Ottawa (2-4-1) at Toronto (2-2-3) 7:00 p.m. EDT
TORONTO (Ticker) — The Toronto Maple Leafs enter Saturday’s
contest against the division-rival Ottawa Senators two days
after snapping a five-game losing streak in Boston.
While they did manage to salvage three points via shootout
losses, the Maple Leafs had been sputtering offensively prior to
Thursday’s four-goal outburst.
Toronto had managed just three goals in three previous games and
trailed, 2-0, after the first period against Boston. But four
different players scored goals and Vesa Toskala turned aside all
20 shots he faced over the final two sessions to seal the Maple
Leafs’ first victory since the season opener.
Defensemen Mike Van Ryn and Anton Stralman scored their first
goals of the season, with Stralman’s proving to be the
game-winner midway through the final session.
Ottawa will look to snap its own three-game losing streak as it
hopes to jump on Toronto early. The Senators have fallen behind
by at least two goals in each of the three losses.
In Friday’s setback to Anaheim, backup goaltender Alex Auld
spotted the Ducks a 4-0 lead before the Senators staged a late
rally, scoring three goals in a 4:01 span of the third period
before coming up short.
Blue-liner Filip Kuba recorded two assists for Ottawa, giving
him at least one point in all seven games this season.