Lucas Viveiros | Report
The Toronto Maple Leafs were handed their first loss of the season on Saturday night, dropping the decision 5-3 at the hands of the Ottawa Senators.
Sens defensemen Thomas Chabot lead the way offensively posting two goals and an assist, including a highlight real move around Leafs rookie Igor Ozhiganov.
Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson made a few ten bell saves to ensure his club stole the two points from Scotiabank Arena.
At the other end of the ice Frederik Andersen let his teammates down early with a soft goal in the first period on a high slot shot from Senators defensemen Dylan DeMelo.
The game remained 1-0 Ottawa until a scoring outburst ensued just 29 seconds into the middle frame.
The first tally of the period came from Leafs d-man Morgan Rielly when he received a cross ice pass from winger Mitch Marner to level the game at one.
Just over 40 seconds later Auston Matthews picked up his third goal of the season off a pass from behind the net by grizzly veteran Patrick Marleau.
Things were looking up for the buds at this point in the hockey game, as they looked to carry the momentum from two quick goals which gave them a 2-1 lead.
The positivity would end in a hurry however, as Ottawa silenced the crowd with two goals of their own in under 40 seconds courtesy of a Thomas Chabot rebound, and a Chris Tierney breakaway.
Toronto’s hope was regained when they were awarded a power-play for the final two minutes of the second after Ryan Dzingel held and took down Maple Leaf centre Auston Matthews.
After losing the offensive face-off and being forced to regain the Sens zone, Morgan Rielly began skating through the neutral zone and decided to play a drop pass to Mitch Marner, which was nearly intercepted and then caromed to Auston Matthews.
Matthews fed a tape to tape pass to Marner who blew through the neutral zone, past the Sens defense, and out-waited goaltender Craig Anderson to slide one past him on a beautiful finish.
Unfortunately for the Leafs that’s where the night would cap off, as highly anticipated young Sens d-man Thomas Chabot would add his second of the night on a few beautiful moves to score the eventual game winner at the start of the final period.
Mark Stone would add an empty netter with 25 seconds to play, as the underdog Senators escaped Toronto victorious 5-3.
Up next, the Maple Leafs will travel to Chicago to take on the Blackhawks on Sunday night.
Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. from United Center, and can be seen on Sportsnet.
More news from the ice
- Auston Matthews is tied for second in the NHL with three goals with Caps forward TJ Oshie and Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson, behind Hawks forward Jonathan Toews
- Leafs backup goaltender Garret Sparks is expected to get his first start of the season against his childhood team on Sunday
- William Nylander continues to miss regular season games with his contract dispute not yet settled
- Mitch Marner lead the game in shots with six
Out of town scoreboard
Edmonton 2 New Jersey 5
Winnipeg 1 Dallas 5
NY Rangers 1 Buffalo 3
Florida 1 Tampa Bay 2 (SO)
Nashville 4 NY Islanders 3
Montreal 5 Pittsburgh 1
Chicago 5 St. Louis 4 (OT)
Vegas 2 Minnesota 1 (SO)
Anaheim 1 Arizona 0
Philadelphia 2 Colorado 5
Vancouver 4 Calgary 7
More coverage to follow. Image from Yahoo Sports.