Morgan Rielly, Auston Matthews and Mitchell Marner scored for the Maple Leafs, who opened their season with a 3-2 overtime win against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday. Andersen made 19 saves.
“I thought we had a good game. I think we created some good opportunities to score and so did they, but they scored a little bit more,” Andersen said. “They got the most of their opportunities.”
Marner scored on the power play to tie it 3-3 at 18:20 of the second period. He skated past Ottawa defenseman Mark Borowiecki, faked a shot, and beat Anderson past his glove with the goalie sprawled.
Toronto tied it 1-1 29 seconds into the second period when Marner found Rielly with a cross-ice pass for a tap-in at the top of the crease. Matthews put the Maple Leafs up 2-1 at 1:10 after taking a pass from Patrick Marleau in the slot.
“I think things could have gotten a little sideways for us. We gave up two goals [on Toronto’s first two shots of the second], and that just takes the wind out of your sails,” Anderson said. “Looking up there having them be 2-for-2, from a goalie standpoint that doesn’t feel good, so I wanted to make sure I bounced back.”
Senators coach Guy Boucher said there was no panic on the bench despite quickly surrendering the lead.
“Very calm. We’ve talked about that many times, we don’t want to get riled up,” Boucher said. “There’s going to be emotional moments, but we definitely want our emotion to be under control. Anything that we don’t control, it has to be taken out of the equation really quick, and I thought our guys were super at that, and it helped us bounce back.”
The Senators tied it 2-2 at 3:49 of the second when Chabot scored on his own rebound after skating around Maple Leafs forward Tyler Ennis just inside the blue line.
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