Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Phil Kessel capped his fifth career hat
trick with the game-winner at 14:02 of the third period as the Toronto Maple
Leafs took a 6-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.
Tyler Bozak and Nazem Kadri each had a goal and an assist while Joffrey Lupul
also scored for the Maple Leafs, who have won three straight. Jonathan Bernier
gave up three goals on 26 shots.
"It was a big win for us obviously and the fans were good and we found a way,"
said Kessel. "I've had chances in a couple games before and obviously they
went in tonight."
Chris Neil posted two goals and an assist while Colin Greening also had a goal
and an assist for the Senators, who had won two straight coming in. Craig
Anderson allowed five goals on 36 shots.
"I felt we played hard. We gave up some chances in the second, but I thought
we settled it down there in the third and got back after them," said Neil. "I
don't think it's a 6-3 hockey game, that's for sure. It was pretty close back
With the score tied late in the third, Ottawa's Eric Gryba had the puck along
the deep left boards and attempted to pass it behind the net, but Bozak picked
up the errant pass and quickly centered it for Kessel, who snuck home a shot
for his 30th of the season.
Bozak sealed the win with his goal at 18:37, and Kadri put one in the open net
with 29 seconds to play.
Ottawa scored inside of a minute to play in the first period as Neil gained
the line through the middle and slipped a wrister past the glove of Bernier.
It was a 2-0 game for the Senators at 6:46 of the second period, as Neil
skated down the right wing and sent a saucer pass over to his left for
Greening, who wristed the puck home for his fifth of the season.
Toronto, though, got one back at 13:01 as James van Riemsdyk slipped a pass
from the left boards to the low right side where Kessel was waiting for the
Just 1:38 later, Toronto tied the game as Kadri slammed Cody Ceci face-first
into the boards behind the Ottawa net, causing a turnover and quickly throwing
the puck out front where Lupul snapped it home.
The Leafs took their first lead of the game at 7:34 of the third as Kessel's
quick wrister from the left circle through traffic made its way past the glove
of Anderson for a power-play goal, but the Senators tied the game just 1:32
later on Neil's second of the game.
Toronto plays a pair of road games against Florida on Tuesday and Tampa Bay on
Thursday ... Ottawa plays in Pittsburgh on Monday ... The Maple Leafs have won
all three games against the Senators this season, although the other two wins
came in shootouts ... Toronto went 1-for-5 on the power play, while Ottawa was
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