Toronto (7-9-5) at Ottawa (7-9-4) 7:30 p.m. EST
OTTAWA (Ticker) — The Ottawa Senators finally snapped a lengthy
losing streak during their last game. The Toronto Maple Leafs
are still trying to end their slide.
The Senators aim for back-to-back wins on Thursday when they
host the slumping Maple Leafs.
Four different players scored and Alex Auld made 18 saves as
Ottawa snapped an 0-4-2 stretch with a 4-1 triumph over the New
York Rangers on Saturday.
With the win, the Senators avoided their longest skid in nearly
a year, scoring four goals in a game for the first time in eight
contests and just the fourth time this season.
Toronto aims for similar results against Ottawa as it hopes to
end an 0-3-1 slide that includes a 6-3 drubbing against the
Atlanta Thrashers on Tuesday.
Nik Antropov, Jeff Finger and Niklas Hagman tallied for the
Maple Leafs, who lost for the eighth time in 10 games.
The game marked the Toronto debut of right wing Lee Stempniak,
who was acquired via trade from the St. Louis Blues on Monday.
Stempniak had an assist and took four shots.
Stempniak may end up helping the offense, but Toronto has
surrendered an NHL-worst 78 goals. The Leafs looked to backup
goaltender Curtis Joseph to turn things around, but it did not
Making his third start, Joseph made 24 saves but gave up three
goals before Toronto could get on the scoreboard themselves.