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Ottawa 5, Toronto 3
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, March 21, 2015
Where: Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario
Referees: Francois St. Laurent, Dean Morton
Linesmen: Kiel Murchison, Brad Lazarowich
Attendance: 19194

Senators 5, Maple Leafs 3: Kyle Turris snapped a tie with 52 seconds left in the second period and completed his second straight two-goal performance with an empty-netter in the final minute of the third as host Ottawa extended its winning streak to six games.

Captain Erik Karlsson recorded a goal and an assist while rookies Mike Hoffman and Curtis Lazar also tallied for the Senators, who have earned at least one point in 15 of their last 16 contests (14-1-1). Defenseman Marc Methot notched two assists and Andrew Hammond made 22 saves in improving to 13-0-1 in the NHL as Ottawa climbed within one point of Boston for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Joakim Lindstrom, Leo Komarov and blue-liner Tim Erixon tallied for the Maple Leafs, whose losing streak reached five games. Jonathan Bernier suffered the hard-luck loss despite allowing just one goal on 22 shots in relief of James Reimer, who was beaten three times on 18 shots.

Ottawa opened the scoring with 6:40 remaining in the first period as Alex Chiasson made a nifty pass from the right corner to Hoffman, who beat Reimer from the left faceoff circle. Karlsson doubled the lead less than three minutes later with a shot from the left circle before Lindstrom deflected captain Dion Phaneuf's wrister from the right point past Hammond at 2:42 of the second to halve Toronto's deficit.

Lazar restored the Senators' two-goal advantage 27 seconds later, but Komarov fired the puck inside the left post from the right circle 4 1/2 minutes into the session to get the Maple Leafs back within one. Erixon forged a tie with 4:28 left, beating Hammond with a blast from the right point, before Turris ripped a shot past Bernier from the top of the right circle to put Ottawa back in front.

GAME NOTEBOOK: It was the third two-goal effort of the season for Turris, who also tallied twice against Boston on Thursday. ... Senators LW Milan Michalek suffered an upper-body injury in the first period and did not return. ... Hammond is the first goaltender to earn at least one point in each of his first 14 NHL starts since Pittsburgh's Patrick Lalime began his career with a 14-0-2 record in 1996-97.
Top Game Performances
Toronto   Ottawa
Tim Erixon 1 Points Kyle Turris 2
Tim Erixon 1 Goals Kyle Turris 2
Sam Carrick 1 Assists Marc Methot 2
N/A Power Play Goals Kyle Turris 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Jonathan Bernier .955 Save Percentage Andrew Hammond .880
Jonathan Bernier 21 Saves Andrew Hammond 22
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Toronto 25 3 0-1 4-5 20 30
Ottawa 41 5 1-5 1-1 12 33
Upcoming Games
  • Ottawa will play their next game at home against San Jose. The Senators have a W/L % of .472 after a win and .543 after a loss.
  • Toronto will play their next game at home against Minnesota. The Maple Leafs have a W/L % of .464 after a win and .311 after a loss.