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Ottawa Senators 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 2 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Ottawa Senators 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 2 FINAL
Ottawa Senators 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 2

TORONTO (AP) _ The Ottawa Senators started setting new goals after stealing the playoff opener from the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Marian Hossa scored twice and the Senators beat the Maple Leafs 4-2 on Thursday night.

The Senators will try to grab a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series on Saturday before returning to Ottawa for Games 3 and 4.

``We said that we wanted to win one game here and we did,'' Hossa said. ``It's huge.''

Bryan Smolinski and Wade Redden also scored for the Senators, who are playing the rival Maple Leafs in the playoffs for the fourth time in five years. Ottawa, which held a 30-17 shots advantage, was eliminated by Toronto the three previous series.

``You don't win the series in the first game. I've seen in the past where other teams come into the visiting building and say they just want to win one game, but now we want to win a second game,'' Smolinski said.

Joe Nieuwendyk and Bryan McCabe scored for the Maple Leafs, an Original Six team that hasn't won the Stanley Cup since 1967.

Martin Havlat had two assists for the Senators, who came within one win of reaching the Stanley Cup finals last season.

``They were just better than us,'' Toronto captain Mats Sundin said. ``We took some penalties, we were undisciplined at times.''

Toronto's Calle Johansson and McCabe received penalties before Redden tied it 2-2 at 10:02 of the second period. Hossa scored the go-ahead goal just 38 seconds later.

Redden scored his goal on a one-timer. Then, Hossa skated in and sent a shot off goalie Ed Belfour's chest before putting the rebound past him.

``We were in the box the whole night. You can't create offense when you're killing penalties,'' McCabe said.

After Johansson tripped and turned over the puck early in the third, Hossa came in on a breakaway and scored after Belfour skated out of the net and tripped him. Hossa wasn't deterred, and he put the puck into an open net as he slid past Belfour.

``I missed the puck, and he just made a nice play,'' Belfour said.

Senators goalie Patrick Lalime looked sharp after missing the final four games of the regular season because of a strained left knee.

Lalime said he felt good.

``Now that we have one we want the next one as well,'' Lalime said. ``We know it's going to be tougher than tonight. We'll have to play a lot better.''

Nieuwendyk opened the scoring just three minutes in after Alexei Ponikarovsky made a nifty pass to a streaking Nik Antropov, for a two-on-one.

Smolinski tied it after his pass went off Toronto defenseman Bryan Marchment's skate and in at 5:05 of the first.

McCabe's one-timer from the blue line gave Toronto a 2-1 lead on the power play at 18:33 of the first, but Ottawa scored the game's final three goals.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:15
TOR
Joe Nieuwendyk (1) ASST: Alexei Ponikarovsky (1), Nik Antropov (1)
1 - 0 TOR
05:05
OTT
Bryan Smolinski (1) ASST: Peter Schaefer (1), Greg De Vries (1)
1 - 1 Tie
18:33
TOR
PPG - Bryan McCabe (1) ASST: Brian Leetch (1), Ron Francis (1)
2 - 1 TOR
2nd Period
10:02
OTT
PPG - Wade Redden (1) ASST: Daniel Alfredsson (1), Martin Havlat (1)
2 - 2 Tie
10:40
OTT
PPG - Marian Hossa (1) ASST: Radek Bonk (1), Martin Havlat (2)
3 - 2 OTT
3rd Period
01:39
OTT
Marian Hossa (2) ASST: Vaclav Varada (1)
4 - 2 OTT
penalty summary
1st Period
08:55
TOR
Alexander Mogilny  Hooking against  Martin Havlat
14:30
OTT
Mike Fisher  Tripping against  Bryan McCabe
17:16
OTT
Greg De Vries  Interference against  Gary Roberts
18:56
TOR
Nik Antropov  Interference against  Daniel Alfredsson
2nd Period
04:31
TOR
Calle Johansson  Hooking against  Marian Hossa
09:36
TOR
Mikael Renberg  Hooking - Obstruction against  Peter Bondra
09:45
TOR
Bryan McCabe  Slashing against  Marian Hossa
15:08
OTT
Chris Phillips  Hi-sticking against  Bryan Marchment
3rd Period
11:32
TOR
Mikael Renberg  Holding the stick against  Peter Schaefer
14:33
OTT
Peter Schaefer  Roughing against  Gary Roberts
14:33
OTT
Mike Fisher  Roughing against  Gary Roberts
14:33
TOR
Gary Roberts  Roughing against  Mike Fisher
14:33
TOR
Gary Roberts  Roughing against  Mike Fisher
15:42
TOR
Alexei Ponikarovsky  Roughing against  Greg De Vries
19:27
TOR
Ed Belfour  Unsportsmanlike conduct
goalie stats
Patrick Lalime
Patrick Lalime
SA: 17TOI: 59:56
Saves: 15EV: 11 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .882SH: 3 - 3
Ed Belfour
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
Saves: 26EV: 19 - 21
PIM: 2PP: 6 - 8
SV%: .867SH: 1 - 1
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