POSTGAME: Leafs fall short in overtime to Sens


The Toronto Maple Leafs gave the best effort they could in front of some fans-from-a-distance in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, but it didn’t go as planned. Despite a very strong third period, the Leafs gave up a late equalizer and fell to the Ottawa Senators by a score of 3 to 2.

The Leafs fell behind late in the first period of this one, thanks to a tricky, tricky play by ultra-elite Ottawa defenceman Erik Karlsson, who opted for a slap pass that was redirected home, and beyond Frederik Andersen, by Derrick Brassard. It led to a score that didn’t quite reflect the performance of the Leafs, especially as they began to put on pressure in the second and third periods.

In that last frame, they finally broke their dry spell. The hero of the period was no doubt roster longshot Byron Froese, who Leafs fans know as a draw-taking grinder despite the brilliant half-season he had with the Toronto Marlies in 2014/15. That was the Froese that showed up for this one, as he both tied the game with a rebound of a Morgan Rielly point shot and helped set up a go-ahead goal when he fed an open Kasperi Kapanen, who had one of his better nights of the pre-season.

Unfortunately, life wasn’t meant to be perfect for this team, and late in the period, Brassard added his own second point of the night, making a brilliant pass to Matt Puempel to tie it up. Toronto was given a late powerplay to make one more push for a win but lost it due to a penalty taken by Jake Gardiner.

Auston Matthews, who once again looked like the best player on this team, helped kill it to force overtime. Unfortunately, that’s as close as the Leafs got to winning for the home-away-from-home crowd. Toronto still had that penalty to kill in overtime, and ultimately, Karlsson repeated his prior trick, opting to find Bobby Ryan for the game-winning, powerplay one-timer just twenty seconds into OT.

With the Loss, the Leafs move into… right, no season, no standings. Anyway, their next game is on Thursday, when the Leafs take on the Habs in Montreal. puck drop is at 7:30 PM.

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  • Harte of a Lion

    I hope that Lievo makes the team as he will be claimed if the team attempts to slip him through waivers. The fact that he is not playing many pre-season games could be looked at 2 ways
    1. Management has decided he has proven he belongs and is giving the other young players a look
    2. The team has decided that he isn’t a good fit and hopes that they can slip him through waivers because he hasn’t shown anything in camp.
    Josh Lievo has always been a favourite of mine since his tremendous playoffs with the Kitchener Rangers after arriving in a trade from the Wolves. He has progressed every year since joining the Marlies and has been counted on as a ‘clutch player’ in many big games. Losing Lievo to waivers will be a huge mistake. IMO, Lievo could and will contribute to the success of the Leafs if given a chance.