Lazar shines as Senators down Leafs

Senators goals: Smith (10), Zibanejad (11), Ryan (19), Lazar 2 (5), Stone (14)
Leafs goals: Parenteau (13)
Goalies: Anderson (Win), 60:00 minutes played, 26 saves, 1GA, Bernier (Loss), 60:00 minutes played, 14 saves, 3 GA, 52:22 minutes played

After a gutsy performance against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday evening that resulted in a shootout win, the Toronto Maple Leafs geared up for a classic Battle of Ontario match up on Saturday against the Ottawa Senators.

With the first period underway in front of a raucous crowd that was heavily represented by Toronto fans, it soon became clear that things weren’t going the way the Leafs had hoped when it took just 19 seconds for Ottawa’s Zack Smith to open the scoring. Less than five minutes later, Mika Zibanejad added to the Sens lead. It seemed like Leafs would be in for a long night when a goal from Bobby Ryan gave the Senators a 3-0 lead before the period hit the midway point.

Any chance that the Leafs would regroup for the second period seemed to evaporate when Curtis Lazar netted a goal in the early minutes. Tensions rose throughout the period with each team serving various penalties, but neither could capitalize on the man advantage.

The Leafs faced a four-goal deficit heading into the third and things were about to go from bad to worse with Mark Stone making it 5-0 in the opening minute of the period. It was 6-0 less than five minutes later when Curtis Lazar scored his second of the evening. A goal from PA Parenteau followed shortly to finally get the Leafs on the board, making the final score a resounding 6-1 win for the Senators.

A clearly dejected Dion Phaneuf spoke to the media after the game about his team’s lack of effort.

“We got beat. We got beat bad. You’ve got to learn from it. We got beat in every aspect of the game by a team that played harder than us. It’s disappointing and you’ve got to move past it.”

The Leafs will set off for a Western road swing on Tuesday night with a game against the Calgary Flames.