Byron Dafoe, the NHL shutout leader last season with 10, stopped 32 shots for his first this season as the Boston Bruins beat the Phoenix Coyotes, 2-0, in Boston last night to stop a six-game winless streak.
Dafoe was hardly tested. He did, however, benefit when Juha Ylonen's shot hit the left post and rolled along the goal line.
The Bruins were 0-3-3 in their last six games. Phoenix lost just its second game away from home in its last six.
Phoenix dropped its third straight game, the Coyotes' longest losing streak of the season. It was also the first time they have been shut out since April 11 at Anaheim.
Sergei Samsonov scored midway into a fairly wide-open first period, in which Boston outshot Phoenix, 13-11. Ray Bourque took a shot from the blue line that appeared to be heading wide left, but Samsonov, cutting in front, knocked the puck down from knee-level before slipping a short shot past Essensa.
Both teams had a number of good opportunities in the opening period. Phoenix had the best chance on Ylonen's shot that Dafoe controlled after it rolled halfway across the crease.
SENATORS 3, MAPLE LEAFS 1: Radek Bonk, Shawn McEachern and Marian Hossa scored to lead the visiting Senators, who were missing four defensemen.
Ottawa, which won for only the third time in 12 games, moved within five points of the Northeast Division-leading Maple Leafs. Toronto, which outshot the Senators 28-18, lost at home for only the fourth time in 20 games.
Toronto took a 1-0 lead when Jonas Hoglund scored 1 minute 17 seconds into the second period. Bonk tied it with his 11th goal at 6:19.
In the third period, McEachern took an Andreas Dackell pass and slapped in the winner from the faceoff circle at 1:17.
"Dack's made a nice pass out front and I just tried to one-time it on net," McEachern said. "One of their guys got a piece of it, and that's what fooled [goalie Curtis] Joseph."
Hossa got his 13th goal on a rebound at 16:26.
The Senators were without defensemen Sami Salo (broken wrist), Jason York (groin strain), Chris Phillips (ankle) and Igor Kravchuk (sprained knee).