Final SO

Series (Game 5 of 6)

Series tied 3-3

Game 1: Saturday, October 9th
Maple Leafs5
Game 2: Tuesday, November 2nd
Maple Leafs2
Game 3: Saturday, November 27th
Maple Leafs0Final
Game 4: Saturday, January 1st
Maple Leafs5Final
Game 5: Saturday, February 19th
Maple Leafs0
Game 6: Saturday, April 2nd
Maple Leafs4Final

Senators 1

(19-31-9, 47 pts)

Maple Leafs 0

(25-27-7, 57 pts)

Coverage: NHL

7:00 PM ET, February 19, 2011

Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

1 2 3 SO T
OTT 0 0 0 11
TOR 0 0 0 00

C. Anderson (Senators - G): Saves: 47, Save Pct.: 1.000

J. Reimer (Maple Leafs - G): Saves: 22, Save Pct.: 1.000

J. Spezza (Senators - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

Senators-Maple Leafs Preview


While currently not part of the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference, the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs have taken on a new look recently.

Craig Anderson could make his debut in goal for the visiting Senators as they try to prevent the Maple Leafs from a third straight victory Saturday night.

Toronto (25-27-6) is 11th in the East and eight points out of the final playoff spot. That's apparently been enough reason for general manager Brian Burke to deal veteran defensemen Francois Beauchemin and Tomas Kaberle, and forward Kris Versteeg since Feb. 9.

With a conference-worst 45 points, it's also understandable why Ottawa (18-31-9) has traded forwards Mike Fisher, Chris Kelly, Jarkko Ruutu and most recently struggling goaltender Brian Elliott since Feb. 10.

"We expected (changes) a little bit but I don't think we expected anything to happen this quick," forward Jason Spezza told the Senators' official website. "We've put ourselves in a situation where we have to deal with it."

The Senators sent Elliott to Colorado on Friday for Anderson, 13-15-3 with a 3.28 goals-against average one season after posting a career-high 36 wins to help lead the Avalanche to the playoffs.

"For whatever reasons, things weren't working out quite the same this year," Colorado coach Joe Sacco said. "Craig gets a fresh start there."

An unrestricted free agent after this season, Anderson can use the stretch run as an audition for a possible future with the Senators.

"The good thing about this is that we get a chance, for (24) games, to look at and watch (Anderson)," Ottawa general manager Bryan Murray said. "During that time period, I would think that we'll have discussions and we'll see where we want to be and he wants to be."

Murray on Saturday could get his first look at Anderson, who has lost five in a row overall, but is 3-1-0 with a 1.98 GAA versus Toronto.

Anderson's new club looks to avoid a third straight defeat after falling 4-2 to Boston on Friday.

Though the Senators have lost 18 of 20 overall, they've split four meetings with the Maple Leafs in 2010-11.

Phil Kessel, an All-Star for Toronto, has a goal with three assists versus Ottawa this season, and three goals in the last two games overall.

He opened the scoring in Wednesday's 2-1 victory at Buffalo to help the Maple Leafs improve to 6-2-1 this month.

"We've got a solid work ethic through our team right now, a lot of young legs out there and a lot of enthusiasm," coach Ron Wilson told the Maple Leafs' official website. "And it shows."

Saturday's contest will be the Maple Leafs' first after dealing Kaberle to Boston for highly-touted prospect Joe Colborne on Friday. The 32-year-old Kaberle had spent his entire career with Toronto, and was the only player remaining from the team's last playoff season in 2004.

Toronto rookie James Reimer could start after stopping 14 of 15 shots Wednesday in relief of Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who left with a lower-body injury.

In his first NHL start, Reimer made 32 saves for his first career victory in a 5-1 win at Ottawa on New Year's Day.