As John Tortorella would say, they got an occasional (expletive deleted) save. For a team that has spent most of the new year playing catch-up thanks to goal after soft goal early in games, its latest addition was a revelation. Craig Anderson, acquired from the Colorado Avalanche for Brian Elliott Friday, stopped 47 shots for a shutout in his first game in an Ottawa sweater. Nice way to endear himself to a new group, no?
Craig Anderson, Senators
Who else? He was outstanding as the Leafs bombarded him with shots throughout the game. Anderson does have a history of frustrating Toronto — he entered the game with a 3-1-0 lifetime record and .941 save percentage against the Buds.
Dion Phaneuf, Leafs
With all the opportunities the Leafs got thanks to some atrocious officiating, they should have been able to take a lead in this one. Power play quarterback Tomas Kaberle is now playing in Boston, however, leaving the bulk of the work to Phaneuf (he played 9:03 on the PP). Neither he, nor any other Leafs defenceman, could generate a thing on six opportunities.
Jason Spezza’s shootout goal. It only took 10 tries, but the Senators have a win in extra time this season. With Anderson holding down the fort at the other end, Spezza skated in slowly and beat Toronto goalie James Reimer with a beauty of a top corner shot. We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention how steady Reimer was in this one, too. He also gets credit for the shutout after stopping 22 shots in regulation and OT.
- 2: Consecutive road wins for the Senators.
- 1: Win for Anderson in his last six games.
- 12-5-7: Toronto’s record in one-goal games.
YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
When the CBC cameras panned across scouts row in the press box at the Air Canada Centre Saturday night, you almost expected to see the men in suits holding paddles instead of typing on laptops. With Senators general manager Bryan Murray auctioning off players with remarkable speed (four since last Thursday) and Leafs counterpart Brian Burke showing this week that he’s willing to deal too, 14 NHL teams sent representatives to watch this game. Considering the score, however, it wasn’t exactly a stellar showcase.
In a game with so few scoring highlights, a good second period bout really stood out. Ottawa’s Francis Lessard — who is also fighting to stay with the big club — and Toronto’s Jay Rosehill threw about a zillion punches in the 30 seconds or so their battle lasted (obviously ascribing to the belief that blocking is for wusses). These two know why they’re in the lineup, and they delivered it in the combined 5:15 of ice time they saw.