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Toronto got off to a strong start last season but ended up missing the playoffs for a sixth consecutive time. The Maple Leafs hope that's not the case this season as they again try to open with two straight wins Saturday night against the visiting Ottawa Senators. Toronto won its first four games last year before it went on to lose 11 of 12 and was never able to claw its way back as a serious postseason contender. While the Maple Leafs are trying to avoid a similar result this time, the beginning of the season looks a lot like last year when they beat rivals Montreal and Ottawa in the first two contests. The Maple Leafs needed 32 saves from James Reimer and a goal with an assist from star defenseman Dion Phaneuf in Thursday's 2-0 home victory over the Canadiens. After playing in just two games last season because of a concussion, Matthew Lombardi added his first goal in more than a year for his new team as Toronto prevailed despite recording 18 shots on goal. "We're still going ...
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