Series (Game 1 of 6)

Series tied 3-3

Game 1: Saturday, October 9th
Maple Leafs5
Game 2: Tuesday, November 2nd
Maple Leafs2
Game 3: Saturday, November 27th
Maple Leafs0Final
Game 4: Saturday, January 1st
Maple Leafs5Final
Game 5: Saturday, February 19th
Maple Leafs0
Game 6: Saturday, April 2nd
Maple Leafs4Final

Senators 1

(0-2-0, 0 pts)

Maple Leafs 5

(2-0-0, 4 pts)

Coverage: CBC

7:00 PM ET, October 9, 2010

Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

1 2 3 T
OTT 0 0 11
TOR 2 1 25

P. Kessel (Maple Leafs - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

K. Versteeg (Maple Leafs - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

C. MacArthur (Maple Leafs - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Senators-Maple Leafs Preview


After opening the season with a hard-fought win, Toronto coach Ron Wilson is making sure his team stays grounded.

The Maple Leafs look to open with consecutive victories for the first time in 11 years when they try for a fifth straight win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.

After missing the playoffs five straight seasons, there is plenty of excitement following Toronto's 3-2 win over rival and Eastern Conference finalist Montreal on Thursday.

"It's one game, we're not going to get carried away," Wilson said. "We've got another rival (on Saturday) and that'll be another energetic affair.

"I'm sure they've already planned the Stanley Cup parade."

Though Wilson does not want his team to get caught up in their immediate success, the Maple Leafs are off to a far better start than last season when they opened 0-7-1.

Toronto has not started with two straight wins since opening 3-0 in 1999.

The presence of veteran Jean-Sebastien Giguere could help match that feat. The 33-year-old Giguere is expected to be back in goal after he stopped 26 shots Thursday.

"He focuses and battles every shot," Wilson said of Giguere, who went 6-7-2 with a 2.49 goals-against average last season after he was acquired in a trade with Anaheim in January.

Giguere, who posted a 2.21 GAA for the Ducks versus Ottawa in the 2007 Stanley Cup finals, is 5-2-1 with a 1.96 GAA against the Senators during the regular season.

Phil Kessel, Clarke MacArthur and Tim Brent scored Thursday for the Maple Leafs, who had just 12 shots over the final two periods.

Kessel, who scored 30 goals despite missing the first month while recovering from shoulder surgery last season, has tallied at least one goal in seven straight games versus Ottawa. He has 12 and four assists in his last 11 against the Senators.

Toronto won four in a row over Ottawa to finish 4-2-0 against the Senators last season. The Maple Leafs have won seven of nine at the Air Canada Centre over the Senators.

Ottawa, which lost to Pittsburgh in the East quarterfinals last season, looks to bounce back after it fell 2-1 to Buffalo on Friday.

Chris Kelly scored, but stars Daniel Alfredsson, Mike Fisher, Milan Michalek and Alex Kovalev were each held without a point as the Senators went 0 for 5 on the power play.

Alfredsson, however, has four goals and two assists in his last eight games versus Toronto.

It's uncertain if Ottawa will have top-line center Jason Spezza in the lineup after he missed the opener because of a groin injury.

"We don't think it's going to be long term," coach Cory Clouston told the Senators' official website.

Spezza, who totaled 57 points in 60 games during a 2009-10 season marred by a knee injury, was limited to a goal and an assist in six games versus Toronto.

Pascal Leclaire could be back in net after recording 34 saves Friday. He is 2-2-1 with a 2.23 GAA against the Maple Leafs. Backup Brian Elliott went 0-3 with a 3.81 GAA versus Toronto last season.