Maple Leafs 3, Senators 1

Associated Press  |  Last updated March 17, 2012
Phil Kessel had a goal and an assist and James Reimer made 29 saves to help the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Ottawa Senators 3-1 on Saturday night. Tim Connolly and Dion Phaneuf also scored for Toronto. Reimer won his second straight to improve to 4-0 at Scotiabank Place, allowing only Colin Greening's goal. Ben Bishop, making his sixth straight start, faced just 18 shots in his first regulation loss. Ottawa was 0 for 3 on the power play and is 0 for 18 in the last five games. The Leafs made it 3-0 midway through the third with their second power-play goal of the game when Phaneuf fired a shot from inside the right faceoff circle. Greening broke Reimer's shutout bid with just over a minute remaining, tipping in Filip Kuba's shot. The dislike between these two teams was evident early when Ottawa's Sergei Gonchar and Toronto's Clarke MacArthur fought midway through the first. Gonchar's only other NHL fight was in 1998. The Leafs opened the scoring midway through the second when Erik Karlsson's clearing attempt from behind the net bounced in off Bishop's skates. Connolly was given credit for the goal. The intensity rose in the second when Nick Foligno and Toronto's Luke Schenn came to blows, followed by Chris Neil and Toronto's Mikhail Grabovski during the same stoppage in play. Grabovski was given two game misconducts and a fighting major. NOTES: The teams split the season series 3-3. ...Notes: The Senators were without G Craig Anderson (finger, indefinitely), C Peter Regin (shoulder, out for season), C Jesse Winchester (concussion, indefinitely). D Matt Carkner, LW Kaspars Daugavins and C Zenon Konopka were healthy scratches. ... The Leafs were without LW Joffrey Lupul (right shoulder, out indefinitely), LW Mike Brown (leg8 out indefinitely) and RW Nikolai Kulemin (finger, out indefinitely). D Cody Franson was a healthy scratch.
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