Ottawa at Toronto

Kessel nets hat trick, Leafs hold off Sens in wild game


TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs didn't allow a goal in their first five periods of the season.

Suddenly, their strong defensive game unravelled in a hurry.

The Maple Leafs almost wasted a hat trick by Phil Kessel on Saturday night, surviving a furious Ottawa comeback to hang on for a 6-5 victory over the Senators.

Up 5-1 midway through the third period, Toronto sat back and watched as Ottawa jumped into the game.

"I'm hoping it was all a dream and I'm going to go out there for the third period," said James Reimer, who had his shutout streak broken at 101:42. "But, you know what, a win's a win.

"It sure wasn't pretty, but the fans got their money's worth and we got the two points."

Mikhail Grabovski, Joffrey Lupul and Colton Orr also scored for Toronto, and Reimer made 27 saves.

Kessel added an assist, while Lupul had two.

"We played good for 50 minutes and took our foot off the pedal," Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf said. "We got to learn from that, but it's a big two points for our team and we'll take them."

Daniel Alfredsson scored twice for the Senators, coming off a 5-3 loss in Detroit on Friday night. Colin Greening, Jason Spezza and Stephane Da Costa, with his first in NHL goal, also scored, and Erik Karlsson had three assists.

Alex Auld took the loss in relief for Ottawa after allowing two goals in the third period. Craig Anderson started and gave up four goals on 20 shots through two periods.

Alfredsson made it a 5-2 at 11:04 of the third with a short-handed breakaway goal after taking a clearing attempt coming out of the penalty box.

The Senators then struck for a pair of power-play goals. Spezza scored with 4:24 left and Alfredsson got his second of the game on a deflection 8 seconds later.

Kessel replied for the Leafs with his third of the game with 2:19 left, snapping a shot over Auld's glove hand on a 2-on-1 rush.

But Ottawa struck back when Da Costa took a feed from Karlsson and scored with 1:54 to go.


  • Orr took Jay Rosehill's spot in the lineup for Toronto.
  • Ottawa plays back-to-back games 16 times this season.
  • The Maple Leafs started the season tied for the second youngest roster (26.3) in the league behind the Nashville Predators.
  • The Leafs have a week off until they face Calgary at home next Saturday night.
  • The Senators return to Ottawa for their home opener Tuesday night against Minnesota.
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Phil Kessel puts Toronto up 4-0 with his second goal before later completing his hat trick with the winning goal. (AP)
Phil Kessel puts Toronto up 4-0 with his second goal before later completing his hat trick with the winning goal. (AP)
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Three Stars
P. Kessel

Goals: 3
Assist(s): 1
D. Phaneuf

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 1
D. Alfredsson

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
12:58Power Play - Mikhail Grabovski (1), Snap Shot. Assist: Kulemin, Phaneuf
18:51 - Phil Kessel (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Lupul, Gunnarsson
07:56Power Play - Joffrey Lupul (1), Tip-In. Assist: Liles, Kessel
18:49 - Phil Kessel (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Bozak, Lupul
01:42 - Colin Greening (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Gonchar, Spezza
02:52 - Colton Orr (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Brown
11:04Short - Daniel Alfredsson (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Phillips, Smith
15:36Power Play - Jason Spezza (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Michalek, Karlsson
15:44Power Play - Daniel Alfredsson (2), Tip-In. Assist: Karlsson
17:41 - Phil Kessel (3), Wrist Shot. Assist: Lombardi, Schenn
18:06 - Stephane Da Costa (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Karlsson
Penalty Summary
02:58Schenn, 2 min, Roughing
05:42Brown, 5 min, Fighting
05:42Konopka, 5 min, Fighting
08:12Lupul, 2 min, Tripping
11:47Cowen, 4 min, High-Sticking
03:14Foligno, 2 min, Roughing
04:28Lupul, 2 min, Roughing
06:33Neil, 5 min, Fighting
06:33Neil, 2 min, Roughing
06:33Neil, 2 min, Instigator
06:33Neil, 10 min, Misconduct
06:33Schenn, 5 min, Fighting
11:21Komisarek, 2 min, Interference
03:01Grabovski, 2 min, Hooking
04:20Karlsson, 2 min, Tripping
07:12Filatov, 2 min, Hooking
08:57Alfredsson, 2 min, Tripping
09:10Konopka, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
14:19Smith, 2 min, Roughing
14:19Komisarek, 2 min, Roughing
14:19Komisarek, 2 min, High-Sticking
14:25Phaneuf, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
19:53Phaneuf, 2 min, Hooking
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