Toronto at Ottawa

Senators thrash Leafs, improve to 5-0 vs. provincial rival

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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OTTAWA -- The Senators' explosive offense caused another pizza party. Dominik Hasek's latest goaltending milestone would've been reason enough to celebrate.

Hasek earned his 67th career shutout, and Ottawa's Pizza Line combined for nine points during a 7-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night in the Senators' 1,000th regular-season game.

Hasek, who turns 41 on Jan. 29, made 23 saves for his fourth shutout of the season. He moved ahead of Patrick Roy into a 12th-place tie on the NHL's career blankings list.

"It's always nice to have a shutout, but to play in the NHL, it's not about shutouts, it's about wins," Hasek said. "I think we played a great all-around game. It was a great defensive effort, and on offense we scored seven goals so it was easy to win and nice to get a shutout."

Ottawa's top line of Daniel Alfredsson, Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza each had three points. Alfredsson scored twice -- the opener 39 seconds in and a short-handed tally -- to give him 29 goals the season and put the Senators ahead 5-0. Heatley and Spezza, who missed 12 of 13 games with a chest injury before returning to the lineup Thursday, each had a goal and two assists.

"I wasn't too happy with my game back against Anaheim," Spezza said. "My timing wasn't on very much, it didn't feel like it. I had a good practice (Friday) and I got back together with my linemates and I felt like my timing was on a little more tonight."

Mike Fisher had two goals, and Peter Schaefer also scored for Ottawa, which improved to 5-0 against its provincial rivals this season.

Ed Belfour allowed all seven goals for the Maple Leafs, who lost their season-high fifth straight after winning seven of eight, including a season-best six in a row from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2.

"Right now, I think we're playing a team that's struggling and lacking confidence big time, and missing some guys," Alfredsson said. "With the start we got it kind of made them feel like it was going to be a long night and we made sure we didn't let up on anything. We did a great job all night."

Toronto, which has been outscored 23-2 in its last three games against Ottawa, has eliminated the Senators from the playoffs in four of the last five seasons.

"Our only focus from now on is to turn this thing around," Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin said. "We have to get back to playing the way we did. The way we're playing right now, it hasn't even been two weeks. Before that we were playing really good hockey and we could beat any team in the league. We have to climb back to that, and it's going to take all of us in the dressing room. We can't look at the standings right now."

Fisher played delivery boy for the second time this season when he scored the Senators' sixth goal 14:07 into the second which -- combined with the Senators' win -- triggered a restaurant chain's promotion of a free slice of pizza for everyone in the team-record crowd of 20,093. He added his second of the game in the third period.

It was the 10th time in 23 home games that Ottawa has triggered the promotion, which was raised from five goals to six earlier this season.

The sellout was a franchise-record 19th in 23 games at the recently renamed Scotiabank Place.

Heatley scored on a flubbed shot at 17:35 of the first to make it 2-0. Schaefer got credit for his 11th at 19:31 to put Ottawa up 3-0.

Spezza, who assisted on Alfredsson's and Heatley's goals in the first, got his 14th goal 2:31 into the second. Alfredsson's second of the game, on a breakaway, made it 5-0.

Fisher got his 15th at 14:07 and added his second of the game, his 16th, at 4:54 of the third.

The Maple Leafs will remain in Ottawa, where they will face the Senators again on Monday night.

"We can't worry about what the end result is going to be on Monday, we have to make sure that we come out and work hard and just worry about the next shift we're on the ice," Sundin said. "We can't look further ahead than that."

Notes

  • NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was in attendance.
  • The Maple Leafs were outshot 41-23, including 20-5 in the first.
  • Fisher also scored the pizza goal on Dec. 26 in a 6-2 win over the New York Rangers. Alfredsson and C Bryan Smolinski have each scored it twice this season. Heatley, RW Chris Neil, D Brian Pothier and C Antoine Vermette also have "Delivery Boy" goals to their credit.
  • Hasek has won each of the five games against Toronto.
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Dany Heatley (left) and Daniel Alfredsson account for a combined six points in the rout.  (AP)
Dany Heatley (left) and Daniel Alfredsson account for a combined six points in the rout. (AP)
Scoreboard
Toronto (24-20-3)0000
Ottawa  (32-10-4) «3317
Three Stars
D. Alfredsson
OTT


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
J. Spezza
OTT


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
M. Fisher
OTT


Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
00:39Daniel Alfredsson (28), Tip-In - Assists: Jason Spezza and Anton Volchenkov
17:35Dany Heatley (31), Slap Shot - Assists: Jason Spezza and Patrick Eaves
19:31Peter Schaefer (11), Slap Shot - Assists: Mike Fisher and Brian Pothier
2ND PERIOD
02:31Jason Spezza (15), Wrap Shot - Assists: Daniel Alfredsson and Dany Heatley
08:17Short - Daniel Alfredsson (29), Backhand Shot - Assists: Dany Heatley and Anton Volchenkov
14:07Mike Fisher (15), Backhand Shot - Assist: Wade Redden
3RD PERIOD
04:54Mike Fisher (16), Slap Shot - Assists: Chris Neil and Peter Schaefer
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
20:00Heatley: Roughing - 2 min.
20:00Allison: Roughing - 2 min.
02:18Hasek: Delay of Game - 2 min.
11:21Klee: Holding - 2 min.
11:35Kilger: Delaying Game - 2 min.
14:11Volchenkov: Hooking - 2 min.
15:35Antropov: Hooking - 2 min.
2ND PERIOD
03:57O'Neill: Too Many Men on the Ice(bench) - 2 min.
06:38Eaves: Interference with goal tender. - 2 min.
09:34Khavanov: Hooking - 2 min.
18:20Schaefer: Tripping - 2 min.
3RD PERIOD
06:32O'Neill: Cross Check - 2 min.
08:30Schaefer: Tripping - 2 min.
13:46Alfredsson: Hooking - 2 min.
17:44Neil: Cross Check - 2 min.
SHOTS ON GOAL
 123OTT
Toronto5711 23
Ottawa20138 41
 
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