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Senators hold on to defeat Maple Leafs

Chris Neil of the Senators celebrates his second-period goal with Zack Smith during Ottawa’s sixth straight victory. Chris Neil of the Senators celebrates his second-period goal with Zack Smith during Ottawa’s sixth straight victory. (Jana Chytilova/Getty Images)
Associated Press / October 31, 2011

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Colin Greening and Chris Neil scored power-play goals and the Senators extended their winning streak to six with a 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs last night in Ottawa.

Kaspars Daugavins scored his first NHL goal to put Ottawa ahead, 3-1, in the third period. Robin Lehner stopped 22 shots in his season debut for the Senators, who moved two games over .500 at 7-5-0 after winning only one of their first six.

Clarke MacArthur scored his second goal of the game midway through the third to draw Toronto within one. Jonas Gustavsson made 27 saves in his fourth straight start for the Maple Leafs, who had won two straight.

Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson did not play after he was injured in Saturday’s 5-4 shootout win in New York. Alfredsson had to be helped off the ice after taking a hit to the head from the Rangers’ Wojtek Wolski.

Ottawa’s Zack Smith stripped the puck from Matthew Lombardi to set up the Senators’ third goal 7:08 into the third. Daugavins beat Gustavsson with a shot from the right side to make it a two-goal lead.

MacArthur, who opened the scoring with a power-play goal 11:20 in, drew Toronto within one with at 9:07. Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin assisted on both goals.

Greening tied it at 1 with a power-play goal 16:16 into the first. Senators defenseman David Rundblad fed a long pass up the middle to Greening, who drove in on a breakaway and fired a shot past Gustavsson with four seconds left in a penalty to Toronto’s Carl Gunnarsson.

Blue Jackets 3, Ducks 1 - Rick Nash, rookie Ryan Johansen, and Fedor Tyutin each scored as host Columbus beat Anaheim for only its second win of the season.

James Wisniewski added two assists for the Blue Jackets. Steve Mason turned aside 18 shots.

Bobby Ryan scored for the Ducks, who have lost five of six and are 1-2-1 on their seven-game road trip.

Avalanche 3, Kings 2 - Semyon Varlamov stopped 29 shots, Matt Duchene scored an early third-period goal, and Colorado beat Los Angeles for its first home win of the season.

Milan Hejduk and Chuck Kobasew also scored for the Avalanche. Anze Kopitar and Scott Parse had goals for Los Angeles.

Oilers 4, Blues 2 - Ryan Smyth had a pair of goals as host Edmonton beat St. Louis for its fifth win in a row. Shawn Horcoff and Jordan Eberle also scored for the Oilers. Davis Backes and Chris Stewart scored for the Blues.

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