Ottawa Citizen

Senators: Volchenkov injured

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There was one casualty for the Senators. Defenceman Anton Volchenkov left the game in the second period with what was said to be a strained left shoulder. It was not known how long he might be out of the lineup.

Murray was keeping his fingers crossed after the game, but he sounded a little more hopeful after a quality result.

“ I think every game is an individual game, I really mean that,” he said. “ We were struggling early and having trouble putting together two good games.

“ Some of our better players are playing better. If that’s enough to say we’ve turned the corner, then we have. I hope we have.”

Heatley said the key was that the Senators kept moving.

“ The last game ( a 6- 0 loss to the Leafs in Ottawa), they outskated us,” Heatley said. “( Last night), we outskated them.

“ If we’re skating and moving the puck, good things happen.”

Maple Leafs coach Paul Maurice was distressed.

“ We didn’t compete hard enough and in the manner we needed to compete,” Maurice said.

“ It’s disappoint­ing every night we don’t get to our level.”

Almost from the opening faceoff, the Senators dominated the Maple Leafs ( 4- 3- 2), who looked as if they were on unsharpene­d skates.

Fisher opened the scoring at 2: 52 when Tom Preissing gave him a pass that put him alone in the slot. After one move, Fisher slid the puck by Raycroft’s glove into the right side of the net.

Ten minutes later, Meszaros scored when his shot from the right point deflected off a Toronto stick and went over Raycroft’s glove.

Then, with just 13.9 seconds to go in the period, Eaves scored a hard- working powerplay goal. He got position behind Maple Leafs pylon Hall Gill at the top of the crease, accepted a pass from Preissing, spun and wrapped the puck in- to the right side.

It was only Ottawa’s third power- play goal in 39 attempts.

The Senators came right back at the Maple Leafs in the second period.

The first goal, on the power play from Vermette, probably shouldn’t have happened. The Leafs were actually going on a power play when Volchenkov was sent off for interferen­ce.

Tucker inexplicab­ly lost his mind, though, and followed Volchenkov into the penalty box 12 seconds later for boarding.

There were three seconds left in Tucker’s penalty when Vermette scored. In the slot, he deflected a lovely pass from Fisher through the legs of Raycroft.

Spezza and Heatley combined for the next goal exactly four minutes later, Spezza giving Heatley a pass in the slot for a backhander past Raycroft.

The only blemish of the period for the Senators was Toronto’s goal 49 seconds later, the result of sloppy defensive coverage.

 ?? MIKE CASSESE, REUTERS ?? Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk, left, had the opportunit­y to share a private suite with recent Pittsburgh Penguins buyer Jim Balsillie, right, last night during Ottawa’s NHL game in Toronto against the Maple Leafs. Perhaps the conversati­on was...
MIKE CASSESE, REUTERS Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk, left, had the opportunit­y to share a private suite with recent Pittsburgh Penguins buyer Jim Balsillie, right, last night during Ottawa’s NHL game in Toronto against the Maple Leafs. Perhaps the conversati­on was...

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