Toronto at Ottawa

Maple Leafs 5, Senators 4


OTTAWA -- Nothing has fazed the Toronto Maple Leafs lately. Not a slew of injuries or a less-than-bright postseason outlook.

Kyle Wellwood, Alex Steen, Darcy Tucker, Jiri Tlusty and Matt Stajan all scored for the Maple Leafs, who gave their playoff hopes a boost with a 5-4 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.

"We're showing what keeping the faith can do for a team," Steen said. "We don't quit."

More impressive than the Leafs' six straight road wins, is the fact they're winning without captain Mats Sundin and Nik Antropov.

The Leafs have won four straight against the Senators, and the teams will meet once more in the regular season. Toronto is 12th in the Eastern Conference and trails Philadelphia and Boston, tied at the postseason cutoff, by four points.

"This was a big win for us," Stajan said. "We're battling for our lives, and with the injuries we have we're showing what kind of guys we have. We're not going to give up."

Giveaways and turnovers cost the Senators, especially in the third period when the Leafs scored two goals in a span of 41 seconds to take the lead.

"Breakdowns, once in a while you take advantage. When you don't, you lose hockey games," Ottawa coach Bryan Murray said. "The two goals they got is from passes to two of their guys."

Daniel Alfredsson, Cory Stillman, Martin Lapointe, Dany Heatley scored for the Senators, and Martin Gerber stopped 29 shots.

Fifth-place Ottawa is two points behind New Jersey, but only one ahead of the New York Rangers.

Alfredsson opened the scoring 2:56 in when he caught goalie Vesa Toskala out of position.

Toronto tied it on Wellwood's power-play goal 4:14 into the second and took the lead when Steen was left alone in the slot, beating Gerber low glove side at 12:39.

Ottawa then scored three goals in a span of 2:27, tallying twice on the power play.

Stillman tied it 2-2 when he got two chances at the side of the net. Just 58 seconds later, the Leafs were caught out of position and Lapointe was left alone to beat Toskala.

Heatley made it 4-2 with his 37th goal. The Leafs salvaged the period, however, scoring with 54 seconds remaining when Tucker put in a rebound.

The Leafs rode the momentum into the third and scored twice in a span of 41 seconds to regain the lead.

Ottawa hadn't lost in regulation this season when leading after two periods.

"It's frustrating when you get a two-goal lead and blow it," forward Jason Spezza said. "You've got to be able to hold onto a lead going into the stretch drive."

Poor defensive play by the Senators allowed Tlusty to draw out Gerber and beat him on the backhand. Seconds later, a bad giveaway cost Ottawa when Stajan made it 5-4.

"We know we can play better," Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson said. "If we want to win down the stretch and in the playoffs we can't give up goals like that."

Ottawa had a power play in the final minutes and pressured to get the tying goal, but Heatley, who fired a shot with seconds left, hit the post just after the whistle.

Ottawa lost Chris Kelly near the 7-minute mark when he injured his left foot during a scrum in front of Gerber.

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Toronto  (35-31-10) «0325
Ottawa (41-27-7)1304
Three Stars
P. Kubina

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2
M. Stajan

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
M. Fisher

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
02:56Daniel Alfredsson (38), Wrist Shot. Assist: Mike Commodore, Jason Spezza
04:14Power Play - Kyle Wellwood (8), Slap Shot. Assist: Pavel Kubina, Alexei Ponikarovsky
12:39Power Play - Alexander Steen (14), Wrist Shot. Assist: Alexei Ponikarovsky, Kyle Wellwood
15:04Power Play - Cory Stillman (24), Wrist Shot. Assist: Jason Spezza, Christoph Schubert
16:02Martin Lapointe (5), Tip-In. Assist: Mike Fisher, Christoph Schubert
17:31Power Play - Dany Heatley (37), Wrist Shot. Assist: Andrej Meszaros, Cory Stillman
19:06Darcy Tucker (17), Slap Shot. Assist: Pavel Kubina, Tomas Kaberle
01:33Jiri Tlusty (7), Wrist Shot. Assist: Dominic Moore
02:14Matt Stajan (16), Tip-In. Assist: Jason Blake, Darcy Tucker
Penalty Summary
36.0Stajan, 2 min, Roughing
04:02Tucker, 2 min, Interference
04:02Neil, 2 min, Boarding
05:47Fisher, 2 min, Delay of Game
09:40Ponikarovsky, 2 min, Holding the Stick
02:44Vermette, 2 min, Tripping
05:20Blake, 2 min, Boarding
11:48Neil, 2 min, Roughing
13:39Bell, 2 min, Tripping
16:41Kubina, 2 min, Hooking
03:09Donovan, 10 min, Instigator
03:09Kronwall, 5 min, Fighting
03:09Donovan, 2 min, Instigator
03:09Donovan, 5 min, Fighting
03:09Blake, 2 min, Roughing
03:09Schubert, 2 min, Tripping
05:47Stralman, 2 min, Hooking
05:47Heatley, 2 min, Diving/Embellishment
18:33White, 2 min, Hooking
20:00McCabe, 2 min, Roughing
20:00Alfredsson, 2 min, Roughing
20:00Fisher, 2 min, Roughing
20:00Fisher, 10 min, Misconduct
Shots On Goal
Vesa Toskala60:00324
Martin Gerber58:30295
Power Play Conversions
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