 2.81 Goals Against Average and a decent .903 Save Percentage.

Mats Sundin's goal (366) moves him into sole possession of 2nd place all time on the Leafs' goal list, ahead of Dave Keon (365).

The Senators got goals from 6 different players - Mike Fisher, Dany Heatly, Andre Meszaros, Chris Neil, and Patrick Eaves. Eaves ended up with a Gordie How Hattrick after a controversial fight with Darcy Tucker.

Chris Neil said:
"Patrick Eaves never fought a day in his life. Tucker obviously did his homework in between periods, knows he doesn't fight. You don't like to see stuff like that happen."
For Ottawa, Ray Emery will likely get the start tonight at ScotiaBank place. Emery has had a strong start to the season, currently holding a 1.48 Goals Against Average and a .952 Save Percenage, and clearly being the better of the two Ottawa netminders thus far.

It is unknown whether Senators defencemen, Anton Volchenkov (who left the game with a sprained shoulder injury) will be playing in tonight's game.


Paul Maurice ran the Leafs through a tough practice the day after their loss to the Senators, letting the players in on some of his wrath.

Michael Peca said:
"Paul was more the drill sergeant. I think any team needs that. There is nobody to blame but ourselves for the way we have played in the past week and a half."
 
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