Saturday, January 16, 2021 07:00 PM (ET)

Mitch Marner powers Leafs past Senators

Field Level Media
Jan 16, 2021

Mitch Marner had a goal and two assists and the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Saturday night.

Joe Thornton and Auston Matthews each added a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs, who gained a split of the back-to-back games in Ottawa and have won two of three games this season.

Nick Paul and Tim Stutzle scored for the Senators, who won their season-opener Friday.

Jack Campbell stopped 17 shots in the Toronto goal in his first game of the season.

Matt Murray stopped 37 shots for Ottawa.

Paul opened the scoring at 10:55 of the first period, stuffing home the rebound on a slap shot from the point by Nikita Zaitsev, the former Maple Leaf who had two assists on Friday.

Thornton tied the game at 14:17 on a wrist shot from the right circle after he accepted a drop pass from Marner. TJ Brodie's stretch pass up the right side started the play.

Toronto took a 2-1 lead at 1:10 of the second period. Matthews won the faceoff and got the puck to Marner, whose shot from the top edge of the left circle was deflected by a defender's skate past Murray.

Ottawa survived Toronto's five-on-three advantage for 12 seconds in the second when penalties to Thomas Chabot and Cedric Paquette overlapped.

The Senators failed to score when they had a two-man advantage for one minute, 20 seconds later in the second with Ilya Mikheyev and Marner serving penalties. Josh Norris had the best chance, missing an open net.

Matthews scored on a power play at 2:42 of the third period on a 43-foot slap shot after taking Marner's drop pass. Josh Brown was off for holding.

Stutzle, a 19-year-old first-round draft pick, scored his first career NHL goal at 11:44 of the third period with a slap shot from the right circle on a bouncing pass from Chabot.

Toronto's Nick Robertson injured his knee crashing into the boards in the first period and did not return.

--Field Level Media

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