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Ottawa at Toronto

Senators hold off goal-starved Maple Leafs

CBSSports.com wire reports
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TORONTO -- The losses for the Toronto Maple Leafs are mounting.

Sergei Gonchar and Erik Karlsson scored power-play goals 2:26 apart, and the Ottawa Senators beat the Maple Leafs 3-2 on Tuesday.

Brian Elliott appeared poised to become the third consecutive goalie to blank Toronto until Francois Beauchemin trickled a point shot by him at 5:15 of third period. That ended the team's goal drought at 167 minutes, 39 seconds, the franchise's longest in 83 years, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

"We finally burst the bubble at least," forward Clarke MacArthur said.

The Maple Leafs went 181:45 without scoring from Dec. 3 to Dec. 8, 1927.

Making matters worse for Toronto was this: captain Dion Phaneuf left during the second period with an apparent injury to his left leg. He got tied up awkwardly with Ottawa's Peter Regin and needed assistance to get to the dressing room.

The team described it as a "lower-body injury."

"He's got a cut on his leg," Leafs coach Ron Wilson said. "It was deep enough that they wanted to take him to the hospital to determine the extent of the injury. That's the last I heard."

"He's been the heart and soul here so far," MacArthur said. "He goes down, [Brett] Lebda's got a Stanley Cup ring and he's ready to go. It's a tough loss obviously, but it's time for guys to pick up the slack."

Ottawa beat its provincial rival for the first time since last November. Mike Fisher had the other goal on a penalty shot for the Senators, who overcame some of their own goal-scoring woes.

"It's a good hard-fought win," said Elliott, who finished with 33 saves.

MacArthur also scored for Toronto (5-5-1). He now has seven goals this season.

The Maple Leafs have tumbled in the standings after a strong start. They are 1-5-1 in their past seven games, scoring only nine goals during that span.

"It feels like when it rains, it pours," MacArthur said. "The only way to get through [a slump] is just to start putting the pucks in deep and keeping it more simple plays. I think once we did that, when we went to the meat potatoes style of hockey, [we were successful]. As soon we started banging and getting pucks out of the corners, I mean we were all over them in the third period.

"It's just frustrating that we can't do that a little earlier."

General manager Brian Burke held an impromptu interview session with reporters during the first intermission, chastising fans who had been booing Phaneuf. Burke also addressed the scoring woes.

"Well, it's dried up a lot," he said. "Obviously, we're having trouble putting the puck in the net right now. I have nothing pending that might solve that. We're going to have to solve it internally for now."

Fisher opened the scoring at 17:06 of the first period on a penalty shot after he was hooked by Maple Leafs defenseman Mike Komisarek. Fisher beat Jean-Sebastien Giguere with a low shot -- becoming the second player in two games to score on a penalty shot against the goalie, following Ryan Callahan of the Rangers on Saturday.

The Maple Leafs had a number of chances to tie the game during two consecutive power plays early in the second, but were unable to beat Elliott. A frustrated Phil Kessel even slammed the puck into the boards shortly after a whistle.

The goals by Gonchar and Karlsson came just before the midway point of the game. They each beat Giguere with point shots.

After Beauchemin ended Toronto's long goal drought with his second of the season, MacArthur cashed in on a power play with 50.3 seconds left. However, the Maple Leafs couldn't complete the comeback.

"We're disappointed, but they're fixable things," Wilson said. "We've gotten in a little bit of a scoring slump but in third period we started to come out of it. That's a good sign."

Notes

  • Brett Lebda and John Mitchell were healthy scratches for Toronto.
  • Ottawa sat out Milan Michalek and Brian Lee.
  • Country singer Carrie Underwood attended the game and will perform at Air Canada Centre on Wednesday. She is married to Fisher.
  • Announced attendance was 19,409.
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Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf suffers a leg injury in the second period and is helped to the dressing room. (Getty Images)
Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf suffers a leg injury in the second period and is helped to the dressing room. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Ottawa  (5-6-1) «1203
Toronto (5-5-1)0022
Three Stars
M. Fisher
OTT


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
S. Gonchar
OTT


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
F. Beauchemin
TOR


Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
17:06 - Mike Fisher (4), Penalty Shot, Unassisted.
2ND PERIOD
07:33Power Play - Sergei Gonchar (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Karlsson, Alfredsson
09:59Power Play - Erik Karlsson (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Gonchar, Foligno
3RD PERIOD
05:15 - Nikolai Kulemin (2), Tip-In. Assist: Beauchemin, MacArthur
19:09Power Play - Clarke MacArthur (7), Wrist Shot. Assist: Grabovski, Versteeg
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
14:24Grabovski, 2 min, Slashing
2ND PERIOD
35.0Phillips, 2 min, Holding
02:39Ruutu, 2 min, Holding the Stick
07:19Caputi, 2 min, Elbowing
08:23Orr, 2 min, Roughing
11:34Gunnarsson, 2 min, High-Sticking
3RD PERIOD
14:16Spezza, 2 min, Cross-Checking
17:57Kelly, 2 min, Hooking
19:29Hale, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
Shots On Goal
 123T
OTT119466
TOR5121862
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Brian Elliott60:00332
Jean-Sebastien Giguere57:23213
Game Information
Attendance - 19409
Referees - Bill McCreary, Ian Walsh
Linesmen - Scott Cherrey, Brad Kovachik
 
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