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Jiggy Shuts The Door On Senators

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

The Canadian Press

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Jiggy Shuts The Door On Senators
Ottawa Senators 0, Toronto Maple Leafs 5
TORONTO -- Ron Wilson leaned on the lectern with both hands. It was the end of a night that had been punctuated with a win, but it was also the end of a day filled with sadness for the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the head coach opened his post-game media address on a personal note.

He is a parent, a grandparent, and a long-time friend of general manager Brian Burke, who lost his youngest son to a car accident on Friday. The Leafs held a moment of silence to honour the memory of Brendan Burke before Saturday night's game at the Air Canada Centre, displaying his picture on the giant screens above centre ice.

``I've known Brendan almost since the day he was born,'' Wilson said. ``He was a special kid. It's just the worst thing that any parent could possibly imagine. It's been so hard. You're trying to prepare for a game. There's a lot on your plate right now - for both Brian and myself, because we have not only the Leafs, but the Olympics.''

Looking drained, Wilson said Burke had texted team management for an update of the game against the Ottawa Senators, which the Leafs won in a rout, a 5-0 upset.

``We had a job to do tonight,'' Wilson said. ``And we tried to compartmentalize the whole situation as much as possible.''

Toronto was led by forward Phil Kessel and defenceman Luke Schenn, who each collected two goals and an assist. The loss snapped Ottawa's franchise-high 11-game win streak, handing the Senators their first loss since Jan. 12.

Leafs goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere became the first goaltender in franchise history to open his debut season with back-to-back shutout wins. He made 30 saves to win for the second game in a row since he was acquired in a trade with Anaheim Jan. 31. It was from that time spent in Anaheim - on a team built by Brian Burke - that left Giguere with some of the strongest ties to the game's most emotional moments.

``I think our goal here is to make sure that Burkie and his family don't have to worry about us,'' Giguere said. ``They have enough on their plate right now. It's hard enough as it is to lose somebody you love like this, and I can't even imagine a kid.''

Toronto players expressed sorrow for their general manager and his family, as did Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson, who told reporters: ``I can't imagine the feelings their family is going through.''

Alfredsson seemed to be one of the channels through which the crowd was able to sneak back into the mood for hockey. It booed him lustily when he touched the puck in the first period, and seemed to grow even louder in the second as the Senators scrambled to regain their footing.

Ottawa stumbled early in Toronto. The Senators were called for five penalties in the first period, four of which resulted in power plays for the struggling Leafs. Kessel seized upon one to give the home side a 1-0 lead five minutes into the first period.

Schenn blasted a shot by Senators goaltender Brian Elliott to give the Leafs a 2-0 lead later in the period, and forward Tyler Bozak scored 28 seconds later to build the three-goal advantage. Kessel and Schenn each added another goal, and Elliott was replaced at the beginning of the third period by Pascal Leclaire.

Wilson admired his team's focus.

``Having lost my dad and my mom when they were fairly young, I have a sense of what grief's all about,'' he said. ``The way you go through this, you can't believe it until you get closer to the funeral. Then it hits you, then you're kind of numb. And then, after a few numb days, then it all comes piling on.

``So we're going to be really strong for Brian. I'm really proud of our team.''

NOTES: Leafs defenceman Tomas Kaberle, one of the few remaining links to the team's biggest games with the Senators, entered the game with more points against Ottawa than any of his teammates. The 31-year-old had 25 points in 59 career games against the Senators _ though only one of those points was a goal. . . Spezza established a franchise record when he scored in the eighth consecutive game on Feb. 4, a 3-1 win over Vancouver. . . Toronto and Ottawa will face each other just after the Olympic break, with the Senators at home on March 6.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:44
TOR
PPG - Phil Kessel (19) ASST: Dion Phaneuf (13), Tomas Kaberle (39)
1 - 0 TOR
16:15
TOR
Luke Schenn (3) ASST: Fredrik Sjostrom (7), Rickard Wallin (5)
2 - 0 TOR
16:43
TOR
Tyler Bozak (2) ASST: Phil Kessel (19), Luke Schenn (8)
3 - 0 TOR
2nd Period
18:35
TOR
Phil Kessel (20) ASST: Tyler Bozak (8), Alexei Ponikarovsky (22)
4 - 0 TOR
3rd Period
08:17
TOR
Luke Schenn (4) ASST: NONE
5 - 0 TOR
penalty summary
1st Period
01:01
OTT
Matt Carkner  Tripping against  Wayne Primeau
04:01
OTT
Alexandre Picard  Tripping against  Nikolay Kulemin
08:25
TOR
Colton Orr  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Carkner
08:25
OTT
Matt Carkner  Fighting (maj) against  Colton Orr
13:52
OTT
Alex Kovalev  Slashing against  Tyler Bozak
18:20
OTT
Matt Carkner  Elbowing against  John Mitchell
2nd Period
02:02
OTT
Alex Kovalev  Hooking against  John Mitchell
05:26
TOR
Luke Schenn  Holding against  Chris Neil
12:25
TOR
Alexei Ponikarovsky  Hooking against  Ryan Shannon
3rd Period
03:44
TOR
Colton Orr  Cross checking against  Chris Neil
10:32
OTT
Peter Regin  Cross checking against  Nikolay Kulemin
11:38
TOR
Christian Hanson  Boarding against  Matt Carkner
goalie stats
Brian Elliott
Brian Elliott
19-12-3
SA: 30TOI: 39:59
Saves: 26EV: 16 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .867SH: 2 - 2
Pascal Leclaire
Pascal Leclaire
SA: 7TOI: 19:58
Saves: 6EV: 4 - 5
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .857SH: 1 - 1
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
Saves: 30EV: 24 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: 1.000SH: 3 - 3
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