Scrivens gets 1st shutout, Leafs top Senators 3-0
- Associated Press
- February 16, 2013 - 9:30 PM
TORONTO - Ben Scrivens stopped 34 shots for his first career shutout and the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the injury-ravaged Ottawa Senators 3-0 on Saturday night.
Scrivens was making his second straight start since incumbent James Reimer injured a knee in Monday night's 5-2 win over Philadelphia. The 26-year-old Scrivens has been solid as Reimer's replacement, stopping 96 of the 100 shots he has faced.
Frazer McLaren, Tyler Bozak and John-Michael Liles scored for Toronto, which earned its fifth win in six games overall and improved to 3-4 at the Air Canada Centre.
Ottawa dropped to 2-5 on the road this season despite outshooting Toronto 34-28 in the first of five matchups this season between the provincial rivals. The Senators have dropped six of their last eight games.
Saturday's contest was Ottawa's first since losing Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Erik Karlsson to a season-ending Achilles injury in Wednesday night's 4-2 loss to Pittsburgh. In 14 games this season, Karlsson had a team-high six goals, and his 10 points were second in team scoring after last year establishing career highs in games (81), goals (19), assists (59) and points (78).
Ottawa is also without forward Jason Spezza (back) and came into Saturday's contest having lost 47 man-games to injury already this season.
McLaren had the lone goal of the first when Mark Fraser's wrist shot from the point appeared to bounce off McLaren in front and past Ottawa's Craig Anderson at 3:14. It was McLaren's first of the season and first with Toronto.
Ottawa controlled play in a scoreless second, outshooting Toronto 19-10 and twice having 3-on-1 advantages. The Senators also had a pair of power-play chances but couldn't put a puck past Scrivens.
Bozak's goal at 8:32 of the third gave Toronto some much-needed breathing room. Captain Dion Phaneuf's pass deflected in Bozak for his fifth of the season. Liles cemented the victory with an unassisted empty-net goal at 19:22.
NOTES: The Leafs honored the surviving members of the 1963 Stanley Cup-winning team prior to the game. The `63 squad is regarded as the best-ever in franchise history. ... Toronto and Ottawa were 3-3-0 in head-to-head meetings last year with the road team winning four of the contests. ... The Senators will conclude a three-game road trip Monday night against New Jersey, while Toronto will visit the Florida Panthers that night. ... Daniel Alfredsson is in his 13th season as Ottawa's captain, making him the longest-serving captain in the NHL.
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