The post-game report: A big game for Greening in divided Scotiabank Place, MacLean video, photos and more

More coverage from the Senators 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Place Saturday night.

IN A NUTSHELL

A week after losing 3-0 to the Leafs, the Senators turned the tables at home and edged Toronto 3-2 on a last-minute goal.

QUILL TO DAGGER

Colin Greening picked up the winning goal and two assists in the game on goals against his old Cornell University chum, Leafs goalie Ben Scrivens (they played four years of NCAA hockey together). The first helper was a nice feed to Mika Zibanejad, who tipped the puck at full speed past Scrivens. The second was, ehm, less pretty. He got the second helper on Erik Condra’s second period marker, a crease-crashing marker that had to go to video review. The winning goal, knocked out of mid-air in the dying minute, capped a huge night for him. He now has five points in his last three games after being made a healthy scratch against the Leafs a week ago.

Greening had plenty of compliments for Scrivens after the game, but he was also happy to pile the points on the fellow member of the Quill & Dagger Society, a secretive Cornell student group.

“I think he should be extremely proud of himself, he’s played so well” Greening said. “At the end of the day, did I wish I had scored on him? Probably, but I had to.”

PUSH TO SHOVE

The review of Condra’s goal didn’t last long. He was driven into the net and over Scrivens by Leafs defenceman Korbinian Holzner on what could have been a dangerous play for a team already missing No. 1 goaltender James Reimer. Condra didn’t doubt the outcome: “I didn’t think (it would be called off), I didn’t hit it with my hand and I know he pushed me into Scrivens and I knew it was after anyways.”

BANK ON A SPLIT

A campaign to fill Scotiabank Place with Senators fans for rivalry games against teams like the Leafs and Canadiens generated a lot fo bad press for the team earlier this month — and didn’t wind up working anyways. One strategy to “Take Back the Bank” involved offering discount tickets to season seat owners and asking them not to sell or pass them along to Leaf supporters. In an email pitching the promotion, the team even went so far as to threaten to revoke pre-sale privileges for those caught selling their tickets on the open market (the Senators later said Leaf fans were welcome at the rink). After all that, the crowd of 19,499 shaped up like it usually does for the Battle of Ontario, with close to a 50/50 split between Sens and Leafs fans.

TALE OF TWO GAMES

Said crowd was treated to an incredibly entertaining 60 minutes of hockey, including a nine-minute stretch in the second period of almost constant end-to-end rushes and a winning goal with just 23 seconds remaining. So it was pretty much the opposite of last weekend’s 3-0 snoozefest at the Air Canada Centre.

FLIP HIT

It may not have been the hardest hit of the season, but the hip check that 6-foot-3, 231-pound Senators defenceman Marc Methot put on 6-foot-tall, 188-pound (generous?) Leafs winger Nazem Kadri might have been the most dramatic. Methot caught him low and sent him cartwheeling in front of the Ottawa net.

NO, SERIOUSLY

Senators defenceman Mike Lundin was a late scratch for the game after coming down with the flu, so Andre Benoit jumped into the fray instead. And wouldn’t you have it in this bizarre Senators season, the injury replacement had to the leave the game with an injury. Benoit blocked a shot midway through the second period and spent the next five minutes trying to shake it off before heading to the dressing room. Fortunately for the Senators, the injury wasn’t serious — he was back out to play the third period.

MACLEAN SPEAKS

PHOTO GALLERY

BY THE NUMBERS

5: Points for Greening in his last three games after adding three more against the Leafs

25:28: Ice time for Methot, a Senators high and less than a minute behind Leafs leader Dion Phaneuf

22:01: Ice time for Bingo call-up Eric Gryba, who is starting to show he belongs

63: Total shots in the game

40: Total blocked shots in the game (Leafs – 22, Senators – 18)

1.000: Ben Scrivens’ save percentage against the Senators a week ago for the win

.914: Scrivens’ save percentage Saturday night

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