OTTAWA, Ont. — Phil Kessel had a goal and an assist and James Reimer made 29 saves as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Ottawa Senators 3-1 on Saturday night.
Tim Connolly and Dion Phaneuf also scored for Toronto (32-32-8), with Reimer winning his second straight while extending his perfect record at Scotiabank Place to 4-0.
Colin Greening scored the lone goal for Ottawa (37-26-10) and Ben Bishop, making his sixth straight start, faced just 18 shots in his first regulation loss.
Two third period power-play goals put this game out of reach for the Senators.
The Leafs took a 2-0 lead on Kessel’s power play goal just 53 seconds into the third as he beat a screened Bishop from the top of the slot.
The Senators thought they had the cut lead in half on a Jason Spezza power-play goal just over two minutes later, but it was called back as it appeared Spezza had kicked it in.
The Senators power play continues to struggle as it’s now gone 0-for-18 in the last five games.
The Leafs made it 3-0 midway through the third with their second power-play goal of the game as Phaneuf fired a shot from inside the right faceoff circle.
Greening broke Reimer’s shutout bid with just over one minute remaining as he tipped Filip Kuba’s shot.
The dislike between these two teams was evident early in the game as Sergei Gonchar and Clarke MacArthur fought midway through the first. This was Gonchar’s first fight since 1998 and just the second of his career.
The Leafs took a 1-0 lead at the seven-minute mark of the second as Erik Karlsson’s clearing attempt from behind the net bounced in off Bishop’s skates. Connolly was given credit for the goal.
The intensity of the game continued to rise in the second as Nick Foligno and Luke Schenn came to blows, followed by Chris Neil and Mikhail Grabovski during the same stoppage in play. Grabovski was given two game misconducts and a fighting major for the incident.
The win allowed the Leafs to split the season series with the Senators 3-3.
Notes: The Senators were without G Craig Anderson (finger, indefinitely), C Peter Regin (shoulder, out for season), C Jesse Winchester (concussion, indefinitely). D Matt Carkner, LW Kaspars Daugavins and C Zenon Konopka were a healthy scratch. … The Leafs were without LW Joffrey Lupul (right shoulder, out indefinitely), LW Mike Brown (leg out indefinitely) and RW Nikolai Kulemin (finger, out indefinitely). D Cody Franson was a healthy scratch. … The second intermission featured a lesbian marriage proposal on the ice, a first at Scotiabank Place.