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CBC SPORTS ONLINE - Even with nine regulars out of their lineup, the Ottawa Senators showed they will be a force in the playoffs.

Ottawa Senators Andreas Dackell(left) and teamate Todd White celebrate Dackell's goal on Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Curtis Joseph. (CP/Tom Hanson)

The Senators defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-3 Saturday night at the Corel Centre.

Though the Senators won their game, they had to settle for second place overall in the Eastern Conference. New Jersey clinched first and the right to home ice advantage for the first three rounds of the playoffs with a 2-0 win over Montreal Saturday night.

Patrick Lalime made 35 saves for his 36th win of the season, as the Senators won the season series against the Leafs 4-0.

"We got behind early," said Leafs coach Pat Quinn, who must await the outcome of Sunday's Carolina-Pittsburgh matchup to see whether his team will face the Senators or the New Jersey Devils in the first round.

"It's certainly not the kind of game I thought (the Senators would) get out of us."

Ottawa had called up three players from Grand Rapids of the IHL to fill in for several players with or resting from injuries, but the replacements didn't arrive in time because of flight delays.

Despite being short on skaters, the Senators got up for the battle of Ontario with four first period goals, including three on the power play.

Wade Redden had two goals and an assist and Alexei Yashin had a goal and an assist to hit the 40-goal plateau for the second time in his career.

"The guys had a gusty effort to play hard like that being short-handed," said Redden. "It was a big game. Patty was there for us again, stopping a lot of shots."

Andreas Dackell and Jamie Rivers had the other Ottawa goals.

Sergei Berezin had two goals and an assist for the Leafs and Yanic Perreault added a goal and two assists.

Nik Antropov had three assists for Toronto. Curtis Joseph finished with 29 saves.

"They started really good and our problem was we took some penalties," said Joseph. "One (goal) was a great play and one was a lucky bounce."

Of the game's eight goals, five were scored on the power play.

Ottawa finished 3-for-8 on the power play; Toronto went 2-for-5.

"Tonight, we created some scoring chances, but unfortunately we came up short," said Perreault.
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