OTTAWA – Craig Anderson made 29 saves for his fourth shutout of the year as the Ottawa Senators shut out the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-0 on Saturday.
Mika Zibanejad, Cody Ceci, Zack Smith and Mark Stone scored as the Senators (32-30-8) swept their season series with Toronto.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau added three assists.
Garret Sparks, making his third straight start for the Leafs (22-34-11) stopped 13 shots. Coincidentally, Sparks used to work for Anderson at his goaltending school in Chicago.
Ottawa snapped a three-game losing streak and saved face after an ugly 6-2 loss to the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.
While this current edition of the Maple Leafs – filled with minor league callups, most of whom are NHL rookies – can hardly compare to the Panthers, the Senators knew things would get ugly if they put up another sub-par performance.
Despite the number of new faces on the young Toronto roster, a good portion of the 18,557 on hand at Canadian Tire Centre were cheering for the Maple Leafs.
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