That is a fine picture above – The Ottawa Senators celebrating a win! The Sens raked the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-1 and have won the first three games against their bitter Provincial rivals. Chris Phillips and Patrick Eaves scored goals 47 seconds apart early in the first period and Ottawa set a team record with its eighth straight win, a 5-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night. Martin Gerber made 30 saves and Daniel Alfredsson, Andrej Meszaros and Chris Kelly also scored for the Senators, who lost a five-game final to Anaheim last spring. Ottawa, which raced through the first three rounds of the playoffs with a 12-3 mark, is off to the best start in NHL history through 14 games with a 13-1-0 mark and a record total of 26 points.
Two days earlier, the Sens had to fight hard to beat a resurgent Boston Bruins in a shootout. Antoine Vermette replied in the third period to a goal by Boston’s Chuck Kobesaw and forced the tie. Ottawa was held scoreless in six power-play chances.Â Alfredsson and Vermette scored on Ottawa’s first two chances in the shootout and Gerber stopped Boston initial pair of shooters Sunday night to lift the Senators to their 12th win in their first 13 games, 2-1 over the Bruins.