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Leafs try to turn things around in Ottawa

Jan 21, 2015 - 3:37 PM ( - The All-Star break can't come soon enough for the Toronto Maple Leafs and their offense.

The Maple Leafs will try to avoid dropping a sixth game in a row on Wednesday night as they visit the Ottawa Senators having scored just twice over their losing streak.

Toronto has been shut out three times over its longest skid of the season, including 3-0 on Saturday to wrap a disastrous four-game road trip.

A return home didn't get the Leafs on track as they were bested 4-1 by the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday, with Toronto failing to get on the scoreboard until Nazem Kadri's power-play tally with 5:11 to play.

Jonathan Bernier gave up three goals on 13 shots before being pulled early in the second period. James Reimer stopped all 18 shots he faced in relief as Toronto fell to 1-6-0 under interim coach Peter Horachek and nine points out of a wild card spot.

"We're trying," said Toronto forward Phil Kessel. "I don't know if people can see it but we are trying, we just, I don't know, we can't find it right now."

The Maple Leafs will attempt to find the win column against a Senators club it has beaten in 10 of the last 12 encounters. They took a 5-3 win in Ottawa on Nov. 9, the first of five meetings this season between the clubs.

That contest took place two weeks after it was originally scheduled, with the Oct. 22 contest postponed after Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was shot and killed while standing guard at the National War Memorial.

Reimer made 37 saves to get the win, but Bernier could get the start tonight in Toronto's final game before the All-Star break. Bernier is 2-0-0 with a 1.92 goals against average and .927 save percentage in two prior meetings, including one start.

Robin Lehner allowed five goals on 30 shots for Ottawa, which has lost 10 of its past 14 at home to Toronto. He is 1-1-0 with a 3.55 GAA and .873 save percentage in two games versus the Maple Leafs and could start tonight after Craig Anderson got the call last night versus the New York Rangers.

Anderson made 32 saves in a 3-2 overtime setback, beat for the winning goal when the Rangers' Carl Hagelin tipped a feed in with 2:05 on the clock.

"We just seemed to be short a man there for some reason," said Anderson of the game-winning goal. "They got a guy behind our line of defense."

Erik Karlsson and Milan Michalek accounted for the Senators' two scores, scoring 63 seconds apart in the second period. Mark Stone had an assist to push his point streak to six straight games, with two goals and five assists over that span.

Ottawa has lost six of its past eight (2-4-2).