Marner lifts Maple Leafs past Senators in OT
Mitchell Marner scored with 1:06 remaining in overtime to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 2-1 win against the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Arena on Saturday.
Marner won it with a one-timer on the power play after receiving a pass in the high slot from William Nylander.
“I don’t think anyone really thinks I’m going to shoot that,” Marner said. “The first passes I got, I looked at the net and saw a little bit of a lane and then the third pass I got I decided to try to get it to the net with John Tavares in front. Luckily it went in.”
Jason Spezza also scored, and Michael Hutchinson made 24 saves for the Maple Leafs (28-17-7), who have won three in a row.
“I thought we stayed with it,” Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe said. “We knew it was going to be a hard game and it was, they played extremely hard and credit to them for the plan they put in place. On back-to-back games for them, it was clear how important this game was to them, but it was important to us as well.”
Mark Borowiecki scored, and Craig Anderson made 34 saves for the Senators (18-24-10), who were coming off a 5-3 loss to the Washington Capitals on Friday.
They said it
“It was a pretty exciting game to be a part of. I think the fans enjoyed it and there was a lot of energy in the building. That’s a team you can’t trade chances with, they’ve got too much firepower and I thought we did a good job though limiting the amount of chances we gave up. They gave up some chances and we just weren’t able to capitalize on it.” — Senators goalie Craig Anderson
“He’s been huge for us. Last year he was huge for us when he was in that net as well. I mean, everyone goes through slumps and games that they don’t like. It happens in this League, but I think now he’s got his confidence back, his swagger back. He gives our whole team confidence when we see him making some of those big saves. He’s been great for us and it’s great seeing him have his swagger back.” — Maple Leafs forward Mitchell Marner on Michael Hutchinson, who has won four straight starts
Need to know
Senators forward Anthony Duclair has gone 14 games without a goal. … Nylander had his five-game goal streak end but extended his point streak to seven games (five goals, four assists).
Senators: Host the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; TSN5, RDS2, PRIME, NHL.TV)
Maple Leafs: Host the Florida Panthers on Monday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, TVAS, TSN4, FS-F, NHL.TV)
Struck down the Senators in overtime.
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