Sens complete sweep

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:03 AM ET

Like the other big battle between Blue and Red in this country last night, this one was close.

The Senators completed their doubleheader sweep of the Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Place with a 4-3 win, surviving a Toronto comeback for their sixth straight in as many games against the Leafs this season.

The invigorated Leafs, who had been totally outclassed in Saturday night's 7-0 loss to the Senators in the front end of this doubleheader, brought some game last night.

Playing amid rumours coach Pat Quinn's job could be in jeopardy with another poor effort, the Leafs rallied for late goals from Kyle Wellwood and Nik Antropov to make it 4-3 with less than three minutes to go in the third period.

DOMI STEPS UP

Old warhorse Tie Domi, criticized for not stirring things up when the Leafs were down Saturday, was in the middle of it all. He fought Ottawa's Chris Neil and then scored a goal to cut the Senators' lead to 2-1 in the second.

Late in the third, with the Senators up 4-2, Domi charged Senators goaltender Dominik Hasek after Domi was clipped by Hasek's high-stick. Antropov scored on the following power play at 17:49 to pull the Leafs to within a goal.

The game wasn't decided until Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson ended it by ragging the puck for the final seconds.

"They've got guys who have been in this league for a long time. They are not going to lie down," said Senators centre Jason Spezza, who made a dazzling pass through the legs of Leafs defenceman Tomas Kaberle to Alfredsson for Ottawa's second goal and a 2-0 lead last night. "I thought we answered the bell and played hard. We got the win and that's all that matters."

Still, the Leafs have now lost six in a row -- their longest losing streak under Quinn -- and remain out of the playoff picture.

"We still made a lot of mistakes. At least we gave ourselves a chance," said Leafs captain Mats Sundin, who saw the potential game-tying chance bounce over his stick in the waning seconds.

Spezza, Alfredsson and Dany Heatley increased their point total against the Leafs this season to 42 (14 apiece) in the first.

Alfredsson and Heatley would pick up another couple of points at 3:08 of the third as they set up defenceman Wade Redden to make it 3-1 on the power play.

In an unusual play less than a minute later, Redden was penalized for shooting the puck into the crowd, but after he was put in the box and the penalty announced, the referees reversed their decision after much pleading from the Ottawa bench.

"We dodged a bullet there," said Redden. "It went out of play, but it wound up in the bench. It just got away from me a bit. Fortunately, we didn't have to kill it off. We had just scored and you don't want to give them a power play."

"I didn't get the call changed," said Senators coach Bryan Murray, "it was the wrong call. I just asked them if they knew what the rule was."

It turned out to be a critical moment.

Another couple of minutes after that, Ottawa's Bryan Smolinski scored on a honey of a backhand to make it 4-1 and it looked like the Senators had it under control.

COLAIACOVO KNOCKED OUT

But Wellwood, at 11:37, on a rebound, and then Antropov on a carom off Senators defenceman Zdeno Chara, made it a game.

"The end result is we didn't win, but we played a lot better," said Quinn.

The already short-handed Leafs -- they were without defenceman Bryan McCabe and forwards Darcy Tucker and Eric Lindros -- lost rookie defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo in the first period with a concussion after he took a run at Senators forward Vaclav Varada.

Colaiacovo was taken off the ice on a stretcher and Varada was fuming over what he thought was a dirty hit.


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