Sports Leafs break down late in loss to Senators

05:55  11 january  2018
05:55  11 january  2018 Source:   Toronto Star

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PHILADELPHIA — This was one night where horseshoes, hand grenades and close games did not count for the Maple Leafs . In its fifth straight tight encounter, the previous four decided by a goal, Toronto gave up a late winner and fell 4-2 to the Flyers.

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All-star Auston Matthews and Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen react after Tom Pyatt's winner for the Senators late in the third period on Wednesday night.© Frank Gunn All-star Auston Matthews and Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen react after Tom Pyatt's winner for the Senators late in the third period on Wednesday night.

The Maple Leafs are going into their five-day bye-week break on a bit of a downer, after losing 4-3 Wednesday night to the Ottawa Senators.

The only good news was that Auston Matthews was named to the all-star event, Jan. 26-27 in Tampa.

The Leafs were their own worst enemy on a night of own goals and giveaways.

Morgan Rielly, who had tied the game 3-3, got caught on a questionable pinch that led to an Ottawa three-on-one and Tom Pyatt’s game-winning goal at 16:55 of the third.

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For the third straight game, the Maple Leafs were flat in the first period and fell behind early. They rallied to lead the Senators late in the third period, when a delay of game penalty to “It’s a tough way to go down ,” said Kadri. “But you can’t get too high when you win a shootout and you can’t get too low.

Andreas Borgman scored late in the second, and James van Riemsdyk in the opening minute of the third for Toronto, after Ottawa opened a two-goal lead on goals from Thomas Chabot and Mike Hoffman.

Less than two minutes after van Riemsdyk’s goal, Gabriel Dumont put Ottawa again, necessitating Rielly’s equalizer.

Senators goalie Craig Anderson outdueled his Toronto counterpart, Frederik Andersen: Anderson faced 47 shots, Andersen 32.

A Battle of Ontario game that should have tilted very much in Toronto’s favour leaned heavily toward Ottawa for most of the game.

Ottawa had lost 8-2 at home to Chicago the night before, and the team arrived so late to their Toronto hotel they cancelled their morning skate. Coach Guy Boucher lamented a number of injuries and didn’t express a great deal of confidence in either goalie. The Leafs, meanwhile, seemed to be firing on all cylinders, riding 2-0-1 run while holding a commanding points advantage over their provincial rival.

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With their sixth straight loss , the Senators are looking at their longest winless streak since they went 0-9-2 last season. Bozak gave the Leafs a commanding 3-0 lead with his ninth of the season as he broke in around the defence and lifted a backhander over a sprawled Anderson.

OTTAWA — His Maple Leafs weren’t in mid-season form on Monday night, but coach Mike Babcock certainly was.Babcock didn’t enjoy much of what he witnessed in the Leafs ’ 6-2 loss against the Ottawa Senators in the pre-season opener Email Alerts. Get the latest news in your mailbox as it happens.

The Leafs swarmed Ottawa to start the first period with Matthews getting three chances in close, but failing to convert any of them.

Anderson looked to be having the bounceback game the Senators were hoping for after he had given up four goals in less than 30 minutes of action before getting yanked Tuesday night.

The Leafs outshot Ottawa 16-12, but the Senators had the 1-0 lead after Chabot’s centring pass banked off Roman Polak’s skate and past Andersen.

Mitch Marner got a breakaway on the next shift, but shot wide.

Toronto had a 32-24 shots lead after 40 minutes, but Ottawa maintained its one-goal lead, up 2-1.

Hoffman scored at 1:52 of the second, and Toronto seemed to go through the motions after that until Borgman’s slapshot was redirected by a Senator at 18:10 of the second period — his third goal of the season, first on home ice.

The game was of particular interest to about 20 scouts on hand. Calgary, the New York Rangers, Los Angeles and Columbus — which sent GM Jarmo Kekalainen — doubled up. Typically, between nine and 12 are in attendance at a Leaf game.

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The Senators are struggling, a shadow of the team that went to the conference final last year, and playoff-bound teams are beginning their bargain hunting.

Injuries are a big reason for the Senators’ struggles. They were without forwards Bobby Ryan and Nate Thompson as well as defenceman Mark Borowiecki.

“If we can get players back, that’s what it’s about for us right now,” said Boucher. “You can’t expect to lose those big players and play with the same rhythm. Getting those guys back would be huge for us.”

The Leafs head into the break relatively healthy, with Nikita Zaitsev the only significant injury and he’s n expected back as early as next week. Rookie defenceman Travis Dermott sat out Wednesday’s game as a healthy scratch, as the team rotates three defencemen — Dermott, Borgman and Connor Carrick — into two spots.

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The Maple Leafs are looking for a measure of revenge on Monday night when the Columbus Blue Jackets visit the Air Canada Centre.Goalie Frederik Andersen will be in the Leafs net as they try to avenge a 4-2 loss in Columbus on Dec. 20.“They slapped us around the last time we were in their building, so we have to be ready to play,” said Leafs coach Mike Babcock. The Blue Jackets did not skate Monday morning, after having played against Florida — a 3-2 shootout win — on Sunday. It’s expected backup Joonas Korpisalo, who beat the Leafs last time out, will start in net for the Blue Jackets.Babcock hopes the Blue Jackets are the more tired team. The Leafs had Sunday off.

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