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Senators 3, Maple Leafs 2

March 24, 2000

KANATA, Ontario (AP) _ Radek Bonk scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.

Rob Zamuner and Andreas Dackell also scored for the Senators, who trail the Maple Leafs by three points in the Northeast Division. Ottawa is attempting to catch Toronto and repeat as division champions with nine games remaining.

Yanic Perreault and Nik Antropov each had a goal and an assist for Toronto, which lost the season series with Ottawa 3-1-1.

With the game tied 2-2, Sami Salo’s shot from just inside the blue-line hit Danny Markov’s skate and Bonk fired the rebound over a sprawling Curtis Joseph with 9:48 remaining for his 20th goal of the season.

The game was Toronto’s first at the Corel Centre since March 11, when Marian Hossa swung his stick at a loose puck during Toronto’s 4-2 win and inadvertently struck Toronto defenseman Bryan Berard, who may lose the vision in his right eye.

Zamuner opened the scoring on a 2-on-1 rush 5:02 into the game, firing Daniel Alfredsson’s rebound past Joseph.

Dackell intercepted a pass by Markov and beat Joseph with a back-hander from close range at 13:08 to give Ottawa a 2-0 lead.

Antropov buried Sergei Berezin’s rebound past Ottawa’s Tom Barrasso with 55 seconds left in the first to make it 2-1.

Joseph, among the league leaders in all major goaltending categories, made strong saves on Hossa and Vinnie Prospal as Ottawa built a 13-3 shot advantage during the first. Ottawa outshot Toronto 36-27 overall.

Perreault tapped Antropov’s rebound into the open side to tie it with the only goal of the second period at 12:19.

Barrasso made big saves on Antropov, Mats Sundin and Berezin in the last four minutes to preserve the win.

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