TORONTO (AP)—The first shootout in NHL history went to the Ottawa Senators.
“It is exciting. It’s nice to have a winner,” Alfredsson said. “Both teams battled hard for 65 minutes. I think it’s right that the losing team still gets a point.”
Alfredsson tied it at 2 with 1:02 left in regulation, sending the game to overtime. After a scoreless five-minute extra period, Alfredsson scored on Ottawa’s first attempt under the new shootout format.
“I like the shootout. I think it’s fun for everybody,” Heatley said. “We battled hard the last 10 minutes and Alfie came up big.”
Toronto coach Pat Quinn wasn’t thrilled even though his team received one point for the loss.
“I’m not one of the ones that like the game being settled this way,” Quinn said.
Toronto captain Mats Sundin didn’t return after being struck in the face by a puck seven minutes into the first period. He left for the dressing room with a cut around his left eye, went to a local hospital and was released.
“The eyeball itself is fine. There’s damage to the surrounding areas, but they weren’t able to report if there is serious damage,” Quinn said.
Sundin dropped to the ice after getting hit. He looked in obvious pain as blood poured.
“I don’t know what the time frame is for him to play again. I would bet there is significant swelling,” Quinn said.
Alfredsson tied it at 1 with 5:48 left with a shot that beat Ed Belfour from in front of the net.
Lindros, playing his first game with his hometown team, received a rousing ovation. He then gave Toronto a 2-1 lead with a power-play goal with 1:31 remaining.
Hasek, 40, played his first game for Ottawa and his first for anybody since December 2003. He finished with 23 saves.
Belfour made 14 saves in the first period, including a spectacular glove save on Bryan Smolinski, and finished with 21.
Bryan McCabe’s slap shot on the power play beat Hasek to the glove side at 2:28 of the first to give Toronto a 1-0 lead.
Maple Leafs fans were given a miniature replica of the Stanley Cup. The Maple Leafs haven’t won it since 1967. … The Senators and Maple Leafs play each seven more times this season. … Toronto’s Wade Belak didn’t play because of a spider bite.