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game recap

Toronto Maple Leafs 6, Ottawa Senators 0 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Toronto Maple Leafs 6, Ottawa Senators 0 FINAL
Toronto Maple Leafs 6, Ottawa Senators 0

OTTAWA (AP) _ Ed Belfour and the Toronto Maple Leafs handed the Ottawa Senators their worst loss of the season and took them out of the running for the Northeast Division title.

Belfour made 28 saves Saturday night in his second straight shutout and the Maple Leafs scored four goals in the second period en route to a 6-0 victory over the Senators.

``It's a little bit of a statement,'' Toronto forward Alexander Mogilny said.

Belfour, who stopped 17 shots in a 2-0 win against Buffalo on Friday, earned his career-best 10th shutout this season and the 75th of his career. Belfour tied Jacques Plante for third of the victory list with 435.

He is also even with New Jersey's Martin Brodeur for the shutout lead among active goalies and one blanking behind Tony Esposito for seventh on the NHL list.

Joe Nieuwendyk scored twice for the Maple Leafs, who had three goals in less than five minutes of the second period during the last game for both teams before the playoffs.

``I'm sure everyone anticipated a high-intensity game,'' Mogilny said. ``I think it was a matter of who scored the first goal. Eddie was on top of his game again. We scored first and the game changed from there.''

Ron Francis and Tie Domi each added a goal and an assist, and Mats Sundin and Robert Reichel also scored. Calle Johansson had three assists.

Francis moved past Michel Goulet into 19th on the career goals list with 549. Nieuwendyk tied Frank Mahovlich for 25th with 533 goals.

Ottawa fell to 17-7-2-1 against Toronto since April 8, 1999, 12-4-1-1 at home. The Maple Leafs won four of the six meetings this season.

``This game meant a lot for us, we wanted home-ice advantage,'' Leafs forward Mikael Renberg said.

A motion by Ottawa city council to ``fine'' Toronto fans who wore Maple Leafs jerseys didn't deter thousands from being among the sellout crowd. They filled donation bins to the Ottawa Food Bank and drowned out the cheers for the home side.

``I don't know about (making) a statement,'' Sundin said. ``We were just trying to finish as high as we can. We're happy with the two points.''

With 102 points, Ottawa can play Toronto, Boston or Philadelphia in the first round of the postseason. Toronto, which will finish no worse than fourth, could also play Montreal.

The Maple Leafs scored three times on nine shots and chased starting goaltender Martin Prusek from the game. Prusek, who was pulled Wednesday after allowing three goals on 18 shots at Florida, beat Philadelphia on Friday.

``We've got to put it behind us,'' Senators defenseman Wade Redden said. ``We obviously don't feel good about it, but it's not like they really dominated us. They got a few bounces and got some goals and it seems like it snowballed from there.''

Senators forward Peter Bondra left the game after taking a hard hit from Domi in the second period and didn't return from a lower body injury.

Left wing Vaclav Varada returned to Ottawa's lineup after missing 52 games following knee surgery, and center Todd White also played after sitting out 22 games because of a broken right foot.

Late in the first period, Francis redirected a cross-ice pass from Alexander Mogilny past Prusek for his 13th goal and third since joining the Leafs.

Nieuwendyk scored twice within 2{ minutes to start the second.

Prusek was pulled following Nieuwendyk's second goal, and Sundin welcomed Ray Emery by firing the first shot through his pads to make it 4-0 at 8:15.

Domi rammed Bondra into the end boards with a clean hit and, while Bryan Smolinski elbowed Domi in the face, Reichel snapped another shot through Emery's legs on a delayed penalty call for a five-goal lead.

Domi closed out the scoring with a goal in the third.

Emery made five saves the rest of the way.

scoring summary
1st Period
15:53
TOR
PPG - Ron Francis (13) ASST: Alexander Mogilny (22), Calle Johansson (4)
1 - 0 TOR
2nd Period
03:52
TOR
Joe Nieuwendyk (21) ASST: Alexei Ponikarovsky (19)
2 - 0 TOR
06:42
TOR
PPG - Joe Nieuwendyk (22) ASST: Ron Francis (27), Brian Leetch (36)
3 - 0 TOR
08:15
TOR
Mats Sundin (31) ASST: Mikael Renberg (13), Tie Domi (13)
4 - 0 TOR
14:06
TOR
Robert Reichel (11) ASST: Thomas Fitzgerald (10), Calle Johansson (5)
5 - 0 TOR
3rd Period
11:42
TOR
Tie Domi (7) ASST: Calle Johansson (6), Gary Roberts (20)
6 - 0 TOR
penalty summary
1st Period
03:32
OTT
Daniel Alfredsson  Interference against  Gary Roberts
06:29
OTT
Peter Bondra  Interference against  Mikael Renberg
07:39
TOR
Nik Antropov  Interference against  Antoine Vermette
14:51
OTT
Vaclav Varada  Roughing against  Bryan McCabe
14:51
TOR
Bryan McCabe  Roughing against  Anton Volchenkov
15:35
OTT
Mike Fisher  Tripping against  Mats Sundin
2nd Period
05:19
OTT
Chris Neil  Boarding against  Robert Reichel
14:22
OTT
Chris Neil  Hi-sticking against  Bryan Marchment
3rd Period
00:43
TOR
Alexander Mogilny  Hooking against  Antoine Vermette
19:05
OTT
Chris Neil  Hooking - Obstruction against  Tie Domi
19:05
OTT
Chris Neil  Misconduct (10 min) against  Tie Domi
goalie stats
Ed Belfour
SA: 28TOI: 60:00
Saves: 28EV: 25 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: 1.000SH: 2 - 2
Ray Emery
Ray Emery
SA: 8TOI: 32:44
Saves: 5EV: 5 - 8
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .625SH: 0 - 0
Martin Prusek
Martin Prusek
SA: 9TOI: 27:16
Saves: 6EV: 6 - 7
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 2
SV%: .667SH: 0 - 0
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