Curtis Lazar has pair as Senators trounce Leafs
Ottawa captain Erik Karlsson adds 4 assists
The Ottawa Senators desperately needed something to go right. Pretty much everything did Saturday night.
Curtis Lazar had the first two-goal game of his career, Erik Karlsson had four assists and the Ottawa Senators embarrassed the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-1 to end a three-game skid.
Lazar's second goal came 2:27 into the third period and gave Ottawa a 6-0 lead.
Zack Smith, Mika Zibanejad, Bobby Ryan and Mark Stone also scored for the Senators, and Craig Anderson made 26 saves.
"It was good for us from start to finish," Anderson said. "A full 60 minutes and it was great to see and a great atmosphere to do it in."
Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau scored 3:25 into the third for Toronto. Jonathan Bernier had 14 saves after replacing starter James Reimer, who was beaten three times on eight shots and was pulled 7:38 into the game.
This was Ottawa's second victory in seven games. They had been outscored 13-7 in two losses since the All-Star break.
"It was a different mindset," Anderson said. "I think we've had enough of the (losses) and we were sick and tired of it and our mindset tonight was a complete 180."
Smith opened the scoring 19 seconds in when he completed a 2-on-1 rush with Marc Methot.
Just over 4 minutes later, Zibanejad scored on a 2-on-1 with Jean-Gabriel Pageau, who took a pass from Karlsson while leaving the penalty box following a minor penalty for boarding.
Ryan gave the Senators a 3-0 lead on a routine shot from the faceoff circle that eluded Reimer and ended his night.
"I don't know how that squeaked in, but if I stop that maybe it's a different game," Reimer said. "I don't think tonight was our best. Your job as the last line of defense is to stop the puck.
"The guys are trying and working their butts off and sometimes they make mistakes and that's what your goalie is for. It's too bad I couldn't come up with a couple of big saves."
Bernier took over and made a huge stop on Kyle Turris, who was making his return to the Ottawa lineup after missing six games with a lower-body injury.
Bernier made the original stop of Karlsson but was unable to stop the rebound as Lazar gave the Senators a 4-0 lead 7 minutes into the second period.
Stone got his goal 39 seconds into the third.
While it was a good win, Karlsson said the Senators have to take it in stride.
"We can't get too high when we win one game just like we can't get too low when we lose one," he said. "For us, it was about hitting that reset button."