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The Toronto Maple Leafs have extended their surge as their offense has continued to improve. The opposite has been true for the Ottawa Senators, who have seen the goals continue to dry up during a three-game losing streak.
The Maple Leafs go for their third straight win overall and second in as many home games against the Senators this season Wednesday night.
Toronto (14-9-0) has won three of four, scoring 13 goals in the victories, and is 10-4-0 in its past 14. The Maple Leafs moved to 4-1-0 in their last five home games with a 4-2 victory over New Jersey on Monday.
James Reimer made 16 saves over the first two periods to keep Toronto's deficit at 2-1 before his teammates came through with a dominant third. Jay McClement, Clarke MacArthur and Phil Kessel scored in a 13-shot period after the Leafs had managed 10 total shots in the first two.
"We weren't very happy with what we were doing for the first 40 minutes of the hockey game, and we were fortunate that we were only down one goal," coach Randy Carlyle said.
Toronto, which has scored at least four goals in the past three wins, hadn't reached that number in the previous six contests.
Reimer made his first appearance on home ice since Feb. 11, as he recovered from a mild knee ligament strain. He's won two in a row at home.
"I felt like I've had a couple good days of practice, kind of feel like I'm getting better, getting more comfortable with playing every day," said Reimer, 5-1-1 with a 1.70 goals-against average versus Ottawa in his career. "It felt pretty good out there."
Reimer has given up one total goal in winning his last two starts against the Senators, although both came last season.
If he's back in net Wednesday, he could be in for another strong performance against an Ottawa team that's totaled four goals in going 0-1-2 to start a five-game trip. The Senators, who won five in a row just before this slide, have 52 goals to rank near the bottom of the Eastern Conference.
All but one game of that winning streak came at home, and Ottawa has been mostly brutal on the road lately. The Senators have gone 1-6-2 in their last nine there and managed nine goals in the past eight of those.
Ottawa got a tying power-play goal from Patrick Wiercioch with 1:09 remaining against the New York Islanders on Sunday, but the Senators lost in a shootout in their third game in four days.
" ... We battled throughout the last 30 minutes and played pretty good, so that's a good sign being the second game of back-to-backs, and getting that goal to tie it up was good for the morale," captain Daniel Alfredsson said.
The Senators took the most recent meeting with the Leafs 3-2 on Feb. 23 at home after Toronto won 3-0 at home Feb. 16.
Ottawa, which has killed off 15 consecutive penalties, got 33 saves from third-stringer Robin Lehner on Sunday. Backup Ben Bishop is expected to be back in net for this game with Craig Anderson still out with a sprained right ankle.
The Leafs' Nazem Kadri has four goals and five assists during a five-game point streak.
Senators forward Milan Michalek appears ready to return from a knee injury that has kept him out since Feb. 12.
BEST OF MAXIM
HIT TO THE HEAD
Welcome to the NHL, David Dziurzynski. The Senators rookie dropped the gloves for the first time in his NHL career Wednesday night, but he picked the wrong man to go up against. Dziurzynski didn’t stand a chance against Maple Leafs enforcer Frazer McLaren, who dropped the 23-year-old to the ice with a series of hard rights. The Senators’ Twitter account reported that the forward suffered...
Toronto Maple Leafs forward Frazer McLaren knocked out Ottawa Senators forward Dave Dziurzynski during a fight in the first minute of Wednesday night's game at the Air Canada Centre.
The fight lasted under 20 seconds, with McLaren dropping Dziurzynski and knocking him out of the game just three seconds into his first shift. The Senators later announced that Dziurzynski had...
The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed defenseman Korbinian Holzer to a two-year contract extension.
The deal Tuesday keeps Holzer under contract with the NHL club through 2014-15 season. Financial details weren't immediately available.
The 25-year-old Holzer has appeared in 16 games with Toronto this season. He has two goals, 19 penalty minutes and is tied for third on the team...
Frazer McLaren needed eight stitches to close the cut on his chin from a fight, another four for a gash on his cheek carved open by a stick later in the game.
Still, it was McLaren who delivered the most damaging blow of the night.
Phil Kessel had a goal and two assists to help the Toronto Maple Leafs hold off the Ottawa Senators 5-4 on Wednesday in a game highlighted by a knockout...
Photo courtesy of Veronica Henri/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency
By Tony Ambrogio (@SNTonyAmbrogio)
Dave Nonis could have a busy few months ahead. And his decisions could impact the Leafs now and moving forward.
Nonis traded a 4th liner in Mike Brown to Edmonton and Matt Frattin is coming off a knee injury.
An issue that promises to be interesting to watch will be finding a spot for Joffrey...
I'm still attempting to recover from the announcement this morning that the Oilers dealt a 4th (or perhaps a 3rd round pick instead) to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Mike Brown. It's not that Brown's a bad chap. He plays hard every game; he hits and he fights. He's a decent 4th line forward and he'll be popular with fans in Edmonton.
The problem with the deal...
NYR sign UFA OA F Josh Nicholls, 20, of Saskatoon Blades. 41 goals and 73 points in 65 GP this season. Originally drafted by TOR in 2010.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) March 4, 2013
McKenzie adds that the 20-year old Nicholls, who was a 2010, 7th round draft pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs, signed a standard three-year entry level deal, which has an annual cap hit of...
Four games on the schedule tonight - NJD at TOR; TBL at PIT; ANA at PHX and NSH at LAK. For me the games to watch are in Toronto and Los Angeles.
This is a huge week for the Maple Leafs as they face New Jersey, Ottawa, Boston and Pittsburgh. Not only do they have the opportunity to create some separation between them and the best-of-the-rest and continue to solidify themselves...
Dave Dziurzynski only has nine games of NHL experience with the Ottawa Senators this season, and this might be one of those nine that he'd like to forget -- if he can remember it to begin with. The rookie made the mistake of going toe-to-toe with Toronto Maple Leafs tough guy Frazer McLaren, just 26 seconds into the game. It was a quick fight with a scary ending for Dziurzynski...
Phil Kessel had a goal and two assists to help the Toronto Maple Leafs hold off the Ottawa Senators 5-4 on Wednesday night in the latest installment of the Battle of Ontario.
Tyler Bozak and James van Riemsdyk each had a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs, who built leads of 3-0 and 5-2 before Ottawa scored twice in the final 8 minutes.
Toronto moved two points ahead of the...
I would like to continue my rant about how NHL players are some of the toughest folks in the sporting world, and the below video will speak for me. Check out how Frazer McLaren left David Dziurzynski not moving on the ice following their scrap during the beginning of the Senators and Maple Leafs game on Wednesday night. Dziurzynski left the game with an obvious concussion.
The Maple Leafs will need to put forth a better effort against the division and provincial rival Ottawa Senators than they have put forth in their first two outings this season.
Toronto was fortunate in the previous contest at the ACC in mid-February, as they were outplayed by the injury riddled Sens throughout most of the game, but earned a 3-0 victory mostly on the strength...
Match-up - New Jersey Devils (10-6-5) @ Toronto Maple Leafs (13-9-0)
Road/Home records - 4-4-3 -------------- 4-5-0
TV - MSG Plus, SNET-O
Puck drop - 7:00 PM ET
Season series - Tied 0-0
Last 10: Devils 3-5-2 / Maple Leafs 6-4-0
Projected starting goalies - Johan Hedberg (NJ) vs. James Reimer (TOR)
Battle of the stats
Goals for/against per game
Toronto - 2.91 / 2...