OTTAWA – Toronto Maple Leafs had one goal and two assists from Mitch Marner in Saturday night’s 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators at the Canada Tire Center.
The win divided Maple Leafs (2-0-0) back-to-back sets in the country’s capital. The Senators (1-1-0) won their regular season 5-3 against Toronto the night before.
Joe Thornton and Austin Mathews had a goal and almost assisted for Toronto. Nick Paul and Tim Stuttgel scored for Ottawa.
Matt Murray returned to the Ottawa net when Maple Leafs backup goalkeeper Jack Campbell made his first start of his young season.
Toronto came out to fly much sooner than the tune had to be fixed after a midterm on Friday. Ottawa withstood the initial pressure and opened the scoring at 10:55.
Nikita Zaitsev fired a rising shot from the point where the point hit the slot in Polly’s mid-section. The pack landed on Paul’s feet and pped Campbell for the first goal of the year
A few more moments later Toronto was pulling towards Tantanto after Tantanto’s great back pass to Tantanto, who shot and killed Murph in the face.
It was the first goal of the season for the 41-year-old forward, who signed a one-year deal with Maple Leafs in the off-season.
Marara made it 2-1 at 1:10 in the second half. He grabbed a loose puck from the face-off and fired a shot that surpassed Eric Goodbronson and past Marquez.
Marner became his dazzler in the third period when he set up Austin Mathews at 24:42.
During Toronto’s power play, Marner punched a hole in the middle of his leg and his linemate hit a one-timer for the first goal of the year.
Stuttle, who was selected with a third overall pick in last year’s draft, scored the NHL goal in his first career style. This 19-year-old German shows great time by connecting to an arching puck after hitting an ice, beating Campbell in the short side.
However, Stuttgel took a tripping penalty leaving the regulation at 2:49. Ottawa scored in the final minute as an extra attacker but could not pull despite a bit of late pressure.
Maple Leafs spread the senators 40-19.
Both teams have changed lineups, replacing Artem Anisimov as Colin White Ottawa. Nick Robertson agreed to Toronto before Alexander Barabanov.
Robertson played just two minutes and 20 seconds before leaving the game with a knee injury.
Maple Leafs opened the season on Wednesday with a 5-4 overtime win over visiting Montreal Canadians.
The senators will continue the home stand in the first four games with the first two matches against Winnipeg on Tuesday. Maple Leafs will return home to play the Jets on Monday night.