Jason Spezza calmer than ever as Game No. 1,000 approaches

For part of the time Jason Spezza was a member of the Ottawa Senators, he lived in a grand, sparkling stone house that the locals referred to simply as “The Castle.” Everyone knew where Spezza and his young wife, Jennifer Snell, resided. It was in all the papers. People would drive from miles around to see his west end house, snap a picture and hope to catch a glimpse of a high-profile player destined to become Ottawa’s captain, however briefly. Children from the neighbouring public school would ring Spezza’s doorbell after school and ask him to come out and play. Jason was the Pied Piper. Into this milieu came a… Read More

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Craig Anderson stops 37 shots to lead Senators over Stars

OTTAWA — Craig Anderson made 37 saves and Ottawa scored three times in the third period as the Senators downed the Dallas Stars 4-1 on Monday. Rookie Maxime Lajoie opened the scoring for Ottawa (3-2-1) in the second while rookie Brady Tkachuk, Mikkel Boedker and Zack Smith scored in the final period after heading into the third tied 1-1. John Klingberg scored the lone goal for the Stars (3-2-0). Ben Bishop made 21 saves, taking the first regulation-time loss (9-1-4) of his career against the Senators. This marked the first road game of the season for the Stars after playing their first four at home. Ottawa is now 2-1-0 through… Read More

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Maple Leafs’ Frederik Andersen to start Thursday vs. Penguins

Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen will start Thursday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, according to head coach Mike Babcock. Frederik Andersen will start Thursday versus Pittsburgh, Babcock says. — luke fox (@lukefoxjukebox) October 16, 2018 Andersen wasn’t available for Monday’s win over the Los Angeles Kings due to a knee injury. Toronto recalled Eamon McAdam from the ECHL’s Newfoundland Growlers on an emergency basis for the game. Andersen has a 4-1 record with a 3.02 goals-against average and a .899 save percentage so far this season. …read more Source:: Sportsnet.ca       

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Kapanen scores twice as Maple Leafs down Kings

TORONTO — Garret Sparks made 33 saves in a surprise start and Kasperi Kapanen scored twice as the Toronto Maple Leafs stretched their winning streak to five games with a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night. Patrick Marleau and Mitch Marner had the other goals for Toronto (6-1-0), while Auston Matthews and Jake Gardiner each added two assists. Ilya Kovalchuk replied for Los Angeles (2-3-1). Jack Campbell stopped 21 shots for the Kings. Leafs head coach Mike Babcock named Sparks as his starter ahead of No. 1 goalie Frederik Andersen after the morning skate, which seemed like a peculiar decision at the time because Toronto had… Read More

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Matthews dekes around Doughty to feed Kapanen for back-hander

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