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Maple Leafs look for season-high win streak vs. Senators

OTTAWA (Ticker) -- In a matchup of teams far out from playoff

contention, the Toronto Maple Leafs have something to play for

when they visit the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.

Toronto will look to set a season-high with its fourth straight

win against its Northeast Division rival.

In their last five games, 60 minutes has not been enough for the

Maple Leafs as they have needed overtime or a shootout to decide

their fate.

Following a pair of home shootout losses to Columbus and

Vancouver, Vesa Toskala has helped Toronto win two games in the

bonus format as it swept through New York with three victories.

Niklas Hagman scored the game-winner during a 3-2 overtime

victory over the Rangers on Sunday and Toskala allowed only one

goal in a combined six shootout attempts in bonus format wins

over the Rangers and Islanders this week.

Ottawa has followed its season-high, five-game winning streak by

going 1-3-1 in its last five contests, including a 2-1 setback

against San Jose on Thursday.

Mike Fisher had the lone goal and Alex Auld stopped 22 shots for

the Senators, who are in the midst of a season-long, eight-game

homestand. They started the stretch Tuesday with a 4-2 win

against Carolina before dropping the meeting with the Sharks.


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