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Maple Leafs visit struggling Senators

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Toronto Maple Leafs look to make it two victories in a row on Saturday night as they hit the road to battle the struggling Ottawa Senators.

The Maple Leafs were 0-3-2 in their previous five games, their longest losing streak of the season, before gutting out a 3-2 overtime victory against the Dallas Stars on Thursday.

Trevor Smith redirected a shot by Jake Gardiner into the net with 42 seconds left in overtime and Jonathan Bernier made a career-high 48 saves.

The Maple Leafs allowed 50 shots and had just 24 of their own, marking the 10th straight game they were outshot, but it didn't matter thanks to Bernier.

"I'm pretty tired right now, but it feels amazing," Bernier said. "I thought last game we played pretty good and didn't get the result and tonight we found a way to score that big goal at the end."

Nazem Kadri scored a pair of goals in an emotional return to the lineup. He had missed the previous game to attend the funeral of his grandfather. He came into the contest with two goals and a pair of assists over his previous 10 games.

Kadri skated on the top line with James van Riemsdyk and Phil Kessel, who had two assists, due to an oblique strain to Tyler Bozak and responded with his first multi-goal game of the season.

"I wanted to have a big game for him," Kadri said of his grandfather. "Our team played pretty well for some skids. We had some zone time. I still think we can play better but I think tonight was one of our better ones."

The Senators are hoping to play better tonight after losing for the seventh time in 10 games on Thursday. They were bested 3-1 by the Tampa Bay Lightning, who got 33 saves from former Sens goaltender Ben Bishop.

Patrick Wiercioch potted Ottawa's lone goal, while Robin Lehner allowed three goals on 22 shots for the Senators.

Lehner had a simple answer when asked about the difference in the game.

"We couldn't get it past (Bishop) and they could get it past me."

The Maple Leafs have won four straight and seven of their last eight versus the Senators, winning the first of four meetings this season on a 5-4 shootout decision in Toronto on Oct. 5.

Kadri, van Riemsdyk, Mason Raymond and Joffrey Lupul all scored to help the Leafs rally from a 4-2 deficit before both Raymond and Bozak scored in the shootout.

Bernier stopped all 15 shots he faced in regulation and overtime and another two in the shootout after taking over midway through the second period for James Reimer, who allowed four goals on 21 shots.

Kyle Turris had a goal and two assists for the Sens while Cory Conacher, Jared Cowen and Jason Spezza each registered a goal in defeat. Craig Anderson stopped 38-of-42 shots.

Anderson is expected to start tonight and is 6-5-1 with a 2.73 goals against average lifetime versus the Maple Leafs.

Bernier could get the start tonight after his most recent effort. His relief appearance on Oct. 5 marked the first time he had ever faced the Senators.

Reimer had a rare hiccup against Ottawa and is still 8-1-1 against them with a 1.99 GAA and three shutouts.

Toronto has won four of five and eight of its past 11 in Ottawa.

12/07 09:55:15 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Scoreboard
Local
19th
NOR 1
DUR 1
 
Final
WAS 3
STL 4
Final
CLE 0
TOR 5
Final
DET 5
ANA 2
Final
BOS 4
BAL 2
Final
KAN 5
MIN 4
Final
CHC 8
CIN 4
Final
OAK 4
HOU 3
9th
PIT 7
MIL 6
 
9th
NYM 3
ATL 4
 
7th
TAM 14
NYY 1
 
Final
MIA 7
SEA 0
6th
TEX 5
CWS 1
 
6th
LOS 8
ARI 4
 
7th
COL 3
PHI 0
 
5th
SDP 1
SFG 1
 
Final
TOR 87
BRK 94
Final
LAC 105
GSW 109
Final
IND 93
ATL 101
 
1st
OKC 16
MEM 5
 
Final
STL 4
CHI 3
1st OT
PIT 3
CLB 3
 
1st
COL 1
MIN 1
 
19th
NOR 1
DUR 1