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After ending losing streak, Senators host slumping Maple Leafs

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Toronto (7-9-5) at Ottawa (7-9-4) 7:30 p.m. EST

OTTAWA (Ticker) -- The Ottawa Senators finally snapped a lengthy

losing streak during their last game. The Toronto Maple Leafs

are still trying to end their slide.

The Senators aim for back-to-back wins on Thursday when they

host the slumping Maple Leafs.

Four different players scored and Alex Auld made 18 saves as

Ottawa snapped an 0-4-2 stretch with a 4-1 triumph over the New

York Rangers on Saturday.

With the win, the Senators avoided their longest skid in nearly

a year, scoring four goals in a game for the first time in eight

contests and just the fourth time this season.

Toronto aims for similar results against Ottawa as it hopes to

end an 0-3-1 slide that includes a 6-3 drubbing against the

Atlanta Thrashers on Tuesday.

Nik Antropov, Jeff Finger and Niklas Hagman tallied for the

Maple Leafs, who lost for the eighth time in 10 games.

The game marked the Toronto debut of right wing Lee Stempniak,

who was acquired via trade from the St. Louis Blues on Monday.

Stempniak had an assist and took four shots.

Stempniak may end up helping the offense, but Toronto has

surrendered an NHL-worst 78 goals. The Leafs looked to backup

goaltender Curtis Joseph to turn things around, but it did not

work out.

Making his third start, Joseph made 24 saves but gave up three

goals before Toronto could get on the scoreboard themselves.