OTTAWA, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Defenseman Karel Rachunek's power-play goal 2:15 into the third period -- his first goal since November 17 -- was the difference Monday night as the Ottawa Senators posted a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The win gave Ottawa a split of the home-and-home series as the Maple Leafs notched a 3-1 victory at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday.
Rachunek took a feed from fellow defenseman Wade Redden at the top of the blue line and slapped the puck through traffic and past goaltender Curtis Joseph. It was his first goal in 15 games and gave Ottawa a 4-2 lead.
The goal occured 88 seconds after Mats Sundin was sent to the penalty box for hooking Mike Fisher, who had a breakaway and was skating in alone on Joseph. Ottawa felt that a penalty shot should have been awarded but Sundin was sent off for a two-minute minor.
Senators goaltender Patrick Lalime made 23 saves and evened his record at 13-13-4 this season. He improved to 8-1 all time against Toronto.