Battle of Ontario a lopsided series

MIKE RUTSEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:07 AM ET

The Battle of Ontario may be three games old but in some ways it really hasn't begun.

The three games all have been blowouts, a 4-1 win by the Senators on opening night followed by the 6-0 drubbing by the Leafs back in Ottawa.

Now, last night's 6-2 triumph for the visiting Sens, a game that was all but over after the opening period.

"I think it is (a surprise that none of the games have been close)," Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson said. "I was asked if I thought this game was going to be a wide-open game or a tight game and I think it all depends on the start.

"If one team gets a couple of goals the other team is going to have to open up and that's what happened tonight. I think it all depends on how the game starts."

It hasn't gone the way Ottawa centre Mike Fisher thought it would either.

"Both teams get up for these games so it is a bit of a surprise for sure," said Fisher, who scored Ottawa's first goal. "Last year there were a few blowouts too but this was a good win for us. We owed them one for the last time in our building."

The Senators came into last night's game off an 8-1 win over the New Jersey Devils and kept their scoring touch against the Leafs. They had been begging for goals up until then.

The fact that six different Ottawa players scored goals last night was also looked on as a plus.

"It's a great sign," said Alfredsson, who did not score a goal.

"We've been kind of looking for line shuffling throughout the season a nd now it looks like the lines are going pretty good and hopefully we can keep it going."

The goal for the Senators in the rematch tomorrow at Scotiabank Place is to come out firing like they did in the opening period and a half last night.

"We've got to pay attention to the little things like we did earlier, get pucks deep and play physical," Fisher said of what t hey have to do to keep their momentum going. "We've got to use our speed and support each other. When we're in their zone we've got to move the puck, get chances and be creative.

"That's what we've got to do when we play this team when we get home (tomorrow). We know they're not going to let up, they're going to be better."

If not then the so-called battle will start looking like the season-long rout of 2005- 06, when the Sens won seven of the eight meetings.


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