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Maple Leafs fend off Senators late rally to win 5-4 in shootout

OTTAWA – After surrendering two late third-period objectives and holding the Ottawa Senators off in extra time, the Toronto Maple Leafs have been in a position to capitalize within the shootout for a 5-4 win.

Alexander Kerfoot’s aim within the ninth spherical proved to be the winner.

Matt Murray made 48 saves for the Leafs in his first begin in opposition to his former teammates since being traded in July.

With the loss, the Senators (33-31-5) are actually mired in a five-game dropping streak.

Calle Jarnkrok had a pair of objectives, whereas Jake McCabe and Mitch Marner additionally scored for the Leafs (42-18-9).

Senators captain Brady Tkachuk had a pair of objectives, whereas Julien Gauthier and Tim Stutzle additionally scored for the Senators. Mads Sogaard, making his sixth begin in seven video games, made 25 saves.

Toronto made it 4-2 halfway by the ultimate interval when Auston Matthews and Jarnkrok transformed a two-on-one with Jarnkrok capitalizing on an important feed by Matthews, to set a profession excessive.

The Senators minimize the result in one simply over a minute later when Tkachuk beat Murray excessive stick aspect from in shut.

With Sogaard on the bench, the Senators appeared to tie the sport on an Alex DeBrincat aim, however upon video evaluation the aim was dominated offside.

Ottawa had a second likelihood when TJ Brodie took a tripping penalty with 46 seconds remaining and Tkachuk scored the equalizer with 10.1 seconds remaining.

Tied 1-1 to begin the second the Senators took the lead when Stutzle scored a short-handed aim, extending his level streak to 6 video games (4G, 7A), however 37 seconds later, on the identical energy play, Marner tied the sport along with his twenty sixth of the season.

Toronto took the lead halfway by the interval when Jarnkrok one-timed a Matthews cross from the circle.

Toronto opened the scoring with McCabe scoring his first as a Leaf when he beat Sogaard with a shot from the slot early within the interval. The Senators tied the sport late within the interval when the puck bounced excessive within the air off Gauthier and previous Murray.


Toronto’s Ilya Samsonov and Noel Acciari didn’t make the journey to Ottawa. Samsonov and his spouse expect a child “any day now.” Mark Giordino and Erik Gustafssinn have been scratched for relaxation. Ottawa’s Thomas Chabot was within the lineup regardless of not being 100 per cent. Mark Kastelic and Nick Holden have been scratched.


The Senators are again in motion Monday evening as they head to Pittsburgh to tackle the Penguins, whereas the Leafs will tackle the New York Islanders Tuesday evening.

This report by The Canadian Press was first printed March 18, 2023.

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