Anderson steals another one for Senators

They’re leading charmed lives, these pesky Ottawa Senators. They lived on the edge again on Tuesday night, falling behind 2-0 before coming back to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2.

Anderson steals another one for Senators

TORONTO — They’re leading charmed lives, these pesky Ottawa Senators.

They lived on the edge again on Tuesday night, falling behind 2-0 before coming back to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2.

Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza, and Kyle Turris, with the winner at 1:24 of the third period, scored for the Senators (26-16-6).

“(Daniel Alfredson) made a really nice chip to me coming through the middle,” Turris said. “I figured I’d shoot it instead of trying to beat the guy one-on-one. I tried to put it high glove, and, kind of as I was skating, I caught the goalie off guard and beat him, I guess.”

Matthew Lombardi and Joffrey Lupul scored for the Maple Leafs (22-18-5).

Craig Anderson, with another exceptional night for the Senators, wasn’t beaten after those two goals in the first period, making 37 saves in total.

Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer faced 21 shots.

“Obviously that’s a big two points for us,” Anderson said.

“Overall, just a great way to find a win, find the two points.

“Not the start we wanted, getting down two goals, but we’re a pretty resilient team. We battled through it, found a way to get it back to 2-2 and came up with a big goal in the third.”

The Maple Leafs’ first goal on Anderson wasn’t very good. Lombardi’s shot from the top of the right faceoff circle trickled through the netminder’s legs.

On the second, by Lupul, though, Anderson was hung out to dry after Jared Cowen lost the puck at Toronto’s blue line and Phil Kessel and Lupul got away on a two-on-one.

With only Sergei Gonchar back, Kessel got Anderson to commit and then slipped the puck across to Lupul for a shot into the open net.

With 7.5 seconds left in the period, however, Alfredsson pulled the Senators to within one with a high backhander from the edge of the left circle.

Spezza tied the game at 16:46 of the second period with his 20th goal of the season.

The puck initially appeared to go in off the skate of Kaspars Daugavins, but a video review determined that it hit an Ottawa stick — Spezza’s— after Daugavins’ skate, so it was a valid goal.

The animosity between the teams increased during the second period, particularly between Senators forward Nick Foligno and Maple Leafs defenceman Dion Phaneuf.

Foligno was penalized for clipping at 6:50, when he leaned over along the boards and let Phaneuf tumble over him. Phaneuf didn’t like that and a little more than six minutes later went after Foligno, prompting a spirited fight.

“I knew he was coming after me after that whole thing,” Foligno said. “So I just asked him if he wanted to fight and he obliged. So it was good, and we finished whatever we started.”

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WHY THEY WON: Because they displayed their characteristic resolve, not crumbling after falling behind 2-0. They patiently made they way back and played a strong third period.

STUD: Daniel Alfredsson. Got the Senators back in with a lovely backhander, then got an assist on Turris’ goal. Was on the puck all night.

DUD: James Reimer. His teammates gave him a 2-0 lead and he couldn’t hold on to it. Turris beat him on the short side for the winner.

LEAF FANS HATE HIM: Even after all these years, Maple Leaf fans still boo Daniel Alfredsson every time he touches the puck. But he got even with his 15th goal of the season with 7.5 seconds left in the first period. It was his 32nd goal in 73 career games against the Leafs.

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