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OTTAWA (AP) - The Ottawa Senators kept it simple in a shootout against Vesa Toskala and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Rather than trying to deke the goalie, Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson beat Toskala with shots to give Ottawa a 2-1 victory on Thursday night in a game overshadowed by the Maple Leafs reportedly reaching a deal with former Anaheim GM Brian Burke.
Spezza scored on the Senators' first attempt.
"He plays a little deeper than most guys so that was kind of my reasoning behind shooting," Spezza said. "I thought maybe to deke if he came out far, but ... I think he was relying on playing deep and not letting us beat him on a deke."
Alfredsson scored on Ottawa's third attempt to give the Senators their second straight victory.
"Usually, I kind of take it as it goes, but today I just made up my mind to kind of pull it in and then go high glove," Alfredsson said.
Alex Auld stopped Nikolai Kulemin and Lee Stempniak in the shootout after turning aside 25 shots during the game.
"Toskala stood on his head but Auldie's just been rock solid for us," Spezza said. "He hasn't allowed too many goals, his numbers are great, he's playing with a lot of confidence and he seems to be a guy who's really seeing the puck well and playing really well for us right now."
Mike Fisher returned to the Senators' lineup and opened the scoring early in the first. Kulemin drew Toronto even moments later.
Toskala stopped 34 shots to help the Maple Leafs earn a standings point despite extending their losing streak to five (0-3-2).
"He was awesome for us," rookie defenseman Luke Schenn said. "He definitely gave us a chance to win."
Off the ice, Burke and the Maple Leafs agreed to a six-year deal for the former Ducks general manager to take over as president and GM, The Associated Press learned Thursday night. Burke spent the past three-plus seasons with the Ducks, leading them to a Stanley Cup title in 2007. He'll replace Cliff Fletcher, hired as interim general manager following the firing of John Ferguson in January.
Ottawa outshot Toronto 35-26 overall, including a 5-0 margin in overtime as Toskala came up with a pair of big stops on Fisher in the final seconds of the extra period.
"It wasn't for lack of chances," Fisher said. "We had some good, quality shots and chances and he played really well."
The Maple Leafs ended a team-record 17-game stretch without being outshot.
The Senators hadn't played since their 4-1 win over the New York Rangers on Saturday ended a 0-4-2 skid.