Good October Ends On Sour Note

The Canadian Press | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

OTTAWA -- For a while the Ottawa Senators felt like they were playing a road game in their own building.

But a key goal by Kaspars Daugavins quited the Maple Leaf fans at Scotiabank Place as the Senators hung on against their provincial rivals.

Daugavins' first career goal stood as the winner as the Senators won their sixth straight game, 3-2 over Toronto on Sunday.

It's the Senators' longest winning streak since April 2010.

``It was a pretty weird feeling to be at home and be like a road team,'' said Senators goaltender Robin Lehner said of the heavy contingent of Maple Leafs supporters in the building.

``In the end the Ottawa fans were a louder I think, and it feels really special to get the win.''

Colin Greening and Chris Neil added power-play goals for the Senators (7-5-0).

``Special teams are going to be big for us all year,'' Senators forward Jason Spezza said.

``When you're a young hockey club, if you can play five-on-five even up and win your specialty teams battles, you're going to win most nights. This was a big game and they're playing great hockey right now and we knew it was a big challenge.''

Lehner made his first start of the year after being called up from Binghamton of the American Hockey League earlier in the weekend and made 23 saves.

Clarke MacArthur scored both goals for the Maple Leafs (7-3-1), the first coming on the power play. Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin provided the assists both times.

Jonas Gustavsson made 27 saves in taking the loss.

The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for the Leafs, but they closed out a respectable first month of the season. The big thing for coach Ron Wilson is that his club still has not lost two games in a row.

``Our attitude is not to lose two games in a row and what's happened has happened. We're focused on the next game because we didn't accomplish anything other than have a fairly good month,'' Wilson said.

``We have to focus for our next two games which are on the road and go from there.''

The Senators beat the Maple Leafs for the first time this season following a 6-5 loss in Toronto earlier this year.

Heading into the third period with a 2-1 lead, Senators forward Zach Smith stole the puck from Matthew Lombardi just inside the Leafs line and dished it off to Daugavins, who scored with a long shot that beat Gustavsson at 7:08.

MacArthur responded less than two minutes later to pull the Leafs to within a goal. Shortly after the Leafs went on a power play as Daugavins was called for hooking, but they failed on that opportunity and couldn't beat Lehner the rest of the way.

``The game went pretty fast up and down the rink and I thought at the end of the game we defended way more than I would have liked,'' said Senators coach Paul Maclean.

``We defended well enough to win the game obviously but we played most of the third period, especially after we got the lead, in our own end. I thought Robin Lehner made a couple of saves that were big.''

MacArthur opened the scoring 11 minutes into the first period as Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson sat in the penalty box for slashing.

Greening tied the game a little less than five minutes later on the power play, as the first period ended in a 1-1 tie.

Neil tipped a point shot from Karlsson past Gustavsson, again on the power play, for the only goal of the second period.

Notes: Senators forward Jason Spezza had his six game point-scoring streak snapped Sunday. He had 11 points over the previous six games...Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson leads the NHL with 12 assists...Senators forwards Zenon Konopka and Chris Neil are first and second respectively in the NHL with 49 and 46 penalty minutes...Phil Kessel had his four-game point streak halted Sunday, but he still leads the Leafs and the NHL with 18 points in 11 games.

Wednesday, November 2
@ New Jersey Devils
7:30 PM ET (TSN, AM640)

The Leafs are on the road once again playing the first game of a back-to-back against the New Jersey Devils for the first of four meetings this season. After playing in New Jersey Wednesday, the Leafs are in Columbus Thursday.

This will be the Devils' first game after a four-game road trip that saw them lose three games. 

Scoring Summary
1st Period
11:20TOR PPG - Clarke MacArthur (3) ASST: Nikolay Kulemin (2), Carl Gunnarsson (4) 1 - 0 TOR
16:16OTT PPG - Colin Greening (4) ASST: David Rundblad (3), Filip Kuba (4) 1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
07:59OTT PPG - Chris Neil (3) ASST: Erik Karlsson (12), Sergei Gonchar (9) 2 - 1 OTT
3rd Period
07:08OTT Kaspars Daugavins (1) ASST: Zack Smith (4) 3 - 1 OTT
09:07TOR Clarke MacArthur (4) ASST: Mikhail Grabovski (3), Nikolay Kulemin (3) 3 - 2 OTT
Three Stars of the Game
Erik Karlsson
Erik Karlsson
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 4
+/-: 1TOI: 24:16
Zack Smith
Zack Smith
G: 0Shots: 0
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 16:05
Clarke MacArthur
Clarke MacArthur
G: 2Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 15:42
Penalty Summary
1st Period
03:08OTT Colin Greening  Illegal Check To Head against  Mikhail Grabovski
09:51OTT Erik Karlsson  Slashing against  Joffrey Lupul
14:20TOR Carl Gunnarsson  Cross checking against  Colin Greening
2nd Period
04:33TOR Tim Connolly  Hooking against  Zack Smith
06:56TOR Nikolay Kulemin  Interference against  Milan Michalek
12:29TOR Tim Connolly  Roughing against  Chris Phillips
16:37OTT Jason Spezza  Tripping against  Mikhail Grabovski
19:42OTT Erik Karlsson  Tripping against  Phil Kessel
3rd Period
11:59OTT Kaspars Daugavins  Hooking against  Tim Connolly
19:55OTT Sergei Gonchar  Tripping against  Joffrey Lupul
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/62/4
Faceoff Wins1938
Blocked Shots1819
Penalty Minutes812
2L. SchennD0000011:44
3D. PhaneufD0001029:18
8M. KomisarekD0000014:15
11P. DupuisC0001011:47
12T. ConnollyC0003419:34
15M. LombardiC00-11013:24
16C. MacArthurL2012015:42
18M. BrownR00-11010:05
19J. LupulL0002019:16
20D. SteckelC00-11012:48
24J. LilesD0002022:36
36C. GunnarssonD0103223:45
39M. FrattinR000009:52
41N. KuleminL0212214:21
42T. BozakC000009:05
51J. GardinerD0002018:17
81P. KesselR0004022:01
84M. GrabovskiC0110016:41
50J. Gustavsson2730.90058:30
2J. CowenD0000017:55
4C. PhillipsD00-11019:04
7D. RundbladD01-10015:33
9M. MichalekL00-14019:26
14C. GreeningC10-13218:11
15Z. SmithC0110016:05
16B. ButlerR001008:52
17F. KubaD0112021:59
18J. WinchesterC0004014:05
19J. SpezzaC00-14220:46
21N. FilatovL000105:16
22E. CondraR0001017:42
23K. DaugavinsL1012215:13
24S. Da CostaC000108:13
25C. NeilR1003013:31
55S. GoncharD0102221:34
65E. KarlssonD0112424:16
71N. FolignoL0000012:45
40R. Lehner2325.92060:00