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Senators hope to end slide vs. Maple Leafs

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.



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