Daniel Alfredsson scored late in the first period to end
Ottawa's two-game scoreless streak, and Marian Hossa got the
go-ahead goal in the second, helping the Senators to a 4-1 win over
the Maple Leafs on Wednesday night.
"There was no way he was going to shut us out for three
straight games," Alfredsson said.
With the win, Ottawa tied the first-round playoff series at 2-all. The
Senators held a 36-24 margin in shots, reaching 30 shots for the
fourth straight game while outshooting Toronto in each game of the
"They're a great team for a reason," said Maple Leafs forward
Gary Roberts, who scored his third goal of the series in the first
period. "They've had a great season. We know they're a good hockey
club and we need to be smarter to play against them. They've got a
lot of skilled guys. You give them those good opportunities, and
eventually they're going to score."
Game 5 will be played Friday in Toronto.
Ottawa ended Belfour's shutout streak at 157:45 when Alfredsson
scored with 35.6 seconds remaining in the first period, tying the
"I think it gave us some momentum," Alfredsson said. "When we
came in after the first, it was very controlled. We were focused, we
still had 40 minutes to play and that was just one part of it.
"It was a big goal for us, but it was just a goal."
Hossa, who had six shots in the first, thrust his arms skyward
after he scored his third goal of the series to give the Senators
the lead 13:15 into the second.
"That definitely was a big relief," said Hossa, who had a
team-high 10 shots Monday. "I knew that if I just kept shooting,
eventually one has to go in, and that one did."
Senators goalie Patrick Lalime stopped 23 shots, and Belfour
made 32 saves.
"We played a good game," Alfredsson said. "We did a lot of
good things again. I think maybe we got some more bounces tonight
than we've had in the past. ... We're still going to have to
improve in that area, I think."
Already without center Joe Nieuwendyk, the Maple Leafs lost
captain Mats Sundin early in the third period. Sundin slid into the
boards after being tripped by Ottawa defenseman Wade Redden on a partial breakaway. No penalty was called.
"I hope he's OK and he'll be able to go for us next game,"
Maple Leafs defenseman Brian Leetch said. "[Joe's] got a sore back
and we were watching him get rehab in the last couple of days, so
we knew that he was questionable going into the game."
Nieuwendyk scored his second goal of the series in Toronto's 2-0
Roberts scored on a power play 16:53 in Wednesday. Toronto struggled the
rest of the way and squandered the home-ice advantage it regained
Monday with Belfour's second straight 2-0 shutout win.
Alfredsson finally solved Belfour late in the opening period,
backhanding a shot along the ice and under the goalie's pads to tie
it at 1.
Ottawa hadn't scored since Hossa got his second goal 1:39
into the third period of the Senators' series opening 4-2 win.
Hossa, who was stopped by Belfour in the first on a breakaway,
got another chance in the second when he broke in on a 2-on-1 with
Radek Bonk. Hossa stopped suddenly and fired a wrist shot past
Belfour, drawing a thunderous cheer from the sellout crowd of
"This time I decided to shoot, and it seems like I made the
right decision," Hossa said.
Sundin had a chance to tie it early in the third on the play
that resulted in his injury. But Lalime stopped Sundin's shot as
Redden knocked his skates out from under him and sent him crashing
into the corner.
"That was a big save by Pat," Redden said. "I hustled back
there, and I was just trying to dive and sweep the puck away. I
don't know if I got the puck, but he tripped up a bit from it."
White scored moments later, at 3:37, to make it 3-1. Phillips
closed out the scoring with his first goal of the playoffs, on a power play.
Nieuwendyk was at the Corel Centre earlier in the day
but did not participate in Toronto's optional skate. ... Hossa, who
led the Senators with 10 shots Monday, had six shots in the first