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TORONTO - Craig Andersons confidence started being rebuilt the moment he found out he was getting another start. Toby Alderweireld Belgium Jersey. One night after being pulled just over two minutes into a loss against Buffalo -- the quickest hook in Ottawa Senators history, according to Elias Sports Bureau -- Anderson made 31 saves during a 5-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. It was an important bounce-back performance for the struggling No. 1 netminder. The turning point might have been a discussion between Anderson and coach Paul MacLean in the wake of his quick exit against the Sabres. "Its a huge confidence lift when the coach comes to you and says You werent very good the night before and we need more out of you and you respond," said Anderson. "Its a huge emotional lift knowing that hes got confidence in me and that just makes my confidence go higher and higher." Anderson was thought to be one of the only reasons for optimism with the rebuilding Sens heading into the season, but the team has managed a decent start in spite of some subpar play from him. That wasnt the case against the Maple Leafs, who pressed hard for the equalizer in the third period. "He competed," MacLean said of Anderson. "I thought that our whole team competed better than we did in the previous games. ... We did a good job of defending, didnt give up (many) second opportunities and if we did Craig was there to stop them." Nick Foligno, with two, Sergei Gonchar, Zack Smith and Milan Michalek had goals for Ottawa (8-9-1), which continues its six-game road trip with a swing through Western Canada next week. Tyler Bozak and Joffrey Lupul replied for the Leafs (10-6-1). The fans voiced some displeasure with boos in the third period as Toronto dropped its third straight game at Air Canada Centre. Its been more than a week since the Leafs got a goal from their second, third or fourth line. "To be honest with you, tonight we had only one line and that was the Bozak line," said Leafs coach Ron Wilson. "The (Mikhail) Grabovski line really wasnt a threat. The two wingers didnt have a shot on goal all night. And then we were alternating our third and fourth lines. "I was doing my best to get the Grabovski lines going with a little bit of extra ice time, but it didnt work." The turning point for Ottawa came when it started to take over the special teams battle in the second period. Bozak had given the Leafs a 1-0 lead, but Toronto was unable to extend the advantage during two subsequent power plays. Gonchar tied it 1-1 at 9:11 on a delayed penalty after Kaspars Daugavins found him alone in front and kicked the puck his way. Ben Scrivens was making his fourth start in the last five games for the Leafs and couldnt be faulted when Foligno made it 2-1 with a breakaway goal on a 5-on-3 power play. It was a measure of revenge for Foligno, who scored with gauze hanging out of his nose after taking a high stick from Torontos Philippe Dupuis to create the man advantage situation. "The adrenaline was pumping," said Foligno. Added MacLean: "The hockey gods have a way of evening things out I guess." The Senators got an important insurance goal from Smith just 48 seconds into the third period. He beat Scrivens on an odd-man rush after Toronto captain Dion Phaneuf got caught up ice. Lupul made it 3-2 with a wraparound goal at 17:10 and the Leafs looked poised for a comeback, but Foligno and Michalek each hit the empty net to secure Ottawas first victory since a 3-2 decision over Toronto on Oct. 30. "I think its huge for us because weve had a lot of games weve kind of been close," said Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson. "Weve just got to keep pushing ourselves and keep getting better and believe in the process. To get a win, I mean it just validates all of the effort you put in and lifts the confidence level of the team." It also comes at an important juncture of the schedule. Ottawa flew home after the game and was scheduled to board another plane Sunday afternoon for Calgary. Theyll visit the Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks and Pittsburgh Penguins before playing another game at Scotiabank Place. "We just needed to get out of our little slump that we were in," said Anderson. "Its a good start, something to build off of. Youve just got to move forward and continue with the positive things." Notes: Hockey Hall of Fame inductees Ed Belfour, Doug Gilmour, Mark Howe and Joe Nieuwendyk were honoured before the game. ... Colton Orr was scratched by the Maple Leafs for the 10th straight game. ... The Senators sat out rookie defenceman David Rundblad. ... Sixteen of 40 players dressed for the game once played in the NCAA. ... Announced attendance was 19,553. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar Netherland Jersey. McClure, the Falcons longtime centre, officially announced his retirement in a ceremony attended by quarterback Matt Ryan and offensive linemen Tyson Clabo, Sam Baker and Justin Blalock. http://www.worldsocceronlineshop.com/Ac-Milan-Fc-Diego-Lopez-Jersey.html. Lewis described himself as "agitated," not angry, that the story has become part of the Super Bowl-week prelude to Baltimores game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. He added that hes certain his teammates wont be distracted by the report in Sports Illustrated. http://www.worldsocceronlineshop.com/Liverpool-Fc-Simon-Mignolet-Jersey.html.P. Howell. According to MLB.com, the Dodgers and Howell are closing in on a two-year contract with a vesting option for a third. Wojciech Szczesny Arsenal Jersey. The injury occurred when Roberts stole second base Thursday against Tampa Bay. Following a headfirst slide, the 35-year-old had to be helped off the field. Jordan Rossiter Liverpool Jersey. Coyles nine goals in one playoff series are a club record. Tomas Jurco and Stanislav Galiev each had a goal and two assists for the Sea Dogs. Aidan Kelly and Danick Gauthier also scored and Zack Phillips chipped in two assists.LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Right-hander Anthony Bass has been acquired by the Houston Astros from the San Diego Padres for a player to be named or cash. The 26-year-old pitched 42 innings in 24 relief appearances this year, compiling a 5.36 ERA with no decisions. He also was 4-6 wwith a 5. Georginio Wijnaldum Netherland Jersey5 ERA in 15 starts at Triple-A Tucson. Bass made his big league debut in 2011 and has 4-8 career record with a 4.09 ERA in 18 starts and 57 relief appearances. The trade was announced Wednesday. Houston also will get a player to be named or cash. ' ' '

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