Clutch scoring and late-game dramatics have the Ottawa Senators on their longest winning streak in two seasons.
Another meeting against Phil Kessel and the Toronto Maple Leafs may be the toughest test yet for the surging Senators.
Ottawa attempts to extend its winning streak to six games by quieting the NHL's top scorer and the Maple Leafs in a meeting of provincial rivals in the nation's capital Sunday night.
Ottawa (6-5-0) has won five in a row for the first time since a six-game winning streak from March 22-April 1, 2010.
The Senators' run has followed a poor 1-5-0 start that included a 6-5 loss at Toronto (7-2-1) on Oct. 8, during which Ottawa's rally fell short despite scoring five times in the third.
Third-period scoring has played a major part in the Senators' winning streak, as they've totaled nine of their 18 goals in that stanza. They netted three in Sunday's 5-4 come-from-behind shootout victory on the road against the New York Rangers.