TORONTO — Already on the limp as they skated into enemy territory Saturday night, the battered Senators fired blanks in Round 1 of the Battle of Ontario.
Reeling from the devastating season-ending ankle injury to defenceman Erik Karlsson, the Senators couldn't beat goalie Ben Scrivens on 34 shots and the result was a 3-0 defeat to the hated Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre.
Tyler Bozak and Frazer McLaren scored for the Leafs while John-Michael Liles put the puck into an empty net.
The loss was Ottawa's second straight and fifth consecutive on the road. The Senators haven't won an away game since Jan. 24 against the Florida Panthers and the task isn't going to get any easier the longer the goal drought continues.