Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Mason Raymond and Tyler Bozak tallied
shootout goals while Jonathan Bernier turned away both shots he faced to lift
the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 5-4 shootout victory over the Ottawa Senators.
Bernier stopped all 15 shots he faced in regulation and overtime after taking
over between the pipes midway through the second period for James Reimer, who
yielded four goals on 21 shots.
Raymond, Nazem Kadri, Joffrey Lupul and James van Riemsdyk scored for Toronto,
which overcame a 4-2 deficit to force extra time. Lupul notched his goal 17
seconds before the second intermission and van Riemsdyk lit the lamp 2:52 into
the third frame to tie the score.
"We played in parts and we were sloppy throughout it but we still found a way
to get two points," Toronto head coach Randy Carlyle remarked. "So we'll take
that and move on."
Kyle Turris had a goal and two assists for the Sens while Cory Conacher, Jared
Cowen and Jason Spezza each registered a goal in defeat.
Craig Anderson stopped 38-of-42 shots he faced in net for Ottawa, which opened
its season with a 1-0 victory at Buffalo on Friday.
Raymond started the shootout with a nifty spin move, tapping in an easy goal
after faking out Anderson. Milan Michalek then skated in and ripped a shot off
the crossbar. After Bozak slid a goal under Anderson, Spezza was denied to end
"I think it's a very unfair play for the goaltender for the guy to come in and
blow snow on him," Senators head coach Paul MacLean said of Raymond's spin
move in the shootout. "To me he came to a full stop and the puck went
backwards and came forwards, but that's me. I'm only a fisherman from Nova
Scotia, so I don't know nothin' about nothin'."
Trailing 4-2 late in the second period, Toronto charged down the ice and got
the puck to Kadri, who passed to Raymond on the goal line. Raymond surveyed
the ice and sent a sharp pass to Lupul, who occupied space in the middle.
Lupul corralled the puck and smacked one past Anderson for a 4-3 deficit
heading into the third.
Early in the third period, Phil Kessel flipped it to himself along the boards
and chased down the puck for a 2-on-1 rush. Kessel skated toward the net and
dropped a pass to van Riemsdyk, who knocked it in to tie the game.
Ottawa snapped a 2-2 tie with a pair of goals 15 seconds apart midway through
the second. Cowen broke the draw with a wrister into a relatively open net
after Reimer was taken down by his own defender earlier in the play. Spezza
controlled a faceoff seconds later and one-timed a loose puck for a 4-2
The Leafs opened the scoring on Raymond's second goal of the season. Quick
passing behind the net by Troy Bodie and Dave Bolland led to Raymond tapping
it in from point blank.
Turris scored the first Senators goal on a beautiful feed from a slashing
Cowen and set up Conacher's go-ahead tally minutes later. Taking advantage of
sloppy defending in front of Reimer, Turris poked the puck toward the net,
where an opportunistic Conacher was there to bat it home.
Raymond set up Kadri's goal late in the opening period, faking a shot and
laying a pass to the left of Anderson, where an open Kadri easily put it home.
The Leafs improved to 3-0-0 to begin a season for the third time in the last
four years ... Toronto converted 2-of-6 power plays while Ottawa failed to
score on its only man advantage ... Ottawa's Patrick Wiercioch had two assists
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