Toronto won 4-3 (Game 1 of 7)

Toronto won 4-3

Game 1: Thursday, April 8th
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Game 2: Saturday, April 10th
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Game 3: Monday, April 12th
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Game 4: Wednesday, April 14th
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Game 5: Friday, April 16th
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Game 6: Sunday, April 18th
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Game 7: Tuesday, April 20th
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7:00 PM ET, April 8, 2004

Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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M. Hossa (Senators - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

M. Havlat (Senators - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

V. Varada (Senators - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

Ottawa at Toronto 7:00 pm EDT

TORONTO (Ticker) -- Bitter rivals, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators, begin their "Battle of Ontario" on Thursday when they open their best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal series at the Air Canada Centre.

The teams had several physical battles this season in a series the Leafs won, 4-1-1.

On Saturday, Toronto routed Ottawa at the Corel Centre, 6-0, handing the Senators their worst loss of the season. With the victory, the Maple Leafs finished fourth in the East with 103 points, one more than fifth-place Ottawa.

This will be the fourth time in the last five seasons that the Maple Leafs and Senators are meeting in the postseason.

Toronto has won each of the previous three series - 4-2 in the conference quarterfinals in 2000, 4-0 in the same round the following year and 4-3 in the conference semifinals in 2002.


Ottawa - LW Antoine Vermette, two goals in last three games.

Toronto - G Ed Belfour, shutouts in last two games; C Joe Nieuwendyk, three goals in last two games.


Ottawa - G Martin Prusek, three goals allowed on nine shots against Toronto on Saturday.

Toronto - LW Gary Roberts, one goal in last seven games.

STREAKS: Toronto went 3-0-1 in the final four meetings with Ottawa.

HISTORY: Toronto won the season series, 4-1-1.


Ottawa - Marian Hossa, 36 goals; Daniel Alfredsson, 48 assists; Hossa, 82 points.

Toronto - Mats Sundin, 31 goals; Sundin, 44 assists; Sundin, 75 points.


Ottawa - G Patrick Lalime (sprained left knee).

Toronto - RW Owen Nolan (right knee); LW Darcy Tucker (groin and abdomen).