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Leafs Trounce Rival Senators

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

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Leafs Trounce Rival Senators
Toronto Maple Leafs 5, Ottawa Senators 0
Three Stars of the Game
James Reimer
James Reimer
SA: 49TOI: 59:57
GA: 0EV: 42-42
PIM: 0PP: 6-6
SV%: 1.000SH: 1-1
Phil Kessel
Phil Kessel
G: 1Shots: 6
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 17:59
Tyler Bozak
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 17:49

OTTAWA -- James Reimer couldn't stop smiling Saturday night, and who could blame him?

After watching Jonas Gustavsson start 11 of 12 games in goal for the Maple Leafs in January, Reimer made 49 saves for his second straight shutout as Toronto beat the Ottawa Senators 5-0.

1st Star
James Reimer
49 49 0 59:57 1.00
2nd Star
Phil Kessel
G A P +/- Shots
1 2 3 +3 6
3rd Star
  Tyler Bozak
G A P +/- Shots
1 2
+3 1

The 23-year-old admitted he hadn't been feeling overly confident about his game following his return from a head injury, but said he's determined to regain the form that made him Toronto's No. 1 goaltender last season.

``I really wanted to step it up a bit and the only way I know how is to work hard and do what I think is right and so I went home and got in a little better shape (during the all-star break),'' Reimer said. ``I never could have guessed that it would come with back-to-back shutouts; that's a lot of fun to experience.''

Reimer made 25 saves on Wednesday in a 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Leafs also had a solid outing from Phil Kessel who had a three-point night, including the game-winning goal.

Dion Phaneuf, Tyler Bozak, Luke Schenn and Cody Franson also scored for the Leafs (27-19-6).

Ottawa's Craig Anderson, making his 17th straight start and 50th appearance, had little help from his teammates as he faced 40 shots.

With their sixth straight loss, the Senators are looking at their longest winless streak since they went 0-9-2 last season.

3 Goals by Leafs' defencemen in the win over the Senators.
8 Combined points for the line of Lupul-Bozak-Kessel on the night.
74 Saves in back-to-back shutouts for James Reimer.
6 Shutouts on the season for the Leafs.
54 Points on the season for Joffrey Lupul which is a new career high.

The Senators remain in seventh in the Eastern Conference, but the Leafs are just one point back in eighth and Washington is just three points back in ninth. Both teams have games in hand on Ottawa.

``I mean there's urgency no question, panic's not the right word,'' said Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson. ``We need to find a way to dig deep here and work towards getting better in a lot of areas...everybody's got to come together and find one gutsy effort to build on.''

The Senators realize this black hole could be insurmountable if they allow it to get much bigger.

``Right now we're in a down point and it's just a matter of how quick we can turn this thing around,'' said Senators forward Jason Spezza. ``We've still got ourselves in the cluster of teams in the playoffs so it's no time to quit or get real down on ourselves.''

Spezza called this ``definitely the worst loss,'' but said the team needs ``to take a breath and relax and realize we're still in a fairly good position, not as good as we were in two weeks ago, but still in that battle and still a lot of hockey left to play.''

The Senators have made a habit of rallying to win this season, but the hole was too deep as they entered the third period trailing 3-0.

Any hope quickly died as Schenn made it 4-0 early in the period and Franson's power-play goal completely deflated Ottawa.

Playing their second game in as many nights, the Senators got into trouble early as the Leafs jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period. The Senators had two early powerplay opportunities, but couldn't connect on either.

``I thought those penalty kills were really big for our team,'' Phaneuf said.

The Leafs have not allowed a power-play goal in their last 14 games.

Midway through the period Kessel picked up his own rebound and beat Anderson through the legs to open the scoring.

Toronto made it 2-0 late in the period with the man advantage as Kessel found an open Phaneuf, who beat Anderson with a quick wrister.

``Phil's got great vision,'' Phaneuf said. ``He's got great hands and he showed it there with that pass through the seam. He put it right on my tape.''

Despite outshooting the Leafs 21-9 in the second Ottawa could not find a way to beat Reimer.

Bozak gave the Leafs a commanding 3-0 lead with his ninth of the season as he broke in around the defence and lifted a backhander over a sprawled Anderson.

Phaneuf said the atmosphere in the building was energizing and with so many Leafs on hand almost felt like a home game.

``Any time we come here the fans are great supporting us,'' he said. ``The fans are so loud and it's a great atmosphere to be a part of. It had a playoff type atmosphere.''

With three more home games remaining in this homestand the Senators will need to make some quick adjustments if they hope to remain in the playoff hunt.

Notes: Saturday's game was the second annual Bell Sens Youth Mental Health Night in support of D.I.F.D. (Do It For Daron), a youth-driven program focused on raising awareness and inspiring conversations about youth mental health. ... The Senators were without C Peter Regin (shoulder, out for season), C Jesse Winchester (concussion, indefinitely). D Brian Lee (lower body, day-to-day). Toronto's D Mike Komisarek, LW Darryl Boyce and LW Jay Rosehill were a healthy scratch.

Monday, February 6
  vs. Edmonton Oilers
  7PM ET (Sportsnet, AM640)

The Leafs return home to begin the first of a back-to-back against the high flying Oilers followed by Tuesday's visit to Winnipeg. This is the first of two meetings in nine days between the Leafs and Oilers.

Sam Gagner has been on fire as he became the third Oilers player to have eight points in game in the win over Chicago on Thursday .

scoring summary
1st Period
Phil Kessel (27) ASST: Tyler Bozak (20), Jake Gardiner (15)
1 - 0 TOR
PPG - Dion Phaneuf (8) ASST: Phil Kessel (26), Joffrey Lupul (33)
2 - 0 TOR
2nd Period
Tyler Bozak (9) ASST: Phil Kessel (27), Cody Franson (12)
3 - 0 TOR
3rd Period
Luke Schenn (2) ASST: Joffrey Lupul (34), Tyler Bozak (21)
4 - 0 TOR
PPG - Cody Franson (4) ASST: Mikhail Grabovski (19), Clarke MacArthur (12)
5 - 0 TOR
penalty summary
1st Period
Cody Franson  Interference against  Nick Foligno
Joffrey Lupul  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
Sergei Gonchar  Hooking against  Nikolay Kulemin
Erik Condra  Hooking against  David Steckel
2nd Period
Zenon Konopka  Interference against  John-Michael Liles
Clarke MacArthur  Too many men/ice - bench
3rd Period
Matt Carkner  Roughing against  Joey Crabb
Filip Kuba  Tripping against  Tyler Bozak
goalie stats
James Reimer
James Reimer
SA: 49TOI: 59:57
Saves: 49EV: 42 - 42
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: 1.000SH: 1 - 1
Craig Anderson
Craig Anderson
SA: 40TOI: 59:57
Saves: 35EV: 23 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 12
SV%: .875SH: 2 - 2
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