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Now winning 3 in a row, and 5 of their last 6 games, the Toronto Maple Leafs travel to the Nation's Capital to take on the Ottawa Senators, the 3rd road game of the Leafs' 5-game trip. (7:00PM ET).

Toronto's success, though not abundant, has mostly come on the road where the Maple Leafs have won 6 of their last 7 games, their latest a tough 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Wednesday night, where Mats Sundin scored a the game-winning goal late in the 3rd for his 16th consecutive 20-Goal season and Leafs' record 12th consecutive in a Toronto uniform.

Andrew Raycroft once again had a solid outing for the Leafs, stopping of shots. Raycroft and Lundqvist got into a goaltending duel which saw the Leafs netminder come out on top after Sundin's deciding goal. Now he comes into tonight's game winning 3 straight games, posting a 1.00 Goals Against Average and .968 Save Percentage in that span.

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Alexei Ponikarovsky, who got hammered by Rangers Defenceman Aaron Ward earlier in the game, got the Leafs on to the board in the 2nd to tie the game. His goal being somewhat a form of revenge on Ward by having the puck bounce off his skate and into the net on the Powerplay.

Aaron Ward said:
"I wasn't facing the play. I was unlucky."
The play of Andrew Raycroft has been a huge factor in Toronto's success as of late. The goaltender now has a 2.94 Goals Against Average and .898 Save Percentage for the Leafs, and is 23-16-4 after 43 games (5-1 in his last 6). However, even with the team's mosre consitent performances on the ice, they will still be on the outside of the playoff picture looking in when tonight's game in Ottawa begins, 1 win behind both the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning for th last spot in the East.

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Mats Sundin's solid game for Toronto gives him the team lead in Goals and Points, with 46 in 45 games (20G, 26A). The Leafs remain 4th in their Division with 56 Points, still trailing the Buffalo Sabres by 18 in the Northeast.

Mats Sundin said:
"It's a big part of my job. I get paid to be productive and score goals."
The Senators, being one of the hottest teams in the league the last month, have gone 8-2 in their last 10 games.

Their latest game was a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals, where now Martin Gerber (now the most expensive back-up goaltender in the league) got the start and the win.

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Ray Emery is expected to start in net tonight for Ottawa in what will likely be another battle of the Sharpest when the 2 Rayzors duke it out in net once more, the Battle of Ontario swinging the way of Ottawa in the club's last meeting (3-2).

Ottawa also won the 3 of the 4 previous games, 2 of them being blowouts (7-2, 6-2). Toronto has won only the 2nd meeting of the season between the two teams, blowing out the Sens 6-0. The Series is now 4-1 in favour of the Sens, with tonight's gme being the 6th of 8 on the year.

Dany Heatley's play fr the Sens has been the team's driving force on offence for the team, with 21 Points in just his last 12 games, most of it in the absence of Centerman Jason Spezza. The sniper is currently leading the team with 31 Goals and 36 Assists for 67 Points in Games 53 games.

Heatley is currently 5th overall in League scoring, and 4th in Goals scored.

Emery has now undoubtable stolen the starting Goaltener job from Gerber in Ottawa, posting a superior 2.42 Goals Against Average and .921 Save Percentage, putting him among the best in the league. Emery also has a solid 22-12-1 record after 37 Games.

Ottawa is now tied with the Montreal Canadiens for the last home-ice slot in the Eastern Conference (30-21-2 after 53 games). They are also tied with Montreal for 2nd in the Northeast, 12 Points behind the leading Buffalo Sabres, and 6 up on the Maple Leafs.
 

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Battle of Ontario redux

February 03, 2007

OTTAWA (CP) -- The Battle of Ontario suddenly means something this season.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have charged back into the playoff race in the Eastern Conference and Saturday night's game against the red-hot Ottawa Senators should be a doozy.

"Yeah, they're playing great right now," Senators centre Jason Spezza said Friday. "They're fighting for a playoff spot and we're fighting for a position in the standings and we're also playing well.

"So we anticipate a pretty competitive game tomorrow."

The Leafs, left for dead by some a few weeks back, are only two points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference after winning six of their last eight games (6-2-0). The Senators have caught Montreal for fourth in the conference by going a scorching 13-3-1 in their last 17 games.

Something has to give Saturday.

"They're a great team," Leafs goalie Andrew Raycroft said Friday in Toronto. "They've got a lot of skill up front. It comes down to not taking penalties and playing solid D. If we ice (the puck) 100 times (Saturday night) it doesn't matter. We can ice it all night and win a few faceoffs and keep icing it if that's what it takes to win.

"We need to go in with that mentality -- play a tough road game and keep it close and try to win 2-1 rather than trying to blow them out by trading chances with them all night."

The Sens, you can be sure, have noticed the Leafs' surge.

"They are playing very well," Senators head coach Bryan Murray said after practice. "I'd like to think we're playing comparable. It should be an interesting game. Both of us have to also worry about all the other teams that are contenders in the East."
It comes down to not taking penalties and playing solid D. If we ice (the puck) 100 times (Saturday night) it doesn't matter. We can ice it all night and win a few faceoffs and keep icing it if that's what it takes to win.

"We need to go in with that mentality -- play a tough road game and keep it close and try to win 2-1 rather than trying to blow them out by trading chances with them all night."
I totally agree. They have to keep grinding it out for their wins, and I hope to see that kind of play tonight.

Hopefully there won't be another Senators blowout.
 

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Maple Leafs streak into Ottawa

(Sports Network) - The Toronto Maple Leafs can match their longest winning streak of the season tonight, when they visit the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place.

The Maple Leafs have been victorious in three straight and are just one away from their first four-game winning streak since November 4-11.

Toronto's latest triumph came Wednesday night in New York City, as they edged the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Andrew Raycroft was brilliant in net as he made 37 saves to help the Leafs earn the 2-1 victory.

Mats Sundin scored the game-winning goal and Alexei Ponikarovsky scored the other goal for the Maple Leafs, who have also taken five of their last six games.

The Leafs have 56 points on the year and come into Saturday's action two points out of a playoff spot in the East.

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Yes, that would own...

With the lack of media hype and such, I'd say that the Leafs should have a good chance tonight. (oh yeah, and it's on CBC for those who dont't know)

The fact that it's in Ottawa is a key point here. Toronto must continue to play the way that they have on the road to get away with this one.
 

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First Period Summary

TORONTO @ OTTAWA 0 1ST

SCORING SUMMARY

NONE

PENALTY SUMMARY

14:37 GREEN, T. : Interference - 2 min

19:22 SUNDIN, M. : Slashing - 2 min

SHOTS ON GOAL

Toronto 11 - Ottawa 10
 

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Second Period Summary

TORONTO 2 @ OTTAWA 0 2ND

SCORING SUMMARY

06:03 JEFF O'NEILL, Tip-In - Assists: MATT STAJAN and HAL GILL

14:52 MATS SUNDIN, Wrist Shot - Assists: ALEXEI PONIKAROVSKY and PAVEL KUBINA

PENALTY SUMMARY

07:49 REDDEN, W. : Delaying Game-Puck over glass - 2 min

09:41 SCHUBERT, C. : Hooking - 2 min

19:09 MCCABE, B. : Tripping - 2 min

SHOTS ON GOAL

Toronto 18 - Ottawa 8
 

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The games is now tied 2-2 with over 5 minutes left to go in the 3rd.

Senator Goals by Daniel Alfressdon (Spezza, Meszaros) and Mike Comrie (Corvo, Emery).

Toronto barely got away with one there. McCabe just yanked Corvo down and the ref missed it.

It'll be quite a finish, hopeflly with the Leafs coming out on top.
 

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Third Period Summary

TORONTO 2 @ OTTAWA 2 3RD

SCORING SUMMARY

04:47 PPG - DANIEL ALFREDSSON, Tip-In - Assists: JASON SPEZZA and ANDREJ MESZAROS

08:06 MIKE COMRIE, Wrist Shot - Assists: JOSEPH CORVO and RAY EMERY


PENALTY SUMMARY

03:45 BELAK, W. : Holding - 2 min

17:29 PHILLIPS, C. : Roughing - 2 min

17:29 ANTROPOV, N. : Roughing - 2 min

SHOTS ON GOAL

Toronto 6 - Ottawa 12
 

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Overtime Period

TORONTO 2 @ OTTAWA 2 (OT)

(OT) SCORING SUMMARY

NONE

(OT) PENALTY SUMMARY

NONE

(OT) SHOTS ON GOAL

Toronto 3 (38) - Ottawa 2 (32)
 

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Pohl nets SO winner; Leafs edge Senators

Canadian Press
2/3/2007 10:20:06 PM


OTTAWA (CP) - John Pohl scored the shootout winner as the Toronto Maple Leafs extended their winning streak to four games with a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.

Jeff O'Neill and Mats Sundin scored in regulation for the Leafs (26-21-6) who remained in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff hunt. Andrew Raycroft stopped 30 shots.

Daniel Alfredsson and Mike Comrie scored for the Senators (30-22-2) as Ray Emery faced 38 shots in a solid outing.

Emery and Raycroft were both solid in a scoreless first period, stopping several good chances to the delight of the 20,112 on hand at Scotiabank Place. Emery made a great save on Alexei Ponikarovsky at the eight-minute mark, while Raycroft looked stellar with a glove save on Mike Comrie late in the period.

Toronto outshot the Senators 18-8 in the second period and spent much of the period in the Senators zone.

The pressure paid off at the six-minute mark of the second as Matt Stajan found a wide open O'Neill, who beat Emery for his 18th goal of the season.

Sundin made it 2-0 with just over five minutes remaining in the period with a shot to the left corner.

Sens captain Alfredsson got his team on the board at 4:47 of the third period when he was left all alone and beat Raycroft to the left side.

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WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO :D OMG that shootout nearly killed me though, lol.
:laugh:

Woo! :D John Pohl with the winner!!! Great to see Raycroft stone Ottawa in the end there.

A nice win by Toronto after a good effort by both teams. Emery made a superb save on Poni in the shootout. After missing the pokecheck like he did, it's almost a sure goal, but he got the leg out to make a huge save.

However, Toronto came out on top. This is huge for the Leafs. Already winning 3 of their 5 road games, with 2 to go. :thumbsup:

Oh yeah, and John Pohl rocks! I almost changed my sig yesterday afternoon, but decided to wait just 1 more game. ;)
 

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I'm so happy that they managed to win this one. hopefully they can continue with this little streak they have got going.

I think raycroft definetely deserved to win this one. and how great was it to hear all the leaf fans chanting go leafs go last night?! haha and poor alfie being booed at home. its too bad the leafs have to go to ottawa to hear a decent go leafs go cheer:p
 

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its too bad the leafs have to go to ottawa to hear a decent go leafs go cheer:p
LOL! Leaf fans are much louder in Buffalo than they are in Toronto.

Yesterday's game in Ottawa came pretty close as well. :laugh:
 

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I thought it was kind of funny when Alfredsson got booed at home.
And did you hear all those Leafs fans?
That was a well-deserved win.
Although both goalies played superb.
EXCELLENT save by Emery in the shootout.
And good for Raycroft to deny Heatley and Spezza.
And what a goal by John Pohl! WAHOOOOO.
WOOOOOOOOOOT.
I hope we'll go 5 for 5 on this road trip.
It'd be sweeeeet.
 
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