Maple Leafs edge Senators in shootout

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Ottawa, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – James van Riemsdyk and Mason Raymond scored while James Reimer made key saves in the shootout to carry the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 4-3 triumph over Ottawa Senators Saturday at Canadian Tire Centre.

Van Riemsdyk, who recorded a goal and two assists in regulation, slipped a backhander past Craig Anderson on Toronto’s first attempt after Reimer stopped Jason Spezza.

Reimer made a glove save on Milan Michalek before Raymond beat Anderson to end the game. Reimer made 47 saves though 65 minutes and is now 7-0-0 at Canadian Tire Centre.

Phil Kessel had a goal and an assist to extend his points streak to six games, and defenseman Jake Gardiner scored his first goal in 20 months as the Maple Leafs improved to 16-11-3.

Clarke MacArthur scored a power-play goal while Erik Condra and Erik Karlsson scored in the third period to force overtime. Anderson recorded 28 saves for the Senators (11-14-5), who lost four of their last five outings.

Van Riemsdyk extended his points streak to four games when he gave the Maple Leafs a 1-0 lead 1:37 after the opening faceoff. He beat Anderson with a backhand from the goalmouth after Karlsson was called for tripping at the 58-second mark.

MacArthur tied the game with a power-play goal at 9:44. He scored 14 seconds after Toronto’s Jay McClement was sent off for tripping. MacArthur has six goals and 11 points in his past 10 games.

Van Riemsdyk set up Kessel’s goal that gave the Maple Leafs a 2-1 lead before Gardiner made it a two-goal lead at 11:37 of the second period on a shot from the right faceoff dot that went through Senators defenseman Marc Methot’s legs.

In the third, Ottawa forced overtime after Condra scored at 2:23 and Karlsson’s power play goal at 10:30.

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