Matt Murray shines as Leafs scrape by Senators in shootout
Mar 18, 2023
Matt Murray made 48 saves and stopped 6 of 9 shootout attempts to help the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs to a 5-4 win against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.
Calle Jarnkrok scored two goals, Mitchell Marner had a goal and an assist and John Tavares and Auston Matthews each had two assists for the Maple Leafs (42-18-9, 93 points), who are 4-1-1 in their past six games.
Brady Tkachuk scored two goals, Tim Stutzle had a goal and an assist, Travis Hamonic had two assists and Mads Sogaard made 25 saves for the Senators (33-31-5, 71 points), who have lost five in a row.
After the Senators appeared to tie the score with Sogaard pulled for an extra attacker and 1:52 left, the Maple Leafs challenged for offsides and the goal was overruled, but Tkachuk would score with 10.1 seconds remaining to tie the score at 4-4.
Jake McCabe scored off a rebound to give the Maple Leafs a 1-0 lead at 3:11 of the first period.
It was McCabe's first point since being traded from the Chicago Blackhawks on Feb. 27.
Julien Gauthier was credited with the goal that tied it 1-1 at 14:28 of the first period.
Erik Brannstrom took a wrist shot from the point that hit Shane Pinto and then Gauthier, popped in the air and landed behind Murray before sliding across the goal line.
Murray otherwise had 18 saves in the first period in which the Maples Leafs were outshot 19-9.
Stutzle scored short-handed off a three-on-two rush to move the Senators ahead 2-1 at 5:32 of the second.
Marner scored 37 seconds later on a wrist shot from the right circle on the same power play to tie it 2-2.
The Maple Leafs moved back ahead 3-2 at 9:16 of the second when Matthews fed Jarnkrok from below the goal line for a one-timer from the right circle.
Jarnkrok scored off a feed from Matthews to finish off a two-on-one break and stretch the lead to 4-2 at 9:39 of the third period.
Tkachuk scored off a pass from behind the net from Stutzle to make it 4-3 at 10:42.
--Field Level Media