The Senators at least bid their faithful a fond farewell. Playing their final home game of this terrible season at the Canadian Tire Centre, the Senators sent the sea of blue home in sadness with a 1-0 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Not only did the Senators ensure they’ll finish ahead of the Leafs in the standings in front of a packed house of 20,500, Ottawa extend its season-ending winning streak to four straight games. How many Toronto fans were there in the building? Well it was a disgusted Leafs’ fan who threw his jersey on the ice in the third period. Ottawa fans threw in the towel a long time ago. With both teams eliminated, Craig Anderson made 28 stops for his fourth shutout and captain Jason Spezza scored the only goal as Ottawa ended a six-game losing streak to Toronto. It was the Senators first victory over the Leafs since Feb. 23, 2013. Ottawa was 0-4-2 in that stretch. Goaltender James Reimer had a solid effort with 36 stops but didn’t get any offensive support. "We had to stop the bleeding somewhere," said coach Paul MacLean. "We had lost six in a row now we can start next season saying we won one in a row." The Senators finished 18-17-6 at home. Coach Paul MacLean had warned the players not to let their guard down. “We played really good hockey and we found a way to win the game,” said Anderson, who had the 26th shutout of his career. “It was huge for us (to finish above .500). “It’s kind of been our Achilles heel this year of playing at home. We found a way to come in here and win at the end. To finish above .500 is good considering where we were.” Anderson and Reimer were both forced to make good stops as the Senators outshot the Leafs by a 26-19. Spezza broke the scoreless tie in the second to give Ottawa a 1-0 lead after 40 minutes. “We created a lot of scoring chances and just couldn’t put it in the net. Luckilky, Andy was standing on his head,” said defenceman Erik Karlsson. For his part, Anderson looked solid when he had to be. The Leafs looked like a team playing out the string. They didn’t try to run Ottawa out of the rink physically which has worked in the past. Spezza’s 23rd of the season at 7:35 of the second a was beauty. On the power play, he one-timed a feed in the circle by Reimer glove side. It was a blast that Reimer didn’t stand a chance on. “We haven’t been able to beat these guys all year and it was important for us to win this game,” said Spezza. “It’s good to send the fans home happy in the last home game. “(The winning streak) shows that we can be a consistent club but it still doesn’t matter we didn’t make playoffs. That was our ultimate goal and we didn’t get there. We’ve done some better things of late. We would have liked to have done that earlier in the season.” The two teams were tied 0-0 after the first but it was a strange set of circumstances. In a span of 27 seconds, the Senators and Leafs both had goals called back. It appeared Hemsky had put it home with a weird bounce of a Toronto stick at 11:05, however, it was ruled no goal. Referee Brian Pochmara ruled that there had been incident contact with Reimer in the crease by Marc Methot. “This is not a reviewable play therefore the referee’s call on the ice stands,” said the NHL’s Situation Room email.
Ottawa Senators knock off Leafs in final Battle
Ottawa Sun | Apr 13